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What are the site policies surrounding paywall circumvention?

Circumventing pay-walls is illegal. As much as I'm for open and transparent science accessible for everyone, I think our policy should be to not allow this. There are, depending on the journal, ...
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What's the difference between "flagging → duplicate" and "flagging → should be closed → duplicate of..."?

There is no difference between the two options. (See New flagging dialog has a duplicate for duplicate on Meta Stack Exchange)
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I flagged a comment. The flag was declined but the comment was removed...what happened?

In this case, it's my fault, as I misclicked. The comment flag dialog is slightly confusing to me, as "dismiss" and "delete" both have the same negative connotation to me (respectively, they mean "...
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How to deal with "smart" toxic behaviour?

There are quite a few protective measures in place, and the new Code of Conduct is a lot more protective than the old 'be nice' policy. First I am going to (try to) answer the questions (to the best ...
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Why were my comment flags declined?

I totally agree with andselisk that dealing with comment flags is one of the hardest parts to get "right", for several reasons: (1) we often have to read the entire comment thread, and/or ...
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A flag declined for being used like it's meant to?

The following discussion already provides clear evidence, that these flags are often not easy to handle: Difference between 'very low quality' and 'not an answer' flags. The answer ...
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not?

I would like to reiterate what I have written in the linked post, because I find some differentiation very important. Personally I think that answers should be more than just a hint, but not all hint ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Migration should only happen when the site on the receiving end actually wants the question; that is, the question should be good enough so the only thing wrong with it would be where it's asked. ...
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Why were my comment flags declined?

I take this opportunity of wrapping up Buck's comment to remind that comments are not meant to stay forever and it is totally fine to flag other's comments, suggest to move entire comment section to ...
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No alternate SE sites show up as choices when flagging a Question to be "closed as off topic"

Even though this question is answered in the multiple duplicates, I would like to make it abundantly clear: there won't be any migration paths set up. We will do them manually; quoting myself: ...
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When are duplicate flags "declined"?

Duplicate flags do get declined when a moderator declines them. There are only two ways to dismiss a flag, marking as helpful and declining. Here's something from meta.SE that makes this answer look ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Quoting myself from Guidelines for closing as off-topic, belong on a different SE: Migration in general is a thing we prefer not to do. Sometimes a good question simply gets posted at the wrong ...
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Are answers that only contain hints to be considered answers or not?

In my opinion, these hint answers are not answers. If you take a look at the text box that accompanies not an answer in the flagging dialog, it reads: This was posted as an answer, but it does not ...
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Difference between 'very low quality' and 'not an answer' flags

tl;dr: I don't really know. I was probably wrong. I am sorry. I have been the evil guy that declined this flag. I find it very hard to distinguish between what is a low quality answer, what is not ...
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What shall I do when I see spam (in one of the review queues)?

I found spam somewhere on the site, what happens now? Whenever you see spam, you should flag it as "spam". Click on the flag button below the post, it should look something like this: Flag ...
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Difference between 'very low quality' and 'not an answer' flags

When you flag something as "very low quality" your main point is This post can't be reasonably edited into something that follows the least of our quality standards. So if the moderator sees a "...
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A flag declined for being used like it's meant to?

This issue is confusing, even to long-time users, so I am grateful that you have brought it up on meta again. Here's a fresh example of what (I think) is a answer that should be flagged as VLQ. ...
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Why are there no migrations paths to Physics.SE, Math.SE, etc.?

Because I had written nearly 75% of this by the time Martin and MAR posted, and because this covers a different perspective, I decided to post this in the end. This is intended to be more of a ...
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What happened to question I flagged

Cross-posting is highly discouraged, so thank you for bringing it to our attention. If the question were more appropriate for Math.SE, I would have closed our version. I think it's most ...
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What can I do to clean up old comments?

Comments are not forever, that is true. However, comments are also there to serve a purpose: this purpose being criticising the post or suggesting an edit etc. As long as the comment has served its ...
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What can I do to clean up old comments?

I guess there are two extreme positions that we could take with regards to the issue of comments. All comments should be incorporated into the post (if necessary), and deleted. We should never delete ...
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