According to the privilege page, they can:

When should I act on spam and offensive flags? [...]

That fact goes back all the way to revision #1.

But, is this still the case? Personally, I've never seen one, but then again, they're not exactly common.

Recently, I saw this answer in the flag queue with a single "not an answer" flag, but an unusual amount of downvotes (-5), which in my experience is an indicator of spam/offensive flags that carry an automatic downvote.

I'd say it was offensive to some, but since it was also completely useless, I decided to flag it as offensive as well, for the sake of bumping it off the site faster.

And, lo and behold, it was destroyed as such at -8, but I never saw an offensive flag on it.

Are normal users able to see spam/offensive flags? If not, since they clearly used to be, why was that ability removed?


Which flagged posts are visible to 10k users was changed in June 2011. Comment flags, and offensive/spam flags were removed from the 10k view to allow us mere mortals to concentrate on the other ones:

The trouble was that these [comment/spam] are the easiest flags for us mods to deal with. The trickier ones to deal with are all the rest.

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. I'm not sure I agree with that move, though. If someone hadn't flagged it as NAA, I wouldn't have seen the post, and instead of the community taking out the trash, a moderator would have had to step in, possibly hours later. Flag response time isn't exactly stellar on Gaming. – a cat Jan 15 '12 at 15:54
  • Maybe you could propose different handling for different sites - I only have 10k rep on Stack Overflow, and over there, spam questions have a life expectancy of probably 'bout 2min even without being visible in the 10k flags section (which is often over 100 flags deep). – Mat Jan 15 '12 at 15:58

I have seen spam flags, though not in a while.

When they do come up, they tend to get acted on very quickly, so the amount of time they are on the flags list is normally very small.

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