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Do you flag absolute nonsense questions?

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 ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

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 ...
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Would it make sense to add Data Science SE to the list of suggested sites for migration of a question?

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 ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

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, ...
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Why were the flags (as obsolete) on these comments marked as declined?

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 ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

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 ...
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Should "link only" answers be flagged/recommended for deletion/downvoted?

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 ...
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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

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 ...
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Should "link only" answers be flagged/recommended for deletion/downvoted?

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 ...
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Obsolete comments: To flag, or not to flag?

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 ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

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: ...
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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

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,...
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Why was my flag declined while the question was closed for the flag reason?

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 ...
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Why is something flagged as "opinion"?

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 ...
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Nearly 40% of questions on Cross Validated are unanswered, is there a way to improve this?

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 ...
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What is meaning of a flag being disputed or declined?

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 ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

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 ...
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Is there a way to unflag?

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 ...
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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments?

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, ...
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Would it make sense to add Data Science SE to the list of suggested sites for migration of a question?

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 ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

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 ...
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