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I managed to find the flag, it is buried in the flagging menu: "needs improvement" (clearly not true for a question which is off-topic, it should just be closed), "community-specific reasons" (again, I don't see why this makes sense: do other SE sites not close OT questions?), and then "blatantly off-topic". I find this ...


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To answer my own question, I remain convinced that this comment should be deleted. Our help center says that we expect users to Be nice. Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you because we’re all here to learn, together. Be tolerant of others who may not know ...


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I don't agree with the view that both questions are full-fledged duplicates. However, I would encourage you to thoroughly edit the second question (or write a new one) and entirely focus on the issue that makes it partly different from the first, namely the probable impact of mounting a legal challenge on the attitude of the admissions committee toward you ...


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Flags are intended to alert moderators that they need to take action. In that case, there isn't really anything that we, as mods, should do. You are free to leave a comment along the lines of "OK, folks, enough already", which may or may not have an effect. However, raising a flag is definitely not going to solve anything. Please do not simply flag using an ...


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(takes off moderator hat, puts on regular user hat.) I support the following, as an approach that helps people keep their contributed content roughly as they intend it to look: Keep the question as is. Clearly, the current form is what the OP wants, and most of the answers do address the general question (even if some also refer to the specific example that ...


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First, a premise. I was the first to vote to close your question as duplicate, and I'm still convinced that it is a duplicate. In fact, in the first question you conclude (bold mine): What should I do in this situation? So far I've just been explaining to them how there might have been some confusions, but with their most recent response, it seems ...


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There has not been a strong consensus on the linked meta post on what to do with the existing answers. Many people think that the answers should stay as they are; many argue that they should be deleted. A large number of users have argued that the edits to the question should be rolled back; a large number of other users think the question is better in this ...


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The highest voted answer to a canonical question on the system-wide meta site recommends keeping the question with the better set of answers, regardless of which question was asked first. It also discusses how to proceed in some edge cases. Sub-sites, like academia, are free to handle certain details differently from how the system as a whole tends to act. ...


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"Difficult to generalize" is now found under the Flag option by selecting "another reason," then "off-topic." It's a bit buried, but now you have more options to choose from.


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With the question being as strongly edited as this one, I would consider that the new version is effectively a new question to be treated as such. A rollback with the suggestion to post a new question with the revised text is my recommendation (regardless of the quality of the original question).


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This site is supposed to be about questions and answers, not feelings and emotions. That is the reason behind the very robotic up/down tick system and the UX of the Q&A. Input in, answer out. The site is not a free-range forum, if it was the comments wouldn't be wiped, especially those that provide more insight. There are several sites this meta ...


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It says in the lock notice: This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. For extended discussions, please use chat. That question in particular was locked due to (now-deleted) comments that degenerated into schoolyard name-calling. (The downvotes may have been a reaction to those same comments.) The lock will ...


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It depends: there are rewrites, and there are rewrites. Rewrites which improve a clear, on-topic question (which is not an XY question) are fine. Adding (or preserving) a reasonable level of context is good, too. Rewrites which delete all context, mutate the question into something it never was, and thereby invalidate answers, are not fine. If the rewrites ...


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Expanding on eykanal's suggestion of leaving a comment, I sometimes leave the following comment: It's not clear what this answer adds over previous answers that already address these points. and, if the author of the answer is new or not a regular contributor, I might also include in the comment: Answers on Academia.SE are expected to offer a fresh ...


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Here is an intensive FAQ on reviewing on Meta SE. Do not trust on the documentation in the review interface or what’s written on the buttons, it’s misleading. As the linked post does a good job of explaining things, I will keep my answers to your individual points brief: What is the effect of Recommend Deletion? Does the post get deleted immediately, or ...


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I am going to ignore whether the prompting question is on topic or not, as I do not think it is particularly important. There are a couple of things going on here. The first relates to differences between flagging and voting to close a question. Users with more than 3000 rep can vote to close questions, while users with less than 3000 rep (and more than 15 ...


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Moderators can unilaterally close bountied questions, and refund the bounty, as explained in the linked meta question. However, I would use such a heavy intervention only for blatantly off-topic questions or egregiously problematic ones. I don't see, at the moment, any such case. For all other questions, I suggest to let the bounty follow its cycle and then ...


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It is locked for 5 days to let things cool down. Specifically the number of off topic comments. After the timeout it will automatically unlock. At that point you will be able to edit it.


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I don't have that option either - the closest thing I can see to it is just "It needs moderator attention". It would be nice to have either a close vote or flagging option for that. I personally find "this is too hard to render into a non-single use question" much more common than "Too Broad" as a reason I want to see things closed or edited.


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I have been interpreting "not constructive" as being more along the lines of destructive criticism. Under that interpretation, anything that was ever constructive would still be constructive, but might become obsolete. I do not know, however, the degree to which others agree with this interpretation.


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This is correct. However, some users may not see the deleted comments, and know that they are there. Therefore, we may have to tolerate some mismarking. However, if the comment looks like it's somewhat relevant, it's probably better to mark it "obsolete" than "non-constructive" as a precaution.


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While I think this comment can be considered offensive, I'm approaching this from a bit of a different perspective. I think that "not constructive" is the more useful argument in this case. Criticizing the sources of a specific answer is certainly something that should not be discouraged. There is a rather large spectrum between pointing out a bias of a ...


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It appears that you flagged that multiple times. I cleared one of those flags because of the discussion we had here. The comment is borderline offensive, but personally (and, apparently, the other mods agree) I didn't find that it was so bad that it warrants deletion. We have a rather open attitude towards commenting here, and to be deleted I think we've ...


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