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Is referring to third-world countries as "low-IQ and culturally inept groups" acceptable here or considered racist?

If you're referring to this answer, it's already been flagged by another user, so there's nothing you need to do. [Update: the answer has indeed been deleted, and the user suspended.] In future, my ...
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Are comments of the variety 'The New York Times is Fake News' flaggable?

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 ...
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Are comments of the variety 'The New York Times is Fake News' flaggable?

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 ...
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Is referring to third-world countries as "low-IQ and culturally inept groups" acceptable here or considered racist?

Although I don't know the full context of this statement, it appears to be a textbook example of bigotry and racism which goes contrary to the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct. Politics Stack Exchange ...
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Is this considered within bounds of "be nice" policy? If so, why?

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to flag unreferenced answers making extraordinary claims?

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 ...
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What is the appropriate action to take when nuisance comment flags are declined?

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 ...
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Declining comment flags and then deleting. Reason?

I declined the first two flags at first because those comments were criticism of the question. Getting moderators to remove comments is not a way to deal with criticism you don't agree with. But after ...
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How to flag questions that cant be answered with facts?

Not all "Why...?" questions are necessarily bad. Some of them can be answered in a useful way without having to resort to opinions and wild guessing. But we have two close-reasons which can be used ...
Philipp's user avatar
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Are flags on meta reviewed or dealt with?

Yes, I admit that we neglected the mod queue on meta in the past weeks. The site is currently extremely stressful to moderate (like every time shit happens in Israel), and we moderators prioritize the ...
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Which comment flags should be used for what reasons? with the additional intent to minimize mod workload

In practice, it doesn't really matter if you choose "harassment, bigotry, or abuse" or "unfriendly or unkind" on a comment. They both show up to us moderators in the exact same way....
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Is this considered within bounds of "be nice" policy? If so, why?

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 ...
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Feature request - Let us flag our own comments

So in other words, you would like to do something you know is wrong, and you are not just OK with the moderators stopping you from doing that wrong thing, but would like to actively encourage them to ...
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Feature request - Let us flag our own comments

This certainly happens to me, and sometimes if I'm lucky, I even have enough wits about me to recognize it in real time. (Other times I publish a mea culpa). In these cases where I catch it, I flag ...
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Are antisemitic conspiracy theories against policy?

When I quickly looked through the answer, the part that stood out to me the most was the part about Israel, and the rest seemed like typical answer fluff. Since the part about Jews being socially ...
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How to handle a post with multiple issues

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 ...
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Why was this Comment Flag Declined?

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 ...
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What to do with partially snide but also partially useful comments?

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 ...
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Should posts be flagged to make have them reviewed by the community or not?

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 ...
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Why was this flag declined?

It does provide an answer to the question even if you may consider a a poor answer. It points out that a hand count is slower than a computer recount and gives Trump more time to maneuver while it is ...
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Is denying a violent event covered under "rude and abusive" flag?

No. The "rude and abusive" flag exists for content that is overtly rude and abusive, and no other reason. However there is a significant problem with the claims you've made: I don't know ...
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Why was my comment flag declined?

I declined the flag because I didn't connect with your reasoning. When you flagged it, all I saw was the comment itself and the unfriendly or unkind flag (without your reasoning). Looking at it again ...
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Can I now use DPRK-style language in posts?

I'd say these kinds of edits don't require mod intervention. You would normally make the edit yourself, suggest the edit or discuss it with the author in comments. In this case, the flag was declined ...
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Is denying a violent event covered under "rude and abusive" flag?

I'm not not sure about the best way to flag individual comments, but fact of the matter is that people who have repeatedly denied such events (at least those directed against Israel) have been long-...
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Why was this flag declined?

I think in this situation you are better off to downvote if you disagree with the usefulness of the answer, rather than flagging it as not-an-answer. In turn, people who disagree with you can upvote. ...
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"Not an answer" flag declined for eventually deleted answer

I came across it in the low-quality queue. I voted to delete it because it adds no supporting evidence to show why it shapes Democrats' views (which is the subject of the question). I don't think ...
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Why was this NAA flag declined?

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 ? ...
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Flagged rude response to my comment, my comment was deleted

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 ...
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Why was this Comment Flag Declined?

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 ...
Philipp's user avatar
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What should I flag political rants that are posted as answers as?

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 ...
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