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According to the privilege page, they can:

When should I act on spam and offensive flags? [...]

That fact goes back all the way to revision #1.

But, is this still the case? Personally, I've never seen one, but then again, they're not exactly common.

Recently, I saw this answer in the flag queue with a single "not an answer" flag, but an unusual amount of downvotes (-5), which in my experience is an indicator of spam/offensive flags that carry an automatic downvote.

I'd say it was offensive to some, but since it was also completely useless, I decided to flag it as offensive as well, for the sake of bumping it off the site faster.

And, lo and behold, it was destroyed as such at -8, but I never saw an offensive flag on it.

Are normal users able to see spam/offensive flags? If not, since they clearly used to be, why was that ability removed?

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Which flagged posts are visible to 10k users was changed in June 2011. Comment flags, and offensive/spam flags were removed from the 10k view to allow us mere mortals to concentrate on the other ones:

The trouble was that these [comment/spam] are the easiest flags for us mods to deal with. The trickier ones to deal with are all the rest.

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Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. I'm not sure I agree with that move, though. If someone hadn't flagged it as NAA, I wouldn't have seen the post, and instead of the community taking out the trash, a moderator would have had to step in, possibly hours later. Flag response time isn't exactly stellar on Gaming. –  lunboks Jan 15 '12 at 15:54
    
Maybe you could propose different handling for different sites - I only have 10k rep on Stack Overflow, and over there, spam questions have a life expectancy of probably 'bout 2min even without being visible in the 10k flags section (which is often over 100 flags deep). –  Mat Jan 15 '12 at 15:58

I have seen spam flags, though not in a while.

When they do come up, they tend to get acted on very quickly, so the amount of time they are on the flags list is normally very small.

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