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I agree with Jefromi here. Editing with the summary should be our goal, assuming that the link indeed contains a potential answer. Other sites such as Stack Overflow have a "delete them" policy. But keep in mind that there users have less patience, more answers coming in, and more work to keep the site clean. Still, if you feel that this is the better ...


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I closed this. To expand a bit on my comment there... Broad doesn't mean it's not a valid question. It means that reasonably answering it will involve writing an awful lot. The standard in the help center is: Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much. This is a case ...


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Different flags show up in different queues. The "doesn't belong here" reason (and all sub-reasons) put the flag in a special queue that privileged (10k) users can see, not just moderators. Please do choose one of these reasons if you can. Spam and offensive flags are also visible to privileged users and carry a time-limited count, so that the posts will ...


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I would recommend not immediately flagging the comment as obsolete. Edits can be reverted, or obliterated in successive edits. There might be answers to the question that refer to an earlier formulation. Or there might be a chain of comments that relate to each other, and deleting one will render the dialogue nonsensical. Until the Q&A has "stabilized",...


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The goal is for the content behind the link to ultimately be summarized in the answer. That's way better than letting them get downvoted away. So, ideally, edit it, as you did. This is the most awesome thing to do, so thank you. Failing that, comment and ask the author to do this. Helpful, though if the author is gone, might not work. If you don't even ...


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It's rarely needed, and it's definitely not for wrong answers, even if they seem really obviously wrong to you. That's what downvotes are for, and please use them liberally. Very low quality flags are not "super-downvotes". The flag description pretty much says it: This question/answer has severe formatting or content problems. This question/answer is ...


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I agree that the chat comment was out of line -- the moderator responsible did directly apologize in a comment, above. In the future I think we should all remind ourselves that chat is a public forum, and we shouldn't say anything there, as Joel says, "we wouldn't want printed on the front page of the New York Times". Thank you for bringing this up on meta ...


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I posted this question 2 1/2 years ago. Since then I have gained a lot more experience on Stack Exchange and have of course become a moderator. As a moderator, I appreciate obsolete flags in cases like this. Frankly, moderators just love to delete obsolete comments. Flags just help us find them.


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If you permit me, I would like to play the devil's advocate on the topic. I have been the recipient of such fixed-quickly comments Since I have an Android app which raises a notification on any comment, i get to see the before-edit version rather frequently. (not on this particular site, natch. Frankly, Cooking is one of the nicest, least controvercial SE ...


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The "offensive" flag is reserved for extreme cases of abuse or hate speech: When should the Offensive flag be used? Even if a post is a bad post for some reason or other, it is probably not offensive. The Offensive flag is meant to be used only in extreme cases, like hate speech, or abuse. For example, if a user posts obscene images to the site, ...


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Ordinarily you would in fact see flagged posts and have the opportunity to flag, disagree, or (in the case of a question) vote to close. I can verify this on Stack Overflow, where I have the reputation but am not a moderator. My guess is that your flags don't show up in your view, precisely because you cannot act on them. The number icon, I'm also guessing,...


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From the FAQ: Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers. We don't see all self-promotion as spam. As long as the promoted product is really helpful for the OP, and the answer is more than just a link saying "buy my product", ...


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I don't agree with the question being placed on hold as opinion-based, but as written I think it's still too broad. There are a couple reasons for this: There's likely to be a major difference between fresh or dried chili peppers, and you don't specify which you're using (or want to use). It's not particularly clear what "flavor" you're trying to capture. ...


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Thanks for trying to edit to get it reopened! Sorry no one explained in the first place; they probably thought it didn't really need much explanation. I did go ahead and edit again and put back some of the stuff you removed though. Context isn't what makes something like this opinion-based, and in fact the context helps explain what you actually mean by ...


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Facebook has an edit history button. I believe there should be something similar, with an ability to downvote comments like you can in Quora. I hate e-backtracking as well, especially when you take the time to make a response and the original comment was polished to be made "politically correct" and you end up looking like an idiot. It's true that we are a ...


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I figured there was marginal value because the same user also posted the accepted answer. She's basically saying, yeah, there's a trick you can use to make this work with a knife, but I admit that even though I know that, I still have the (mostly) single-purpose tool that makes it extra easy.


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I think this makes sense, even if it's not the most clear language: it's saying that you raised that type of flag (a close-vote-ish flag) already, not that specific one. It's not telling mods you raised both of those flags, don't worry. And you can't vote to close a question for two different reasons, so it's pretty consistent that you also can't flag it ...


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If filling your fridge with steam from hot food potentially breaks it, that's a food safety issue. Now, maybe that's not the only cause of the problem, maybe it wouldn't normally happen, so it's probably not a great answer (probably has some technical inaccuracies or might even be altogether wrong) but it is a possible reason it would be unsafe to put hot ...


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Speaking for myself, assuming an answer isn't a duplicate of existing ones or fatally flawed in some other way, I try to leave anything that in any way addresses the question, and let voting and editing take care of it. (A downvote does mean "this isn't useful", essentially.) That way borderline cases are seen by more people than just me. But don't worry too ...


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