I visited this answer: "Can Office Network printed Documents be read by network admins?" It was a rant about how the world is Orwellian and is going to hell. So, I flagged it as spam.

Now, my dashboard tells me that "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". But it seems a moderator has deleted it nevertheless.

If it was not spam, why was it deleted? If it was spam, why is my flag rejected?

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    It wasn't spam, it was just utter gibberish. Spam is unsolicited or unwanted advertising and there was no sign of any advertising in the answer you flagged.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Feb 21, 2017 at 16:55
  • @Mokubai If your email provider had gone forward with your definition of spam, your email account would have been in serious trouble.
    – user477799
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:39
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    The text of the spam flag you selected states: "Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation" so as far as this site is concerned that is what we expect spam flags to be used for.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:49
  • It also reads "spam" in boldface. Maybe I should file a request to change "spam" to "promotional"?
    – user477799
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:54
  • Some of the answers on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/287278/… discuss that option, but for the most part it falls back to the fact that our definition of spam is much more strict than just "vague rubbish". meta.stackexchange.com/questions/243345/… shows a case for what the community believes should be done in the case of gibberish.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:07

1 Answer 1


The answer was terrible but there's additional penalties with spam flags. As such, I didn't want to hit it with the full spam flag penalty but wanted the answer gone.

It happens sometimes with spam flags.

A safe bet here might be NAA flags.

  • What are the penalties?
    – user477799
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:42
  • -100 reputation
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:44

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