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Do you flag absolute nonsense questions?

Here: Is a "question" from a bot or a troll. Do we ever bypass "vote to close" and use the flag function if a Q is complete ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

My reading of the various pieces of stackexchange-network information about comments and chattiness would suggest that "Welcome to our site" comments on their own (absent any other text such as being ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

I want to bring this up here rather than mass-flagging a whole bunch of questions as duplicates (and also avoiding the issue of choosing one as the "base") This question from today is a new member of ...
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Obsolete comments: To flag, or not to flag?

↑ That ↑ is the question...(Sorry, couldn't resist.) I've flagged a couple comments as obsolete here, and had both flags declined. These comments were suggestions to correct errors in OPs, which were ...
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Flagging very old questions

I have today been flagging some very old questions that are very low quality. The reason I'm doing this is because they still show up in the "unanswered" section of the site, but they are very ...
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Would it make sense to add Data Science SE to the list of suggested sites for migration of a question?

I just flagged: R solution for high performance and large datasets for closing since it's quite obviously off-topic (I can't really see as instructions for setting up a Spark server from R Studio ...
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Irregular voting patterns

Without calling anyone out, I suspected someone of downvoting other answers than their own just to have theirs appear higher/attract more upvotes. However, I wasn't sure how to report this and more ...
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Should "link only" answers be flagged/recommended for deletion/downvoted?

This is closely related to an old question on Handling “look at this link” type of answers, which focussed on what the community's response towards such link-only answers should be, and is ...
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Spam-poster on the loose: Flag, VTC, Both?

We have someone on the loose right now who is making post after post that is grossly off-topic. What is the most helpful action for users to take when we see this? Should we vote to close to hit the ...
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Why were the flags (as obsolete) on these comments marked as declined?

I flagged both of them as obsolete as they both are not fruitful any more. But my flags are declined. Does this community have some other rules in this case? I often do it in stackoverflow and have ...
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Is there a way to unflag?

I incorrectly flagged a post (simply caused by me being especially unobservant) before realizing I should have just voted-to-close (which I then did). Is there a way for me to unflag, so I don't ...
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What is meaning of a flag being disputed or declined?

I have discovered that I can find out the fate of my flags by clicking on the relevant field in my profile where it tells me how many helpful flags I have raised. I understand what "helpful" means, ...
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Why is something flagged as "opinion"?

I entered the following question: How do you calculate an exact two-tailed p-value using binomial distribution? The system generated a warning that this "appears to be an opinion" and "is likely to be ...
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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

This is a problem I encounter relatively frequently when trying to tidy up the unanswered questions list. Let's take this case as an example: What do my residuals say about my data? The OP posted a ...
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Are moderators notified by votes to close a question?

Question: Do moderators receive any sort of notification when a vote to close is submitted by a user with 3000+ reputation? It appears that if a user with 3000+ chooses to flag and picks "doesn't ...
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What makes a question a duplicate and when should it be flagged?

My question is related to this post about duplicate questions and I hope it does not seem trivial: When can I be sure that a question is in fact a duplicate? I was wondering about this when I ...
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What is appropriate use of the 'Not an answer' flag?

Recently I've had some discussions with @whuber about what constitutes appropriate use of the 'Not an answer' flag where I was referred to this thread: To flag or not to flag and a request for ...
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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments?

So, there's this chain of comments in Any example of (roughly) independent variables that are dependent at extreme values?: After the edits the whole exchange became obsolete, and will only confuse ...
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Why were my "no longer needed" comment flags declined?

Today, I needed to search about fitting discrete distributions on my mobile device; I ended up in the thread How to fit a discrete distribution to count data?, which was indeed quite relevant. Under ...
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Why was my flag declined while the question was closed for the flag reason?

I flagged this post as "needs details or clarity"; my flag was declined, while the question was closed as such. Am I missing something?
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How do you notify that you edited your question if was put _on hold_? [duplicate]

I asked a question and it turns out now is [on hold] because 'it's unclear what I asked' I edited hoping the unclear step was that but I am not sure if it was that. How do you notify the people who ...
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Nearly 40% of questions on Cross Validated are unanswered, is there a way to improve this?

Given the low answer rate on CV (62% based on current information) and discussions thereof, would it be possible to build a easy system to categorize questions, such that it becomes clear why they may ...
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