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That was me. It's been so long since I didn't have the privilege to do things, that I sometimes forget that others can't do things. I was expecting people to vote to close (VTC). I keep feeling like I should get a sock-puppet account to stay in touch ... Flags are really for things that require moderator attention to keep the community safe and at a level ...


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That question is perfectly appropriate where it is. It would also be on topic here but that doesn't mean we would migrate it. Flagging as dupe only works on the same site, but remember you can always flag as "other" and write the reason in the free text field. Mods still see it.


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100% agree. Here is a closed question that is a good example of the problem: Metasploit ssh_enumusers stops instantly So long user72598. We hardly knew ye. It might have been nice to keep him around since he seems to actually be gaining experience in using security tools and found a bug in Metasploit that the author of Metaploit responded to in that ...


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Because, sometimes, highly voted comments, even though they are not constructive are kept because the community wants it.


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I hadn't seen that question, but I can see why it got those close votes: the final sentence is not answerable - it could be yes or no. In principle though I agree with you - I think the question would be fine if we just deleted that line.


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It isn't showing that you flagged as a duplicate. It's showing that you flagged for recommended closure, and this disables both flagging as “should be closed” and flagging as a duplicate. “Duplicate” and “should be closed” are both recommended closure flags.


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The clean way to delete links from spam is to ensure that the spam post gets deleted as soon as possible. To do this, flag as spam. Six spam flags (or a single one from a moderator) delete the post, lock it in this deleted state, and teach the Stack Exchange spam filter to reject posts with similar characteristics¹. Do not downvote in addition² — that can ...


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The content in question is not there because it belongs to a mod. It is there because it is highly upvoted. I think I am the single greatest remover of comments on Sec.SE (almost 5000 comments deleted or moved to chat) so I am generally pretty harsh on 'noise' in comments, and my main criteria for removal are pretty much as follows: rude, argumentative, ...


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If an answer on the 2nd question is also relevant to the 1st, or if there is significant overlap then posts fill be flagged as duplicates. There is no specific motivation for points, but there is a general motivation to improve the site. So the answer to your headline question is No. If you could point to specific posts this would be easier. Generally ...


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It's not spam, for one. The question appears to be (from the title) if the file that was created by the process is secure. Secondly, even if it was spam mods should only be informed if something needs to be handled urgently or if it is serious. The question did not require serious or urgent action. Else, just use the normal voting buttons to vote to close....


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These sorts of things are automated so I can't give you any useful info beyond the guidance to wait. Of those though, I'd have to say neither flag should have been raised. Yes, they seem like low value answers, but they are answers, so if you were flagging them for mod attention, I can see why they were rejected. For posts like that, just downvote them.


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I agree. I think the Close Vote queue is at fault to some extent - as soon as one person issues a close vote, the question appears on that queue, encouraging others to close it. In fact, I don't think it's even possible to vote to keep the question open, so even if 10 people think it should stay open, 5 close votes would be enough. I presume this close queue ...


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Some of my personal thoughts: Converting As far as I know, converting answers to comments and vice versa is allowed to 10k rep. users. Ok, this is false - thanks @grawity. Personally, I think that merging this privilege with 3k rep. (close and reopen votes) or 10k tools could help solve problems quicker. Commenting privilege New users cannot post ...


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I share the opinion of paj28 regarding the close vote queue. I also think that the close system could be improved. I still do not understand the choice to transparently make the "flag" link to actually cast a close vote instead of a flag once reputation is over 3K. What is the interest of having both a "close" and a "flag" link if using the "flag" link ...


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