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If one claims that a source is untrustworthy, they need to provide some reason for that. Just calling them "fake news" is an ad-hominem argument and therefore of little weight. If someone uses a source you consider untrustworthy (in general or when it comes to a specific area of expertise), then you might want to use this as an opportunity to find a more ...


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Yes. Politics is a bit on the chatty side, compared to other Stack Exchange sites. You will often stumble upon idle discussion in comments. However, we do follow the same general guidelines. If a comment doesn't do much to clarify or otherwise improve a post, it doesn't really belong here. If people wish to challenge the veracity of a source, they are ...


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No, it is not. When you see a similar comment, please flag it as "rude or abusive". I took a look at the recently declined "rude or abusive" flags and found the comment quoted here under a question which got flagged as such. The flag was likely declined because the moderator who handled the flag read the question and found nothing rude or abusive about it (...


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Basically, flags should be used to signal moderators about severe problems that, indeed, require the moderator's intrusion — usually, by deletion the offending post. So your question turns into "is it appropriate to delete answers with unbacked (bold) statements or claims?" IMHO, the answer is — in most cases, no, since such posts do not violate the SE ...


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The comment provides valid criticism to the first part of the answer, about Bill Clinton's associate. That part is a bit speculative and does not answer the question. The question asks about presidents, specifically. If that wasn't the case, it would probably get closed as either too broad or primarily opinion-based. The comment may not provide explicit ...


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Agreed, the "answer" is tangentially related commentary that doesn't even come close to an attempt to answer your question. I flagged it as well and upvoted your comment, it's a good enough explanation of why the "answer" doesn't really stand as an answer. I can't (obviously) know why your flag was declined, but I must admit that I had to read both your ...


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Personally, I only ever raise flags when I want to bring something to the attention to a moderator. My understanding of the flagged queues is and always has been that it's a way to get a question straight to the mods' inboxes. The "flagged as [whatever]" review queues are merely there to assist the latter in the event the community reaches consensus on a ...


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I declined the flag, perhaps incorrectly, but I did eventually reconsider and remove the post as a broken window. So a bit of background — When responding to an answer flag, I am typically looking for "exceptional" situations like misuse of the feature, answers that should have been comments, spam, egregiously bad content, etc. A cursory reading ...


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If you think an answer should be deleted, then flag it for the biggest reason that you think it should be deleted for. Even if a moderator deems that specific reason invalid, if it should be deleted for other reasons, then the moderator will probably delete the question anyway. If you believe that multiple non-deletion actions need to be taken, then you ...


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After thinking it for a while, I came to the conclusion that comment thread had what looked like the beginning of a side conversation about small-payload nukes, and the usefulness of nukes, so I went and migrated that to chat.


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One of the ways Moderators can handle comment flags is to edit the comment, and that is something that I occasionally do as appropriate. If you don't want to rely on a moderator to figure out that the comment is best edited as opposed to deleted, then you can leave a custom flag reason, and let us know what you're asking us to do with the comment.


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That's probably my fault. I agree that It violates the be-nice policy. When handling comment flags, you're given 2 buttons, and they're both negative d-words: "decline" and "delete". I clicked on the wrong one. I had realized after the fact, I clicked on the wrong one, but at the time, I had this notion that this was a user who wasn't familiar with ...


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Flag as "very low quality" or "not an answer". This is a flag which not just shows up for moderators but also puts the answer in the review queue where other users can vote whether or not to delete it.


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To be fair, the question was relatively low quality in itself (-2 score as of now): Is there a general consensus that Britain should continue to be a permanent member of the UN security council ? Other countries such as Japan or India have larger economies and/or militaries. The now-deleted answer harped on the distinction between the UK and Britain. ...


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I deleted that 13 post comment thread because it started with a minor nitpick which wasn't really adding much to the question and then quickly escalating it into an unconstructive flamewar which went even more off-topic rather quickly (the last posts were discussing the Queen of England). Both participants made posts which were worth flagging as "rude or ...


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I did not delete this comment because even though I do not consider it very relevant, I still don't considered it irrelevant enough to delete it. I deleted the first comment which went into a similar direction, because it was far more opinionated and "campaigny" than the one I left alone: You may be overthinking this. Trump has generally opposed any ...


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One option that LangLangC also suggested is to leave a comment to clarify the flag reason, then flag it to the low-quality queue. Whether you flag it NAA, LQ, or RA depends on the case. If the reason is so complicated that it cannot be solved by other users or it has passed the normal queues already but you still think action is needed, then you can use a ...


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Neither. Enter a custom reason. If you pick anything else, the flag's reviewer will look at the merit of the answer and base their review on that only.


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I have flagged it as rude or abusive. The reason for that is that it is, as you say, a rant. Contrary to what LangLangC says in a comment, I don't think it is an answer. Strictly speaking, it does address the question by saying no, but then the rest of the answer is rant that is not based in fact. So, by allowing this to pass for an answer, we are ...


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This debate tends to repeat itself every once in a while. The gist of the problem is that when you flag an answer which apparently misinterpreted the question, there is a chance that you misinterpreted the question yourself, while the answer did not. Or that the answer, while not answering the literal question, still provides useful information on the topic. ...


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When I reviewed the flag on this (now deleted) question, it read: I don't dislike Obama, but I don't think he's a particularly noble person either, somebody who has achieved great things in an attempt to further human civilization and promote peace. Why did he win the Nobel Peace Prize? I did not find anything rude or offensive about the question. ...


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This flag is supposed to be used for answer completely devoid of useful content. When an answer is just bad, the usual way to handle it is downvote it. Then the community can vote to delete an answer without requiring mod intervention. This difference is a very subjective one. Which answers are so bad they need to go immediately by mod fiat and which can ...


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I think attempts to edit the image out are being overly sensitive, the image is no more offensive than listing the text of the sign or a generalization of what it says, unless you find clip art or poorly made signs something terrible. The rest of the text in the question is drivel that should be cleaned up. The actual question at the end and the sentence ...


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Not an answer The description of the flag is (emphasis mine): This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. Assuming the question is "What is meant by the “left” and the “right”?", the following answers should be flagged as "not an answer": ...


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