Questions tagged [flagging]

For questions about the flagging process, how flags are handled, etc. Flagging is the process of bringing a post to a community moderator's attention for any reason.

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What should I do when I see a spam post on MO?

What is the correct way to handle spam on MathOverflow? Can regular users do something when they see a spam post?
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Flagging spam user

I just noticed an "Autobiographer" badge awarded to this unusually named user: https://mathoverflow.net/users/117744 . I immediately moved to flag this obviously spam account, only to realise that ...
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Ability to flag user accounts as spam

There is currently no method to flag a user account as spam (only posts). However, there is a huge influx of user accounts that are clearly spam (look for the "Autobiographer" badge on the ...
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What's the difference between two off-topic flags? [duplicate]

I'm sure that this is somewhere on MMO, but my searching hasn't turned it up. When I flag a question as off-topic, two of the options that I am given are "This question does not appear to be about ...
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Problem with posts and comments relying on macros defined elsewhere

MathJax supports possibility do define macros. (Using \newcommand, \DeclareMathOperator, \def...
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I flagged a question with the wrong option. What should I do?

Should I leave it as it is, or leave a comment to this, or flag for moderator attention and explain my mistake? I do not want to draw attention to the specific question this is why I do not link it ...
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What to do when a post contains a "suspicious" link (possibly with copyrighted material)?

Occasionally there some posts on the main site contain links where it is very natural to suspect that the link provides access to some material without having the necessary legal rights. Should the ...
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How to report intrisically spammy user accounts?

Sometimes, I notice that some very odd username is listed on Home as having earned the "Autobiographer" badge, where by "odd" I mean something very much non-mathematical and ...
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Flagging Low Quality Questions

For questions of extremely low quality that are sure to get closed anyway, do the moderators still want flags? Or is that just cluttering up their mailboxes to no purpose?
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Disabled button not visible in flag dialog

Since a while, it's possible to retract a flag by opening the flag dialog again and clicking the 'Retract flag' button. Of course, if the flag is already handled, retracting isn't possible. In this ...
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Stack Overflow Reference in Out of topic flag

This question is motivated by this post, but not exclusively. When we flag OP's as off topic, under the "this question belongs in another site of the stack community", the StackOverflow website is ...
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