I came across a post, which was basically gibberish like "hsuheuduehuhfuheufhufe". Originally I marked it as spam, but it was not accepted. Why? It should have been marked at rude and abusive. Perhaps a new feature could be to separate the 2, so that such a post, which is definitely abusive, but not rude? Thanks.

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    It says rude OR abusive, not and, so you can use that flag for either reason.
    – Mark Kirby
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:11
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    However, I would also like to know why that cannot be spam
    – QuIcKmAtHs
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:13
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    You should ask the people on the site that rejected the flag, sites have their own definitions of spam.
    – Mark Kirby
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:18
  • "why that cannot be spam" Because "spam" is unsolicited commercial advertising, not banging mindlessly on the keyboard.
    – jscs
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:43
  • okay... but many of the time people talk about like "dont spam me" on social media so gibberish is sort-of spam
    – QuIcKmAtHs
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:45
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    I think moderators tend to forget this guidance, that's why I prefer to add a comment under flagged post: Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?
    – gnat
    Jan 6, 2018 at 18:12

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Rude and abusive are (to some extent) the same thing. You've already known that you should flag gibberish as rude or abusive. That's a good start. You should also know that gibberish adds no value to the sites. It actively harms the overall quality of user-generated content on Stack Exchange, thus abusive.

Flags are meant to report specifically bad posts or behavior on Stack Exchange, so use them accordingly. Flag real spam as spam, and flag offensive (with bad words) or garbage posts as rude or abusive.

On Stack Exchange, the term "spam" specifically means "unsolicited commercial advertising". Don't confuse it with that "spam" you see in social media.


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