I flagged something as spam, then was only 90% sure I'd done so, so I clicked the flag link again to check. It showed me this:

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I had, of course, only raised the spam flag, not the offensive/abusive/hate flag, so the latter probably shouldn't be saying I did.

Ah, this may be a duplicate, I didn't search enough:

And if so, it's been around a while.

  • Well, you have raised that type of flag. You can only raise a spam flag, or an offensive flag, but not both on a single post.
    – hichris123
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 10:49
  • @hichris123: But a spam flag and an offensive flag are different types, not the same type. They may be mutually-exclusive, but that does make them the same. Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 10:51
  • Not really... see What are the spam and offensive flags, and how do they work? (notice "what are the spam and offensive flags"). They're lumped under one umbrella.
    – hichris123
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 10:53
  • @hichris123: Perhaps in an implementation sense. Not in a user sense. "spam" and "offensive" are completely different types of flags to me as a user, at the "external myth" level. Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 10:55

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I think this has to do with the severity of the flag and the impact on moderators and the user. I that sense, the flags are 'the same': they are both handled by a moderator with utmost priority. There is no use in raising one of those flags again, since they can't have more priority than the other one. I guess this also prevents one post from flooding the moderator queue.

I do get your argument that the wording could be better. Maybe change the wording to something like this:

You already flagged this post as spam or offensive. You can't flag raise either of these types again.

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    Yeah, that would be better. Separately, as I'm fairly sure I'm not allowed to raise any flag while the previous flag is "active" (according to this), I'd expect the third radio button to be disabled as well until the previous flag is resolved (and then to only be able to raise the mod flag or possibly mod or offensive, but not spam). Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 13:26
  • I think you can still flag 'spam' if you flagged 'others' or 'NAA'. Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 13:26

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