Today I have a flag in the moderator tools which has no description where normally it will say "Not an answer", etc. In the right hand column, there is a summary stating "1 Spam/Offensive Flags," so clearly that refers to this one flag on the site.

My request is that the flag itself should say "Spam/Offensive" in it, same as it does for other flag types, and for offensive comment flags.

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    Spam/offensive flags have never had descriptions there, as far as I know.
    – mmyers
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:36
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    @mmyers: Interesting. I could have sworn I'd seen descriptions on those before...
    – Flimzy
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:37
  • I swear I've seen spam/offensive show up before too, maybe just for comments though
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:39
  • @BenBrocka: Ah yes... come to think of it, it was probably comments where I had seen it, too.
    – Flimzy
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:39
  • @Flimzy I think for spam/offensive flags there's a tooltip saying so, but no description. Hover over the red 1 to check it out.
    – yannis
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:43
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    +1, it needs to be made much more obvious what these flags are and what's being flagged. I always miss the sidebar, the info should be front and center like with other flag types.
    – user154510
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:48
  • @MatthewRead Well, the flag indicator is a different color; I think that's how you're supposed to know Jul 9, 2012 at 18:57
  • Still, it doesn't even differentiate between spam or offensive
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 9, 2012 at 18:59
  • Oh, I think remember something that was confusing me -- comments flagged as offensive look like they're a flag on the original question/answer, with the comment being the content of a "for moderator attention" flag. Before I knew that red represented special flags that was seriously confusing. Having all flags with a text blurb, rather than having a special case to remove information, is definitely what I would prefer.
    – user154510
    Jul 9, 2012 at 19:06

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This might or might not have been introduced with the new flag dashboard, but it clearly says 'spam' now, not just a red indicator:

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