I've recently been on a bit of an anti-spam rampage on Super User. Have you posted a plug for a product you work on but haven't been clear about that relationship? Flagged! Are you linking to spammy sites with no real connection to the original question purely for promotional reasons? Flagged!

The problem is that for some answers I come across, at first glance it doesn't look like spam in an obvious way. I tend to come across answers like these during my lunch break so if I'm not busy I might dive deeper. At that point from searching Google, scanning the target site, looking across the user's profile etc - I will come to the realisation that the answer is spam and then flag it.

When flagging spam I can't provide any details:

Flagging spam

I end up having to use the "needs ♦ moderator attention" option and then writing any details under "other":

Entering spam details

Could a field be added to the spam flag interface to provide details when they may be useful?
Nine times out of ten I can flag as spam straight-up because it's obvious, but perhaps moderators would appreciate if some of the less obvious reports had a bit of detail attached? Or instead, should I just leave a comment on the original answer and then go ahead and flag as spam?

Yes, I hate spam that much!

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    Why not drop into Root Access or simply leave a comment for all to see?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 12:40
  • Thanks :) Yeah, I'm fine with leaving comments (as mentioned in the question at the end), and Root Access would work as well. Was just curious if anything could be added because it might be a quicker workflow overall.
    – Gareth
    Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 12:43
  • curious, why blur out your flag count?
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 16:27
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    Ha, no real reason I guess @Sathya - I do live in Beijing though so maybe I just got used to the local self-censorship :)
    – Gareth
    Commented Apr 24, 2011 at 16:40
  • /me proceeds to calculate flags based on flag weight
    – Hello71
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 16:03
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    36 total flags per day.
    – Hello71
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 16:13
  • okay @Gareth :-)
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 17:42

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Like this?

i dun liek descriptions

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    Yes, that's perfect @Hello71 - exactly how I imagined! Thanks. I'd make the text entry optional as probably not every case would merit anything more than "this is spam".
    – Gareth
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 16:19

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