How does attaining the trusted user privilege affect flagging?
Note: spam and moderation attention flags are rather outside of the scope of this question, I'm aware that these should be used whenever fitting.
When I'm reviewing flags, I often flag answers to give them more visibility in the flag review queue. I also add a a delete vote (when I still have delete votes to spare), and a down vote whenever the answer is at zero score and needs to be down voted in order to be deleted, or when the answer is plainly wrong.
Is this behavior the correct one or should I save flags for only posts that I'm not able to vote for deletion?
The main counter-argument against "unnecessary" flags (ones we could handle without flagging) which I've seen in related threads is that these would waste moderators' time, however I believe this does not apply in this case because:
- The majority (or at least a good part) of non-moderator attention flags are handled by the community.
- Flagging a post which is already flagged will by no means waste moderators' time (correct me if I'm wrong), if at all it will give more visibility to posts which I believe that deserve deletion faster.
So, is it wrong to flag every answer which I believe that deserves deletion?
Also, small related side-question:
After some experimenting, I've noticed that given an answer with negative score and two delete votes, flagging it and deleting it the second after will result in the flag being deemed "helpful" instantly. This is because flags are automatically deemed helpful when a flagged answer is deleted or a flagged question is closed.
Would this be considered an exploit (if so, I should probably start another thread if there isn't one yet), or a mere waste of flags?
I know that I'm supposed to use common sense in all cases, but I'll be glad if the meta unicorns can enlighten this poor puzzled soul a bit more.
Update: There's a flag button in the review queue, so I believe flagging is not an issue at all. Even then, I'd still like a clarification on whether attaining the Trusted User privilege should affect flagging habits.