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This is an answer as a private member of MO, without my moderator hat on. I'll admit I've never understood the argument that there could be something wrong with linking; the internet is a big scary place, we're (mostly) adults, and you can make a link to something for many reasons, only some of which indicate endorsement. That said, lawyers will try all ...


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The OCILLA (part of DMCA) already specifies a process (notice and takedown) that takes care of these issues. This process also removes from us the burden of determining whether a particular link is infringing or not: this is now the responsibility of whoever prepares the notice. So MO should continue to process DMCA notices (which it already does), and no ...


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There are now lots of similarly named accounts (having to do with car insurance) showing up in Recent Badges. I think they are effectively spamming in the Recent Badges space. Going back further, there is another set having to do with dentists in Dubai... I advocate for immediate destruction of such clusters of accounts, and broader network-level blocks ...


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I'm happy to hear what the community thinks, but my instinctual reaction would be to destroy it. The account has no business here and the page is meanwhile free billboard space: not something I think should be condoned.


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Any user with at least 15 reputation points should flag the post as spam. After 6 spam flags, the post is deleted. In addition to being deleted, even for users who can see the deleted posts, the content of the post is hidden - although they can still access the revision history. The same thing happens after a total of 6 flags that are either "spam", or "rude ...


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The related question on Meta.SE popped up today and I looked into this to see if I could figure it out. Looks like the misspelling of "Lipschitz" lead to a word that triggers single-flag deletion appearing in the comment, which was why the no longer needed flag immediately deleted this comment. For completeness, my answer on Meta.SE: In this case, the ...


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Just relax. There are so many people who are able (and often very eager) to vote for closure, deletion, reopening, etc. directly that adding new "active flaggers" to them will do more harm than good, IMHO, especially when flagging is done on the "not research level" basis. We've got more than enough tug-of-war games and heated arguments between ourselves on ...


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As pointed out in comments, one can always write moderators@mathoverflow.net. From my own point of view, that would be the preferred option. If it's something quick, a user can raise a second flag. I've seen this done when a user felt that a prior message in a flag hadn't gotten through or was misunderstood. A third option is a private chat room, as ...


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If a question is already closed but not particularly offensive, it isn't really necessary to flag for moderator attention. Such posts will be cleaned up by some routine process after a while. If you do flag such posts with text like "off-topic", it just means that some moderator will take a few seconds to close the flag by clicking a "helpful" button. ...


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The post was flagged as 'spam'. I did not think it rose to the level of spam as I understand that word, and so I declined the flag. (If a vendor creates a link to his or her site for a commercial product, particularly one which is irrelevant to MathOverflow, then that I consider to be unequivocally spam, and as such I usually destroy the account that created ...


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There is no way at all to undo a flag. In most cases I would suggest to just do nothing and accept that your flag is going to be declined. Moderators generally examine the case before acting, so a wrong flag tends to only waste a bit of moderator time, but in most cases does not lead to wrong results. Personally I'd just keep an eye on the post, and if you ...


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I don't have a full understanding of the specific process which was at work here, but the action was performed by the Community User which runs automatically in the background. When it saw your flag that your respondent's comment was no longer needed, it did the work, I guess when it saw you deleted your own comment right before.


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Each Stack Exchange site has a limited number of "default" migration paths (those sites that show up when you vote/flag to close as Off Topic > Belongs on another site). These paths should be reserved for those sites for which there is a proven need for fairly frequent migration. I'm not sure if too many "Stack Overflow questions" get asked here, or how ...


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See also: When is an answer not an answer? Firstly, it is seen to 10k users as well, under /tools/flagged (I suggest you check out /tools in general, there are quite a few goodies there) It should basically be used when it's not an answer to the question. Such posts are either separate questions or comments. Note that a short answer is not necessarily NAA, ...


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This is a community wiki answer intended as a place to collect examples of posts and comments which are examples of the described problem. Feel free to add further examples if you find some more. (But let's restrict this to examples where the problem was caused by the recent software change described in the question - not those posts/comments where the ...


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Spam and Offensive are always available, they're like the fire alarm pull box on every floor of every building. They're treated specially, six of either automatically deletes a post and deals the author a 100 rep penalty. Both are given prominent positions in the moderator dash board so that they're seen very quickly and handled. These flags also help to ...


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There is no clearly defined networkwide policy on this topic, because the rules on self-promotion only apply to posts, not user profiles. Your ‘About me’ is your own space, and as long as it’s not offensive to others, you can put there whatever you want. That said, it’s clear that this user is up to no good. I'm not sure if the ♦ moderators want to ...


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It seems that the answer can be found on the legal page of MO; for your convenience, let me quote the relevant paragraph concerning copyrighted material: "Using copyrighted material does not constitute infringement in all cases. In general, however, users should be careful when using copyrighted content without the permission of those who created it. It ...


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First, let me stress that I am not trying to suggest any specific course of action here, just argue why those flags make some sense. The whole point of this answer is trying to explain a phenomenon, not defend it. Take me as a devil's advocate if you will. I don't have a strong opinion on whether such questions merit closure, and in most cases I personally ...


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