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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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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Question visibility and reputation

I wonder whether the visibility of a post changes according to the user's reputation asking the question. Is it also known if a user's posts' visibility is affected by other actions, like having ...
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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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Possible additional option for “See Math.Stackexchange” close vote [duplicate]

Some of the most common close votes are for people who have posted homework questions, to which the usual appropriate response (to my understanding) is to flag as off-topic with the message "...
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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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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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Problem with posts and comments relying on macros defined elsewhere

MathJax supports possibility do define macros. (Using \newcommand, \DeclareMathOperator, \def...
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Reviewing after flagging

Several times, I've seen an inappropriate post under "new questions", flagged it, found it in a queue, and been unable to review it (specifically, unable to flag it, and so unable to click the "I'm ...
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To contact moderator who responded for flag

Suppose I have raised a flag and moderator has responded for that flag, accepted/declined it. I am happy/not happy with their decision and would like to thank/explain the point to the moderator who ...
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Ability to flag for migration to other stackoverflow sites

Currently on mathoverflow, flags can be set for questions to be migrated to meta.mathoverflow, math.stackexchange, and stats.stackexchange. However, there are often questions that belong on other ...
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Why did flagging a comment for deletion made it disappear immediately?

I wrote a comment under an answer, claiming that the answer was wrong. The poster replied to me in another comment, showing that my argument was wrong. Acknowledging this, I deleted my comment and ...
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What's the difference between two off-topic flags?

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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On flagging: what is “research level” *or* does it make sense to flag a question with positive vote ratings?

I like to contribute to MO by flagging questions that I think are rather general and thus more suitable for e.g. Mathematics.SE. Recently it is becoming clear to me that my idea of "research level" is ...
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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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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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Flagging old questions for closure

Someone has recently been flagging lots of very old questions for closure as "primarily opinion-based" or "off topic". In my opinion, there is no good reason to close very old questions, especially ...
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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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How to undo flagging? [duplicate]

I've erroneously flagged an answer as spam (some anonymous user tried to edit it by seemingly injecting some spam and this confused me), how do I cancel my action?
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Mixed reviews - can I have a decision reversed?

The image says it all really - I flagged when the question was still open so how come the question was then put on hold but my flag rejected? https://mathoverflow.net/questions/229147/bourbakis-book-...
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The strange case of a declined comment flag

I came across this question and noticed there were four comments stating the current number of deleted answers. However, as none of them were up-to-date, I decided to flag them as obsolete. But here'...
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Can the flagging of off-topic questions be simplified?

To help keep Mathoverflow tidy, by speeding up the removal of inappropriate questions, I often flag them and vote them down. In every case, the need for removal is obvious. Almost none of these ...
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Flag remainings

this is my first question on this meta website, so sorry if I am off-topic. I flag sometimes some questions, often because of spam (I hate this) but also sometimes for off-topic or duplicate. It is ...
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When should an answer be flagged as “not an answer”?

Since the upgrade to MO2.0 there are some new flags, among others it is now possible to flag an answer as "not an answer." I believe this notifies the moderators only (as opposed to having any ...
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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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Flagging Options

When I flag a question, I'm given a menu of possible reasons. Sometimes there are only three reasons (roughly "Spam", "Offensive" and "Needs Moderator Attention"). Other times there are more (e.g. "...