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18 votes

Why is the following statement about men not rude?

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. ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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14 votes

Rude/abusive flag declined?

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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We get a lot of answers here... should we implement some system changes that will encourage users to review existing answers before adding their own?

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 ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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12 votes

Can we agree that certain terms are offensive and stop using them on the site?

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 ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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How to tell whether comments have been deleted due to moderator action or user flagging

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 ...
goldPseudo's user avatar
9 votes

How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
8 votes

How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
7 votes
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Should this answer remain?

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 ...
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7 votes

How is the community doing at deleting answers flagged as Not an Answer?

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 ...
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6 votes

How to tell whether comments have been deleted due to moderator action or user flagging

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 ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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6 votes

What button do I press to flag for undelete?

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 ...
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Is it OK to make the same comment on every answer?

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. ...
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When is an answer 'not an answer'?

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 ...
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Rude/abusive flag declined?

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 ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
3 votes

How is the community doing at deleting answers flagged as Not an Answer?

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 ...
Magisch's user avatar
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3 votes

Why was an answer suggesting dosing a thief with laxatives not deleted?

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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
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2 votes

Rude/abusive flag declined?

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 ...
English Student's user avatar
2 votes

How should we address answers that advocate violence?

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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
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2 votes

Should this answer remain?

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 ...
apaul's user avatar
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1 vote

Is it OK to make the same comment on every answer?

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 ...
sphennings's user avatar
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1 vote

What should we do with answers that are not backed-up?

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. ...
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