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Why don't mods delete this comment?

It wasn’t deleted until 6 hours after you flagged it because the mod team are volunteers and aren’t here 24 hours a day every day. As soon as a moderator saw it, it was removed and your flag marked “...
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demand on research or context for a question

Recently, I have had several posts put on hold because they "lack research or context." However, there are plenty other posts that don't include any research or context at all, but they ...
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What comments should I flag on ELL?

We get declined flags every now and then and that's because mods aren't consistent with their decisions unfortunately How a flag gets ultimately handled is not a matter of inconsistent decision-...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

If you're looking for some foolproof flow chart that will instruct you and the rest of the community about what to do for each and every question like this one, then, sorry, you'll be disappointed in ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

The other answers have some advice specifically about dealing with comments that seem like answers. I would like to speak more generally about rules and penalties and whether that is the right ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

First, people already have the ability to flag comments that contain answers, so I’m not sure what you mean by: So my proposal is to have the ability to flag the comments which contain answers. ...
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What close reason should I use when closing a question for requesting resources?

You can flag them for migration to here (that is, English Language Learners Meta). We have plenty of resource-request questions, so they are likely to be duplicates, but for migration that does not ...
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Why was my "rude or abusive" flag declined?

The general advice (from the faq and expressed here) for bad and rude posts is "flag don't edit" Flagging is easy, and after a few "rude" flags, the question will quickly ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

From what I can tell, the standard procedure of dealing with answers in comments, hesitant or non, across Stack Exchange is the following: If an answer is posted in a comment, ping that user to post ...
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What comments should I flag on ELL?

Okay! In my opinion: Should I flag a comment that contains misinformation? If so, as what? No flag is required. If it contains wrong information, write down a comment down to it. Say - "I think ...
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What's the proper way to flag the entire comments section of an answer?

I usually just flag the first comment in the thread that has gone off-track for moderator attention and explain the situation. Usually if one comment is flagged, our moderators review the entire ...
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Flagging thank-you notes

Some comments are obvious chitchat and ought to be removed. Chances are those flags will be marked as helpful. Some comments are slightly more substantive and have marginal value. These are more of ...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

The core of this question seems to be something along the lines of Where do we draw the line? How much background research can we reasonably expect someone to do before asking a question on ELL? ...
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Does this site have different rules about answering in comments?

The rules about answers in comments are the same here as any other SE site, but yes, for better or for worse, answering in comments happens so much here that it would take a significant groundswell of ...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

For me, I delete vote under the "should have looked it up" criterion if they would be able to look it up easily, with a simple search. Vocabulary is the main thing for that. Something like that I ...
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Handle duplicate questions from English stackexchange

I am very confused. Why would we want to close a question on EL&U because a similar one is on ELL? And why would we want to close a question on ELL because there is a similar one on EL&U? ...
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Handle duplicate questions from English stackexchange

We don't need the ability to close questions as duplicates cross-site. And as long as the questions aren't deliberate cross posts (i.e. the exact verbatim same post on more than one site), then ...
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Can the Off-Topic Flag Include a Reason that Is "This Is a Request for Resources"?

The merits of this idea can be discussed, of course, but don't forget that the Other reason is always available, and you can use that for when you flag such questions.
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Can the Off-Topic Flag Include a Reason that Is "This Is a Request for Resources"?

Here is a quick example of the difference between clicking on the "close" link at the bottom of a question and clicking on the "flag" link. Casting close and reopen votes is a privilege that requires ...
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What comments should I flag on ELL?

As far as I can tell, there is no point to flagging comments as "obsolete". The moderators will just decline the flags. A scenario: Answer is posted in comment #1. Original poster asks (in comment #...
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