When reviewing Low Quality Posts today, I came across this answer (SO 10K only):
The bitly link goes to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95lZNPAFI0.
On its own, the answer is complete crap (nothing more than a link to a tool, claiming it would solve the OP's problem), but hardly anyone selling Gucci Bags.
But a few reviews later, I came across virtually the same answer and saw it was from the same user. Further investigation showed the user posted at least 4 answers with similar content all within that hour. So taking the other posts into account, the users recent answers start to feel very spamish.
Since the spam was not obvious, I flagged as "Other" and explain the situation as we've been told to do in cases of less than obvious spam.
The question is should we be flagging these posts as spam in addition to using the "Other" flag? Would doing so help improve the spam filter, or is it better to just skip the spam flag all together except in cases of obvious spam.1. Does the answer to this depend on the user's other posts? Would the correct course of action depend on the user's other content (i.e. limited history of non-spam posts vs 100% spam)?
1 - I do realize the less obvious spam is more likely to get declined by a moderator but I don't really care about a few extra declined flags if I can help make the spam filter smarter and more effective