What is flagging?
Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. The currently implemented flag types are the following:
Spam (i.e. undiscriminated bulk … advertisement)
Rude or abusive
Not an answer (answers only)
Flag to close (questions only)
Off-topic (with sub-reasons)
Unclear what you're asking
Primarily opinion-based …
inappropriate content only encourages it – whereas flagging allows removal without providing undue attention.
Flagging a question or answer:
To flag a question or answer, click the “flag” link at the … bottom of the post.
In the dialogue box, select the reason for the flag. You can mark questions or answers as spam; offensive, abusive, or hate speech; or a custom reason. To flag a post that is …
What is a declined flag?
"Declined" means that a moderator (or other trusted members of the site) declined to act on a flag that you've raised in response to a problem that you observed.
Why might … one of my flags be declined?
There are numerous reasons why a flag might be declined:
Others might disagree that the problem you identified exists at all (e.g., you suggested that a question should …
should be reserved for extreme cases. It's not meant as a substitute for communication and editing.
Instead of voting down:
If the post is spammy or offensive, flag it.
If the question is duplicate or … off-topic, flag it for moderator attention.
If something is wrong, please leave a comment or edit the post to correct it.
moderator task is to follow up on flagged posts. Every post contains a small flag link, which anyone with 15 reputation can use. Posts can be flagged as spam, offensive, or just general “needs moderator … attention” with an explanatory comment or link. Once flagged, a post increments a flag count that shows up in the topbar for every moderator.
If you see anything in the system that is evil, weird …
Note that once you gain the reputation to vote to close, you should no longer flag for moderator attention to have questions closed or migrated. It is your responsibility to vote now. See also … our network, or even deleted.
Alternatives to closing
If the question has serious problems (e.g. it is spam or offensive), flag it instead.
If you don't have enough reputation to cast close votes …
use a flag to request that moderators delete it. If there's not much at stake, they might do that for you.
If you have posted something super-sensitive like a password or an API key, edit it out and … then use a flag to ask moderators to redact it from the revision history. Be specific about what needs to go and (if it's not obvious) why. Redaction requests must be approved by two moderators, so there …
that are more likely to need improvement.
In these queues, you can edit the post, flag it, upvote or downvote it, add a comment, or upvote a previously existing comment. When you take one of these …
-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers …
posts, comments, chat messages, etc. We recommend that you also flag them in the meantime, if you want to make sure they are removed and/or handled faster — we'll still have a look even if a …
you may flag it for moderator attention. Again, do this only after editing and include a detailed explanation of why it should be reopened. There is more than one moderator, and moderators do …
building a kind, respectful community. If you find unacceptable behavior directed at yourself or others, you can:
Flag the harmful content. Depending on the content, flagging will alert moderators or …
The community here tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However …
flag it for community moderator attention.
You can view a list of posts with outstanding delete votes via the moderator tools delete tab.
What happens when a post is deleted?
Once a post has been …