Today I woke up to find an obviously
spam meaningless answer that had acccumulated 12 flags. Here's an excerpt:
I like pie. what's your favourite color? mines red. who are you? hi?
- 5 not an answer flags
- 2 spam flags
- 1 moderator attention flag about quality
- 1 community flag ("low answer quality score")
- 1 very low quality flag
This felt weird, because the obvious thing to do, for me, was to use the spam flag reason on such an obviously worthless spam post!
What went in my mind when I saw this post.
With half as many flags of the right kind, this post would've been dealt with by using the SE
patented great Power Flags To The People™ technology! I thought it was time to whip educate my users again on the spam/offensive flags.
Yet, multiple people pointed out that the spam description does not, after all, match this post:
This answer is effectively an advertisement with no disclosure. It is not useful or relevant, but promotional.
Well, this answer was not useful or relevant, but it wasn't promotional either. It was just pure garbage. The "but promotional" part held many users off this reason and prompted them to use the "not an answer"/"very low quality" flags.
Is the spam flag description misleading, or am I mislead on when this flag type should be used?