13

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, legal ways to publish preprints, etc., where it is okay to link to these. As always, the answer should include a human readable citation, so that you can look up ...


12

There is no difference between the two options. (See New flagging dialog has a duplicate for duplicate on Meta Stack Exchange)


11

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 "dismiss flag" and "delete comment"). It's actually not the first time it happened (MAR spotted one other instance), but I'll try to watch out and double-check what ...


9

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 of my ability) in order, then give some more possibilities that might have not come up. Does moderation somehow control those who have multiple accounts? What ...


8

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 given by TIPS (or whatever name he chooses to be next time you open a browser) there quite well summarises the general problems with VLQ flags. These are usually ...


8

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 answers are terrible or not actual answers. An answer should be complete enough to explain the methodology, the concept, the background, etc.. An answer that ...


8

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. Needless to say, that is rare. Community Managers could set up a migration path between two sites which works like a teleporter, and only then you'd have an ...


7

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: Please vote to close on question you think do not belong to our site with a custom reason explaining your reasoning. Once a question is closed, flag it for ...


6

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 site; it should be closed first to determine that it is off topic, then flagged for migration. In borderline cases we moderators have to investigate if it is on ...


6

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 authoritative.


6

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 attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. I see that this hits hint answers bang on ...


6

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 an answer, what is a mixture of both. Most of the times those flags are very helpful and easy to cope with. Sometimes you end up clicking the wrong button - it ...


5

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 "VLQ" flag and doesn't realize in the first moment what's wrong, or sees something technically wrong, then there is a good chance that you'll get your flag ...


5

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. Hopefully this will make it a little bit clearer. I predict it will be deleted very soon, so here's a screenshot for <10k rep users. It is clearly an attempt to ...


4

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 supplement to what has already been said, rather than a full answer. An important problem with including these migration paths into the UI would be the unnecessary ...


4

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 button on a question: Flag button on an answer: The flagging dialogue will pop up and you need to choose spam. It should look something like this: I found ...


4

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 appropriate on Chem, so I let it stand. I did not follow up with Math.SE to see if their version was closed. The flag was helpful, so it was marked as such. Flagging ...


4

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 purpose (which is about ten minutes after posting for thanks comments) they are free to be deleted. However, as long as a comment has not served its purpose and ...


3

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 any comments. However, neither of these positions are tenable. See, for example, my question about tetravalent sulfur oxidations: What are the practical ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible