The big question
This post is meant to gather a consensus on what comments mods and the community consider to be flaggable.
When I want to flag a comment, I see this:
But what do each of the reasons mean, and when should I choose them?
Useful questions a canonical answer should answer:
- Should I flag a comment that contains misinformation? If so, as what?
- Should I flag old close reasons? If so, as what?
e.g. "this is proofreading question and is likely to get closed unless you provide a source of concern"
- Should I flag comments to which the edit of the post has responded? If so, as what?
Imagine a scenario when someone posts an answer and someone else comments "It would also be nice if you mention that blah blah blah" and the poster edits the question mentioning blah blah blah". Another scenario would be that someone posted a comment that "this answer is wrong because X is not Y" and the poster corrects their answer.
- Should I flag comments that can reasonably stand as answers? If so, as what?
- Should I flag comments that criticize the post rather than the person, even if they do it harshly? Comments ranging from "this is bad answer" to "what the hell is written here! This answer is [ . . . ]."
- < feel free to add more questions that need answering here >
This post deems necessary because
1. We (the people who care about moderation and occasionally flag comments) get declined flags every now and then and that's because mods aren't consistent with their decisions unfortunately. (Naturally, since lack of consensus results in lack of consistency, they're not at fault at all)
2. While the reasons for flagging are obvious, different SE sites have different rules for how to flag and how to handle flags. Different SE sites have different moderation cultures since they handle different topics.
3. It just feels nice to write a FAQ and do moderate comments. Sometimes they get out of hand!