When looking through new answers to old questions it's not uncommon to come across spam that is substantially similar to things I know I've already flagged. For "bulk" spam, consisting of more than about 3 posts I'm already using a custom flag reason to indicate the user(s) and url(s) involved. I'd like to be able to link to older, now deleted spam that I've spotted in the past in the flags too, to make the scale of the spam more obvious to moderators handling them. I can see these still if I can find the post, but there's no easy way of finding them.
Making it easier to find posts which I have previously flagged has two benefits that I can see:
- Blacklisting persistently spammed URLs
- Adding evidence to support flags on posts which at first glance seem innocuous
Currently the options for this are:
- Write a hand wavey statement about having seen this same spam in the past
- Manually search through my flag history
Manual searching is very tedious. Instead I'd propose a new search operator, perhaps
is:flagged which could be used to search only posts from my flag history.
There doesn't seem to be much risk here - it's only helping users find things they could already find anyway.