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I didn't decline that flag, but here's my take on it. If you have the tools to do something as a user, you should be using those tools. There's nothing that I, as a moderator can do that you as a user cannot do. Therefore, don't put it into my flag queue. As an example, the right thing to do in this case would be to edit the topic title (along with the post ...


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I guess I should have searched all of the meta sites... It turns out that there is a formula used to increase the flag quantity based on activity. Recent changes to flagging and limits You start with 10 flags per day. Based on your reputation and flagging history, you can end up with as many as 100 per day. Currently, that means you get an extra flag per ...


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First off, do a little sanity-check: are you sure the question is off-topic? If it's about cats, then that's an easy check; otherwise, review the faq. Next, do another sanity-check: is it spam? Is it someone trolling for attention? There are specific flags for "spam" and "it is not welcome in our community" that are a heck of a lot more effective than ...


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That particular flag is notoriously ambiguous, the reason it's still called 'very low quality' is that we've yet to come up with a phrase that better defines what it's trying to tell you. Put simply, that flag means 'toxic waste' - can't be salvaged without a heroic edit, it's gibberish, indecipherable sledge, or something similar. If you would hesitate to ...


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Topicality doesn't apply to answers, inasmuch as the answers answer the question. It only applies to questions. The same principle applies to duplication; only questions can be duplicated. "Blue" is the same answer to the questions "What color is your car," and "How do I feel today?"


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I fat fingered this. The conversation in the comments had definitely taken a non constructive turn, and your flag was helpful (~ it pointed me to the right direction). The type of the flag is secondary, and it didn't play a role here. Apologies. I owe you a helpful flag ;)


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I had to think about this one a bit. Practical and answerable? Perhaps it is because the OP is likely asking trying to figure out how to squeeze performance out of SQL Server in low level mathematical operations. The question is intriguing to me to but then I am particularly fond of questions that concern strategies in tuning an application. In all, I am ...


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If you see something that doesn't agree with you on this site with regards to content or user actions, then please flag for a community moderator. That is why we are here so that you don't have to go to StackExchange directly with questions like this. If something we see needs to be addressed that is outside of our control then we will contact ...


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With the exception of the spam flag, I wouldn't worry much about picking the correct comment flag. When in doubt, "too chatty" is usually the better option. If you really feel none of the predefined flags describe the issue, you always have the option of telling us exactly what's going on in a custom flag (the "other..." option).


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I declined the flag. I simply didn't see what was so urgent about a question that may or may not have been posted here to bypass the title filter in Stack Overflow. To me, it was a typical off topic question and I saw no reason to intervene. The NPR days are long behind us, we have a lot more than a handful active close voters now. If you are out of close ...


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Like Thomas I didn't handle the flag; but, like the moderator who did, I would have declined it too. Moderators are here to do the things you can't. You shouldn't be using us as your proxy. As Thomas said either edit the question into shape and vote to migrate or just vote to close in place. If the user is question blocked the migration will be ...


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I took care of it. I got distracted and forgot to finish dealing with the question.


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If a question is otherwise a good question, tool questions are likely to belong on Stack Overflow, and that site is a migration target. Potentially, Super User, Unix and Linux, Ubuntu, Mathematica, and others could be suitable targets. Some of these sites are not available to users, but mods can migrate to any site on the network. If the question isn't good,...


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Your arguments look sane; let's just try it. As of right now... ...Authors will be warned when adding an answer if there are 5 answers already on the question. (also, comments scoring < 1 will be collapsed by default) ...It'll take 5 answers from new users in a day to auto-protect a question (unless at least 3 are deleted). ...A moderator flag will be ...


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I'm not a moderator and don't have 10K rep, but I'm going to go ahead and answer anyway. If I'm completely wrong about this, I'll at least learn something by being corrected. Both the answer you linked and the description you quoted seem pretty clear to me. An answer is "very low quality" when it is unsalvageable or incomprehensible. It is not just ...


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I tended to use doesn't belong here->off topic->other with an explanation in the free form box when I didn't have 3k. I would think if it doesn't fit anything else, at least the reason you enter in "other" is likely visible to moderators if no one else. Besides, technically that's what "other" is for, specifically when the listed choices don't fit.


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I think that part of the reason questions like the hypothetical pair programming and politics questions get closed is that they attract answers not related to programming. But I don't think that is (always) the fault of the question, nor that all such questions should be off topic. I think it is the fault of the answers. I think all questions should ...


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