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Very often spam and offensive posts are heavily down-voted before reaching the 6 flags required to delete it. When a post gets a certain number of downvotes (e.g. 5), how about prompting subsequent down-voters "Is this post spam or offensive?"

It would be interesting to do a bit of a survey of heavily down-voted posts to see what the ratio of spam or offensive : just wrong or low quality, etc. is like.

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Are you sure these downvotes are genuine downvotes? Because flagging something as spam also makes the community user cast a downvote. – Oak Jan 15 '11 at 10:15
@Oak I wasn't aware of that, thanks for pointing it out! The higher down-votes may then result from people flagging and down-voting, but obviously we can't tell. – marcog Jan 15 '11 at 10:19
@Oak even so, it's probably still a worthwhile prompt? - Maybe the metric for defining "heavily" would need tweaking, and you do have the case where someone will downvote because they're out of flags for the day... – Rowland Shaw Jan 15 '11 at 11:25

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