What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 130 Stack Exchange communities.

As a +10k-rep user on SO, I use the various tools to identify a lot of spam. There are two lists (new posts by new users and new answers to old questions) which are especially useful for tracking down posts that are spam.

These lists are so useful, in fact, that I can reach 5 spam flags in under an hour. At this point I need to resort to using the flag for moderator attention option.

Now, I'm a fun-loving guy and when I'm given a prompt with a whole 140 characters, I'm going to fill it. If, after having reported the issue, I have characters left over, I fill the remaining space with little quips about various things. Some moderators have taken issue to me doing this. It is by this civil protest that I have gained support for my proposal.

And so I say that if I had more spam votes to complement my ability to find more spam I would not have so much opportunity to annoy the moderators with my poetic-albeit-terse reports.

The bottom line is that +10k-rep users have the ability to find more spam than we have flags to report it with. This is a problem as it's involving moderators when it doesn't need to.

Save the moderators from my writing: give us some more daily spam flags. That and Marc likes vanilla ice cream.

share|improve this question
    
The "little" quips are fine; it is the long ones (that spam, oops, I mean span 3/4 flags) that take time to read. And re "gained support"; I proposed the same thing on uservoice a while ago... ;-p –  Marc Gravell Jul 24 '09 at 13:12
    
Well, when the message is "spam", I have a whole other 136 characters to use! Don't you like Ben Bernanke? youtube.com/watch?v=npP73QIApFE –  XMLbog Jul 24 '09 at 13:13
    
I like the little quips. They brighten my day. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 24 '09 at 14:30
    
I'll be sure to send you more, William. –  XMLbog Jul 24 '09 at 14:48
    
@Welbog: Just be sure to put: "FOR BILL'S EYES ONLY" at the front, lest Marc see them and be filled with rage. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 24 '09 at 15:00
2  
@Welbog: Are you on Twitter? I could just follow you on there, instead of in the moderator alerts (now that I've drawn the comparison, the similarities are striking). –  Bill the Lizard Jul 24 '09 at 16:33
2  
It would be nice to see this be considered, or reconsidered. –  Zoredache Sep 20 '10 at 4:54
2  
Do we at least get back the flags when the moderator nukes the offending post? –  Benjol Nov 10 '10 at 7:05

5 Answers 5

This reminds me of another question asking for more close votes for users who have greater rep and I remember advocating for a sliding scale of close votes based on your rep level (every 1000 rep after 3000 would net you an extra three close votes on the day up until you hit 10k rep.

I don't see any reason why this shouldn't be expanded to flagging as well.

share|improve this answer

I did have a uservoice on this (#231984); not sure where it went... but yes; personally I'm broadly in favour of a few more flags for people with a reasonable rep.

share|improve this answer

I have this same problem. My suggestion was to at least allow the admins to manually bump a user up when they see that a user is doing a good job flagging a lot of inappropriate content.

Overall, I am not sure I care how it is implemented, but it really should be implemented soon.

share|improve this answer
1  
I like this idea best. I'm sure someone on the dev team can come up with a script that will tell us who is consistently using their flags, so we can easily find people who are using them well. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 24 '09 at 14:22

A couple times recently on Serverfault we have had spammers that post links or posts on a dozen questions and then leave. It is somewhat annoying that I can only flag 5 of the many posts. On weekends, and other off-peak times there isn't really enough critical mass for flags alone to clear out all of the spammy posts.

It seems to me that anyone with over 10k of rep probably should be able to cast at least as many spam flags as they can cast close votes.

See:

share|improve this answer

I think a users “allowed spam flags” should be increased automatically when the moderators agrees with the flags and reduced when the moderators don’t agree with the flag.

Maybe a badge for “SpamFinder” that is awarded to people that flag at least n bit of span where at least 90% of the flagged items are deemed to be span.

Than anyone that has the badge could get a lot more span flags allowed.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .