Yesterday, I flagged two answers on this question as rude/abusive. Both answers were by the same user (now deleted), one of them contained gibberish of the 'cat-on-keyboard' type:
and the other one used Chinese characters:
Google Translate gives me
I love you, ad nonsense is not bad for the fiscal year Nanjing released computer data open no other female as much as sdfghjkl French wine poor
While this might not be a correct translation (as far as that is possible), it's clear somebody just entered some random Chinese characters (cat-on-Chinese-keyboard). In my opinion, this is gibberish as well and should be marked as rude/abusive. Now I'm looking at my flagging history, and I'm confused:
Could a moderator please explain why my flag on the first answer was marked helpful, but the second one declined? I'm trying to follow community consensus:
What makes something rude or abusive and when should I flag it?
Abuse of the system or community is everything that is created with the intention to harm them. This includes posts that contain no useful content at all – i.e. gibberish posts along the lines of:
Also, Shog9 states that it's fine to use any kind of flag for this:
It's VLQ, it's abuse, it's Not An Answer
As I explained here:
For me the most important reason is that six rude/abusive flags cast by community members will automatically delete the post. This is more efficient than casting VLQ/NAA flags and having a ♦ moderator delete it; they can spend their valuable time solving problems the community can't solve on its own.