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See the following Meta Stack Exchange posts: What is a disputed flag? What is the difference between disputed and declined flags? From the last post: Disputed flag: When you flag an answer as NAA or VLQ and the post doesn't result in deletion but someone recommended deletion, the flag is disputed. Spam and offensive flags on post that are rolled back ...


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How many flags do I have? When you start out, you are allotted 10 flags per day. This number may increase to up to 100 flags per day: You get one bonus flag per 2000 reputation. You are awarded additional bonus flags when you flag correctly - one bonus flag for every ten net helpful flags (helpful flags minus declined flags). https://gis.stackexchange....


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That's a good question. We currently have six mods, so two would have to agree. Of course this will increase mod work load and time until flags are resolved. In this case, I declined the flag. Mostly because I've started to see this pattern that users flag answers as bad but don't downvote them - for whatever reason I don't understand. I agree that this ...


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Is flagging the question with "in need of moderator intervention" the right course of action in theses cases? Before flagging please consider other community options available to you. Use the Down-vote, Comment, and/or Vote to close options to raise the problem to the attention of the community, that way if the community agrees then further votes will ...


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I think if both questions have same quality, flag the newer one to be a duplicate of the older (this is the default action). On the other hand, if a newer question has (much) more quality than the older one (i.e., there is no doubt about it), flag the oldest as the dupe. Here are 2 posts from Meta Stack Exchange in line with above: Should I vote to ...


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When marking a question as duplicate, the Quality of Question and Answers is far more important, than the age of the Question. Secondly, you should avoid chaining of duplicates. What I mean is that suppose Question X is marked as duplicate of Question Y. Now when you see a new Question A, which can be marked as a duplicate, it would be better to mark it as ...


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"Not an answer" or "In need of moderator attention" are both good options for link-only answers. I lean more towards "moderator attention" as you can add your own comment, eg "Link only answer" however using "Not an answer" should also be enough as the reviewing moderator can see that an answer is link-only.


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I was the moderator that added that comment, and I'll try to explain my comment here. There is a limit to the number of characters I can add to a flag comment, so may not have been able to include a full explanation at the time. You wrote: but I always thought that a post notice was the best choice and in the flag comment I wrote: Please don't ...


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I think the best time to flag, comment, edit, vote, etc is when you first see an issue with a post because the longer a post goes with no feedback, the more likely the attention of the poster may no longer be there to act on that feedback. Likewise for moderators responding to flags. Users are free to apply grace periods in any way that they wish but there ...


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Options, from strongest to weakest, include: Edit the answer. Provide an answer of your own specifically countering the accepted answer. Comment (politely) on the answer. Downvote the answer. Any combination of these can be applied. Moderators are not intended to arbitrate questions of fact or accuracy. The expectation is that through the mechanisms ...


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I echo much of what @PolyGeo already wrote, however, as I declined your flag I feel responsible to give you the thought process behind that action. I see flags as a binary response to questionable answers: Is the answer vulgar, controversial, or simply not an answer (e.g. a question about the question)? If no, do not flag it and instead use a downvote ...


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Flagged questions are automatically brought to the community's attention: little icons in the top strip (usually to the left of the "review" link) will light up and link to lists of flagged posts. The system already has a mechanism to identify questions on hold, although it might not be too well known: use the advanced search option closed:yes and sort by ...


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The preference of GIS Moderators for users to consider commenting, editing and/or downvoting, rather than flagging as low quality, for anything but the lowest quality posts is long standing. For example see this answer by @underdark to Why was Very Low Quality flag declined? I think it is line with this answer to The limits to a Very Low Quality answer at ...


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When I review a flag for "Not An Answer" the main guidance that I use in my actions stems from Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer? The actions I take will generally be: if there really is no useful information in the post itself (i.e. as if the link were broken or did not exist) then I apply a post notice to say that there is ...


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It is not showing the flag icon because one can't flag his/her own comments. The reason is they can be directly deleted. Flagging own comments was already requested in the Main Meta site at least twice, but it was not well received. See: Allow flagging own comments Allow me to flag my own comments as obsolete One option is to flag comments from others (or ...


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Please don't jump to conclusions. 1) Your first example is gone, so I cannot comment but scraping is not necessarily unethical and is repeatedly deemed legal in courts in various countries. What the person does with the acquired data is their own choice. 2) It is not per se unethical to extract information from raster data or change values. The poster got ...


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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Either flagging a moderator from a question, or posting like you have here, seem like reasonable actions to me. However, I think the first action, upon spotting what appears to be the same person using more than one account is to mention that in comments on the post(s) and point them at the help instructions ...


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When handling flags there are some generic reasons available to choose when declining, and also the option to write up to about a three line comment. I usually try to exercise that option. However, it does take time which can often be in short supply. The most common reason that I will decline a flag is when it appears to have been used in preference to ...


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Just some comments on your four examples: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/50075 - unanswered after near 4 years - not enough info to enable a potential answerer to answer and asker appears to comment along lines of "leave it with me" - good flag, good closure viewshed analysis QGIS - unanswered after near 2 years - very unclear question - good flag, ...


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Overall, there isn't anything wrong with flagging 'old' questions, provided the reason for doing so is valid. As Midavalo and PolyGeo point out, the question is too old to migrate to another SE site, but that may not mean it should remain open either. You may be seeing some flags on older questions if users are trying to reduce the list of unanswered ...


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The community can assist with keeping things clean by using votes instead of flagging. A Close vote will add it to the review queue and if enough of the community (4 others) agree the question will be closed - these don't need to be flagged for moderator intervention. Down-voting is also recommended to indicate to the asker that their question may need ...


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There is no un-flag option - it is flagged to 3 of the GIS-SE moderators who then can take action - in your case it was made a community wiki - What are "Community Wiki" posts?


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It sounds like you think the questions should be deleted and, as a moderator, I would be happy to do that if the community sends a clear enough signal to me that they believe it is appropriate to do so. The guidelines I follow on when to delete come from: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What ...


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https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/342843/115 was the first, and so far only, post by the answerer, and as such I was reluctant to greet them with a validated spam flag. Their blog post was professionally written, and so I thought their skills could be an asset to our site, once they became familiar with its protocols. As a result, and from its history, it ...


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With respect to: Should I have chosen "it is very low quality" instead? which relates to a flag on an answer to How to represent overlapping lines in ArcGIS for Desktop? I cannot remember whether I saw this answer come up via a flag or the review queue, but I can see that my action on it was to downvote the answer and upvote the comment by RyanDalton ...


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The question is closed, has no answer and no real value for future visitors. I didn't see much value in editing the comments of such a thread. So far, I've been following the rule of only removing abusive comments - for the sake of transparency. If the general opinion is that comment sections should be edited more heavily, I'm fine with that too but I ...


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