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I'm guessing it's a "mystery" flag. Like a mystery shopper - a random invisible flag that's sent to evaluate how we respond in an unknown situation.

Just as long as there's a bonus1 I guess that's OK ;)

1(I once got a free pen for passing a Microsoft mystery shoppers test. It wasn't very hard. I worked in a dingey computer store on the bad side of town and this incredibly attractive young woman walks into the store (giveaway #1, most of our customers were men and immigrants who had spent less than a month in the country, which was why they were coming to the only place they could afford) and clearly knew nothing about computers and goes "So, umm, I want to buy Windows XP, but I'm not sure if I should buy Office or not. Can you tell me what the differences are?")

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Is it a spam flag? Hover your mouse over it (or check it in the chrome inspector)... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/93007/… (if so, is this a dupe of that?) – jcolebrand Jul 1 '11 at 5:03
@jcole - iinteresting, it's an Offensive flag. I thought they were reserved for comments only, cos I can't see any way to flag as offensive on an answer – Mark Henderson Jul 1 '11 at 5:05
it is not welcome in our community This answer contains content that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. – jcolebrand Jul 1 '11 at 5:06
@jcolebrand, @Farseeker - it's the same question, because it's the same problem with the same icon—you can't tell which of the two it is until you hover over it. – Dori Jul 1 '11 at 6:29

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Going by the colour, that's a Spam/offensive post flag

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Pro Tip - don't try flagging that if you're a mod on an innocent question just to see what it does. – Mark Henderson Jul 1 '11 at 5:09
@Farseeker What makes you think I've flagged it? Pro Tip: Don't assume. – Sathya Jul 1 '11 at 5:12
I didn't mean that at all; sorry. I meant that I flagged an innocent question to try it out on and all sorts of bad things happened. – Mark Henderson Jul 1 '11 at 5:12
@Farseeker I see, apologies for the misunderstanding then. – Sathya Jul 1 '11 at 5:14
all good. I can see how my comment could have been interpreted that way. – Mark Henderson Jul 1 '11 at 5:15

Not all flags have messages associated with them. Sometimes the flag itself is a message. Look in the sidebar of the page, the types of flags are listed, and it also shows the coloring scheme.

Also, with most things on Stack Exchange, hovering helps.

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Interesting. I was also confused by the tooltip description (which I wasn't looking for) of "Offensive" as that no longer exists as a flag on questions, but as jcole pointed out in the comments it's been renamed to "no welcome" – Mark Henderson Jul 1 '11 at 5:10

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