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Report A Problem - What It Means

We have released a way to keep you informed about problems which have potential issues in them. When several people have reported a problem, the following banner will be displayed:



As a problem solver,

  • be aware that the answer may not be correct.
  • these problem can still affect your ratings. However, if there are issues with the problem, then those who got it wrong will have their ratings refunded (see below).
  • help us identify such problems by actively reporting them.

For your reference, you can look at Example Of Reported Problem.

As a problem creator, respond to clarification requests and disputes in a timely manner, by editing or deleting the problem. Once you see such a banner appear on your problem, you may no longer edit or delete the problems in the usual way. Instead, you choose from the following options in a dropdown menu:



1) Delete the problem
This deletes the problem from your feed, and refunds the ratings for those who got it wrong.
2) Change the answer
Remember to explain why. You may reference the solution discussions. Once the answer is updated, the corresponding rating changes will occur.
3) Adjust the wording of the problem.
Use this for significant changes which affect the problem. E.g. You used “integer” but meant “real number”. This will also refund the ratings for those who got it wrong.
4) Make no changes, explain existing problem to moderator.
Remember to explain why. You may reference the solution discussions. You can then make minor edits to the question, without affecting the ratings of others.

Once you have made the corresponding change, it will be reviewed.

Note by Calvin Lin
3 years, 7 months ago

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Kelly Tran Staff - 1 year, 9 months ago

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Kelly Tran Staff - 2 years, 1 month ago

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@Calvin Lin Do we receive notification on email that our question is flagged? I got one of my question automatically deleted! I dont think I got any notification!

Pranjal Jain - 2 years, 11 months ago

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You will receive an email whenever someone submits a clarification / dispute to your problem.

When there are significant requests, the problem gets flagged. We do not generate another email for this event, as you would already get one for the clarification / dispute.

I review through flagged problems in 1-2 days, and deal with them accordingly.

Calvin Lin Staff - 2 years, 11 months ago

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