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Every once in a while I take a look at the tools page and see a high number of flags - like right now. And there is indeed some pretty spammy stuff in there.

It's fairly self-evident what to do with flagged questions, I think - just vote to close/delete if the flags are in fact accurate.

But what about flagged answers? It doesn't really seem like there's much we can do about those. Should we:

  • Flag them again, hoping to bump the answer down and/or get it auto-deleted?
  • Flag for (real) moderator attention, i.e. to confirm "yes this is really spam"?
  • Just leave them alone (assuming that a proper mod will find it soon)?

Also - is there any particular action we should be taking if a post is erroneously flagged - i.e. somebody got annoyed that a question wasn't marked CW?

Some guidelines on how best to use this feature would be appreciated.

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Maybe just like we are allowed to delete questions, we could be allowed to delete answers too? –  Andreas Bonini Mar 28 '10 at 18:39
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@Kop: I'm betting that such a feature request wouldn't fly. Questions have to be closed (and stay closed) before deleting, there's no such protection with answers. I wouldn't want to see unpopular (but not incorrect) answers disappearing due to abuse of a feature like that. –  Aarobot Mar 28 '10 at 19:15
    
Agreed. I saw it a couple of time and realizes there isn't much I can do about it. Pretty disappointing... –  Kobi Mar 28 '10 at 19:23
    
I miss the flags view. It was stolen from me by the rep recalc. Sure, I can see flags on Meta, but it's mostly just people hating Evan Carroll. –  Kip Mar 29 '10 at 19:39
    
Note for future readers: The feature request that @Kop suggested was actually implemented recently, with a few restrictions (three delete votes needed, voters need 20k+ rep each, answer must have score < 0). –  Pops May 9 '11 at 17:45

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Flag them again, hoping to bump the answer down and/or get it auto-deleted?

I vote for this-- if you see something in the flag list that you feel strongly about, flag it yourself, too. Remember that enough flags (for really bad stuff) cause action to be taken automagically.

Flag for (real) moderator attention, i.e. to confirm "yes this is really spam"?

This can also work if you have something specific you want to add with a sentence or paragraph of info.

Just leave them alone (assuming that a proper mod will find it soon)?

As the default, this should always work, and if it doesn't, we have built a bad system that needs to be fixed!

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