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It is a bit unclear to me what happens when I flag a post as 'not an answer'. Obviously a maintainer will look at it, but how is the post shown to the poster?

Basically; should I include a comment explaining what the user did wrong? Or will the flag already show the user an automated message? Or does the moderator post a comment?

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should I include a comment explaining what the user did wrong?

Please! Yes, that would be great. Be nice, of course.

will the flag already show the user an automated message?

No, the OP doesn't get notified about a flag on their post.

does the moderator post a comment?

Usually, if the flagger hasn't done so, yes. There may be times when we don't (we know the same user has been told the same thing a bunch of times and is ignoring it, for example).

  • Thanks, I partially assumed there would be some generic notification similar to the 'on hold' or 'closed' description underneath a post, so refrained from adding a comment to prevent adding duplicate information. I will add a comment in the future. – Neograph734 Mar 17 '16 at 15:19

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