Sometimes I see a post I feel it should not stay. I am unsure what to do in this case.
What can I do to salvage the post? When should such a poor post be flagged for deletion?
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Whenever we see poor content we can do the following:
Only after we had unsuccessfully taken these steps we may need to flag the post for moderator attention. Please keep in mind that not all of these flags will be deemed valid, especially when the post was not entirely bad, or in case the moderator reviewing still sees some chance to salvage it.
There are reasons however when such a flag is always very welcome (quoted from Meta Stackoverflow):
- Answers that are nothing more than "Thanks" or "I have the same problem." If they don't offer any new information whatsoever, I'll delete them and dismiss the flag as valid every time. (Also, the older the better. If it's a brand new user and the "answer" is only an hour old I'll usually leave them a comment. If it's a month old I just delete it.)
- Questions that are an exact duplicate. Include a link to the original. I'm even more likely to dismiss the flag as valid if the question was a duplicate by the same user.
- Questions posted as answers.
- Comments posted as answers.
- Posts by users who do nothing but spam.
Please note that the spam flag needs special treatment because of possibly severe consequences to the poster. Please only flag as spam, or offensive for cases defined here:
In the following cases the removal of a post by flagging may be better than attempts to edit or by commenting:
Whenever we are not sure which of the custom flag reasons to take we can always use a custom flag reason where we can give a reason in our own words.