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In order of priority: Flag the post for moderator attention. Downvote the post. (As Glen_b helpfully notes in a comment, if you plan to do this, do it first, because if yours is the deciding vote to delete, you won't be able to downvote afterwards.) If you have enough reputation, vote to delete the post. If you have enough reputation, vote to close it. If ...

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Welcome messages are not noise. Early on in the life of this site, the SE Team actively encouraged posting comments to help people feel welcome. I therefore always decline flags that suggest those comments are "too chatty" and I usually keep the welcoming comment intact. I personally make an effort to identify newcomers who are likely to contribute beyond ...

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The migration dialog provides a short list of target sites. These are the sites all users may choose as likely targets. Because it's important to get along with other sites, it is crucial that all our users with vote-to-migrate privileges well understand the on-topic criteria at those sites. For years the only options have been SO, Math, and our own Meta ...

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A. There's a number of levels of association of similar questions $\quad$ (4 by my reckoning, if we also count 'not quite similar enough to do anything'): Where the questions are exact duplicates, to the extent that they invite identical answers - and both have answers - they should usually be merged (preferably into the better question; if they're of ...

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I appreciate your interest in helping curate this site and hope you will continue to do so. Since I declined the second flag, I can explain. It was a simple mistake. The system does not clearly present a flagged comment to the reviewer: it shows the whole sequence of comments and attempts to bring the flagged one to the top of the screen. Due to ongoing re-...

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I have been reviewing a large number of older questions some months ago (I went through the [pca] tag in its entirety), trying to tidy them up and systematize as much as possible. I have encountered a similar situation a couple of times. @Glen_b gives good general recommendations in his answer, but I think I can make several more points: Everybody agrees ...

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I flag link-only-answers as "not an answer". I also vote to delete them in the low quality review queue, because even though it is possible such links to be helpful, the way the information is provided is not adequate to the Stack Exchange format. This is the minimum recommended procedure I understand from reading a compilation of such matter available here. ...

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Not answering Glen_b's comment does not seem to have anything to do with this question being a candidate for closing. I'd say that this question is simply too vague/too broad, so I closed it (if someone disagrees, feel free to vote or comment). As about general question, if the question had some quality issues and the comment asked for clarification so that ...

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I agree with @AndreSilva. If you are hoping that the moderators will convert it into a comment, it is probably helpful to post a comment under the answer noting that it is more of a comment than an answer. This may make the task of categorizing the type of non-answer and deciding the appropriate course of action (i.e., delete vs. delete and convert) ...

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Personally, I favor deleting obsolete comments, and I think this should include the comments I flagged. I see some value in preserving comments like the first one I linked for educational or cautionary purposes, but I think it's telling that the Math Educators community doesn't find enough of this value in keeping corrective comments around once the errors ...

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I'd say flag them for deletion on those threads that have a lot of comments & answers—where clutter might be doing some harm—else leave them be. So the policy would be this: Welcoming new users to the site is a good thing; so please feel free to do so in comments, even if there's nothing else to say. There's no need for purely phatic ...

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As a non-moderator, I think it's sufficient to write a comment asking for clarification & register a close vote at the same time. If a comment already asks for clarification, and you agree with it, then you only have to up-vote the existing comment. The reason I say "non-moderator" is that it takes 4 other non-moderator votes to close the question; ...

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This is a side-effect of leaving the question open, which will decline the flag. Following the timeline: At 11:27:21 UTC, there was an initial vote to close as a duplicate to How to know that your machine learning problem is hopeless? Either before or after this, you flagged the question as "needs details or clarity". At 11:50:45 UTC, the review ...

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Edit to pull in a clarifying comment: to clarify, the warning came up immediately after I entered the title...none of the post/question had even been typed into the system It's amazing that it correctly predicted that the body of your question would be problematic*; I couldn't have guessed it from the title. It may be the phrase "how do you" or perhaps ...

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This is out of our control: it would have to be implemented SE-wide by the developers. In addition, it is intrinsic to the SE system. The tenacious and unsung hero badges exist in part to incentivize / reward users who answer lower visibility questions. As far as creating a scheme to categorize threads and identify threads that are on less popular / ...

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In case @glen_b does not have time to answer and close the thread I am posting here his links What is a disputed flag? and What is the difference between disputed and declined flags? In the hope that others may learn from my two mistakes : First mistake was to forget that this was likely to be an SE-wdie issue so serching as I did just on Meta-CV was not ...

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It seems relatively clear to me that such comments are too chatty / mildly incongruent with SE policy. That said, it seems nice to welcome people to SE, especially in light of the fact that I have often seen CV being accused of being unfriendly to newcomers in meta.CV discussions. I agree with @chl. If I ran the zoo, I'd check the OP's userpage to see ...

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Currently, it is not possible to unflag. The following Stack Exchange post and some duplicated questions under the Linked topic in the sidebar have some pro answers/arguments toward unflagging: Cancel misclicked flags There is the option of putting a bounty requesting for more attention on that topic. My point of view on this is that having a misclicked ...

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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments? Yes, we are; but how the flag will be evaluated is subjective and it depends on many things, one of them is the Stack Exchange community. For example, here I have flagged 32 comments and have collected 13 declines (which is pretty high ratio; 40%), while in Stack Overflow I have flagged 54 comments with just ...

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No. The particular question that you refer to should belong to either R or to the databases. The reason why it's not a generic high performance question is because the capabilities to deal with large data sets are very different in different platforms. What may work for R will not necessarily work fro SAS. This depends on the platform architecture, ...

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Deciding on whether to explicitly indulge on a "Welcome to the site" message for new posters is irrelevant if there is no agreement on what defines being welcoming. The participants on our site are outstanding people, ready to help, educate, and lead by example in the pursuit of knowledge. However, confusion becomes all too apparent when receiving a new ...

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