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As the mod who declined your flag, and as something of a third party, I might as well give my two cents. You detailed your objections to the passage; that's good, and I'll try to reply to them all. This kind of thing is a big part of the reason that women have largely dropped out of game culture... Blames men without any reason for ...


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1. Raise the autoflag threshold to 15. We have issues on Worldbuilding with questions that get lots of answers. The HNQ effect means that many get 10 or more, and our record is at least 30 or 40, I think. However, we (the Worldbuilding mods) did there what we (the IPS mods) do here, and let the answer autoflags sit for a while. So we got the threshold raised,...


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If there is a single troublesome word that is the penultimate word in the entire post, it is very easy to miss. I'm sorry. I missed it. Bad mod! I'd like to use this opportunity, however, to point out something that I find troublesome as a moderator. You all have edit rights. I've deleted the word from the answer but you (or any number of other users) could ...


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I think context matters a lot. Rather than a list of words that are fine, not fine, context matters. What if you're talking about a literal nazi? I use rightie and leftie in terms of my handedness. I was born left handed, and was forced to switch to right handedness so - I use leftie and rightie in that context. In any case, we have one simple rule that ...


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Short of a diamond mod actually telling you, there's really no way to know. If you suspect comments are being deleted unfairly by the community, you can flag the parent post for moderator attention and they can look into it. But comments on the whole are treated as third-class citizens, so they're pretty much by design allowed — expected, even — ...


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In generations past a common response to a school bully was to learn to hit back. I don't think we gain anything by declaring answers in this vein as taboo or invalid and deleting them. So let's allow them, but I expect that they would in general be downvoted.


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Yes they should be allowed. There is a spectrum, and it's going to be too hard (and unproductive) to write a policy that covers the mushy middle. I expect we all agree that an answer advocating murdering somebody who ignored your "no solicitors" sign and wants to talk to you about Tupperware would be wholly inappropriate -- rude or abusive, actually. I ...


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Generally I err on the side of discouraging "answers" that don't answer the question. We have enough of a problem with people attempting to use this site as their personal soapbox that I'm not comfortable creating exceptions to that policy. Since I feel that we shouldn't be creating exceptions to our answer policy I think we should handle it like any other ...


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Context is everything. My response to Beofett was in the context of the extra load enforcing a "back it up" policy would impose on moderators. My response was meant to indicate that moderators wouldn't be handling most of that load. My response to you was in the context of moving forward with enforcement by way of a post notice. Post notices require ...


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Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for bringing it to our attention! The right button to press is the flag button. You can select the option "in need of moderator intervention", and then write a note there explaining that you would like it considered for undeletion. The flag will show up in the moderator queue so we can take a look at your post. If you ...


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As goldPseudo said, that information is only available to mods (we're also the only one who can see deleted comments). If you really really really need to know for some reason, you can flag the post or ask us in chat, but it's usually just not relevant. Let me give some data about the specific question, though. As of me writing this answer, there are . . . ...


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Here is what happens when you flag something as "Not an Answer": It goes through the Low-Quality Posts review queue. The community reviews it. Depending on the result of the review, the answer is deleted or not. Now, if you flag something using a custom mod flag: It doesn't go through the review queue. The community doesn't get the chance to ...


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It's worth remembering, you can downvote - which encourages the user to self delete, and comment (politely!) to let him know that the language is unacceptable. A good chunk of moderation, as it should work here is meta moderation. We use meta as a body of community decisions, but actually voting down, and engaging other users is just as important. ...


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Why was this flag declined? I was not the moderator that handled your flag, but I can see why it was declined. This is a case of nr. 1: the commenter directly identified a problem with every answer. We love answers that include back-up, be that personal experience or sources. This has been discussed on meta several times, most recently here. Mass ...


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Eh... I'm of two minds about this. There's the technically correct Stack Exchange thing to do, and then there's the deep down right thing to do. Probably something that everyone has to check their own personal moral compass on, but I tend to think that's a good thing sometimes. Interpersonal skills aren't as cut and dry as most subjects. One of the really ...


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There may be other things that are relevant that I'm not thinking of - deleted by users/moderators but never flagged, perhaps? Score of the deleted/disputed/declined posts? I'd personally be interested in: How many answers got a comment outlining the need to be backed up and were subsequently edited and not deleted? How many answers got a comment ...


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It's a borderline answer, perhaps. Downvotes are the obvious choice here if you wish to indicate disapproval; until you can prove that it fully deserves a deletion. I've not seen it enter the Low Quality Posts review queue. So that's possibly one reason the regular users haven't deleted it. For one, I'm not sure if it fully deserves a deletion though. It ...


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As @Catija said in comments, we don't delete bad answers; we downvote them. So this answer doesn't need to be deleted even if you think the advice is not good. Moderator eventually removing the offensive word alone was exactly the right decision, which she has urged all edit-enabled members to do themselves in future. I would only add that I expect ...


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We must not put a blanket ban on any answers. Even though smacking a person is in itself a bad thing, sometimes, in some contexts, it's one of the best things to do, say, to stop a bully, one smack right back at him might stop him from bullying ever again. And, deletion is not for answers that you disagree with or are technically incorrect. Their outright ...


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Since I'm not a moderator I cannot comment on the specifics about why your flag was declined. We haven't had a problem with mass comments like the one you are describing. I don't think it's necessary at this time for us to create a policy either. Existing policies should be enough to manage such actions. If a comment isn't requesting clarification or ...


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Questions lacking explanation, justification and other 'requirements' might be considered partial answers. They do make an attempt at answering the question, but they are clearly not complete. Generally, partial questions are fine. After all, they can be useful to the question and it is better to have them as an answer than as a comment. However, a trend ...


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