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As the comments have already mentioned, downvoting spam really doesn't cost you any rep at all. Downvoting questions never costs rep, and downvoting answers temporarily costs 1 point, but if the answer gets deleted (as it will with spam), you get your point back. However, it is still recommended that you not downvote spam and simply flag it instead, per ...


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I declined the flag. The option I was thinking of that I thought you should have used was "Other (leave a comment to explain what is wrong)". But I hadn't realised (or at least had forgotten) that you don't get that option until you have enough reputation to cast a proper close vote rather than just flagging. So apologies, if I had realised that I would have ...


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The list of migration targets is configured by StackExchange staff, who would probably take advice from the elected site moderators and perhaps look for consensus on meta. Note that moderators can always migrate something anywhere, and people fairly often raise custom flags asking us to do so. If we were going to add an extra migration path, Law would be ...


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I just dismissed a similar flag on this comment, so I thought I'd come here and explain my reasoning. (FWIW, I don't know who the flagger was.) While I accept the comment isn't strictly necessary, having a single friendly comment that people can upvote on a post of this nature seems ok to me. It makes the site feel a bit more human and doesn't really get in ...


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Flags should be used for things that require a mod's attention. 100 comments each saying "sorry" would get annoying, and the system would trigger a flag. But 1 comment with +100 upvotes isn't really a big deal. What's strange to me is why this concerns you. You've neither asked nor answered any questions on Money.SE. Why did this even cause you such grief ...


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This is a case where you should use a custom flag rather than a standard one. Rude/abusive doesn't convey the extra information you're mentioning here to the moderator handling the flag. I've deleted the post now.


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I cannot speak to any other mod, but I am guilty of clicking the wrong button in the SE user interface. (There aren't a lot of take backs. It is designed for speedily getting through the list I suppose.) I don't think there will be any meaningful harm to your rep or account. (But I understand the frustration you are expressing) For the record; vote to ...


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I think a short, friendly, kind sentiment in the comments is constructive enough. They are much more rare than rude comments, and, in my opinion, should be more welcome. Additionally, with the comment voting feature, the comments didn't get clogged with 107 people all saying the same thing. It only needed to be written once, and people could add their ...


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I suggest you imagine that Stack Exchange is a federation, i.e. a "partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government", and that Money is one of those self-governing states. Some of how we have decided to act w.r.t. comments and their flagging will be particular to this site. Other Stack Exchange sites (especially those that are ...


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That might have been me. If so, I thought I was responding to a flag on your comment. In other words, I thought that the OP flagged your comment as rude to him. In hindsight, I see what happened, it was actually you flagging the question. And I apologize for that. Keep in mind, the question was already closed when you flagged.


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I suspect I was the guilty party. I treat flags as having a sense of urgency. And toward that end, I welcome the flags for spam or for the rare cases of members starting verbal brawls. Bad questions should be handled via close votes (I know, the 3K issue) or Down Votes. MrChrister's answer supports this view. Else, I'd invite him and John to discuss how ...


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Since you are flagging, not voting to close, the reason that you pick is not very important. Those with the reputation to Vote to Close (3000+) can select the correct reason for closure. If, as in this case, none of the "quick close" reasons fits, they can select "Other" and type in a custom reason. We need to get this reason correct, as this will inform ...


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First, it's interesting that my view is slightly different. What we have, as a stack, are 3 choices we (I mean the mods, but ultimately, that means the members) can edit. The first 3 as listed above. If the question should be migrated, that's a choice as well. There's also the "other", which is a fill-in-the-blank choice that others can agree with. For now, ...


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Ganesh has explained the specific reason for this case. However, in general... For users who have enough reputations to cast close votes, they're forced to use the custom close reason that will post the "I'm voting to close this question because ..." comment. However, for users who don't have the close vote privilege, if they think a question needs to be ...


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Questions seeking product, service recommendations or other off-site resources are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. The above quote comes form the header above your original question. The chart you seek might be available now, but it might not be ...


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Keep in mind, gray. If a question is spam, I mean NSFW spam, by all means, flag it. Or so off topic, that there's no way it should stay here. The issue as I saw it was that by flagging, it needed to be addressed by a mod. The question, along with those Ben Miller cited, are in that gray area. Say it was 6 years ago, and the first question we got of the ...


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If you are unable to select a close vote, and can only use a flag, then use in need of moderator attention - and describe the issue. I have seen others use the comment system, and hope that somebody who can cast a close vote will do so. I think that the network limits the number of options we can have in the close vote wizard.


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I don't see that (although I don't have any active flags): (Of course, perhaps it was just fixed?)


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