As per the FAQ, we know that there are two small differences between spam flags and rude or abusive flags (referred to below as S and R/A, respectively).
If a deleted post has at least 1 valid spam flag, it can be used as review audits. The same doesn't apply to R/A flags.
If a question has a second answer deleted with at least 1 valid spam flag, it's automatically protected by Community ♦.
However, in day-to-day usage those two things don't make a difference in how the flags affect the posts and sites they're cast on. Pops (an ex-CM) said it best a while back:
Feb 28 '17 at 21:31, by Pops
It's... hard... to argue in favor of writing an algorithm and making a bot spend time calculating which of the two flag types to use when they are, in actuality, the exact same flag. It's not even Coke vs. Pepsi, it's Pepsi vs. a second bottle of Pepsi that's using a different but still valid Pepsi logo.
In spite of an MSO post saying that S and R/A flags should be handled equally (and SpamRam handles both flag types identically in every way), they do make a difference in the system, which is said to have annoyed some SO mods.
- Is there practical differences between S and R/A flags anymore?
- Is it an issue or not that offensive posts are flagged as spam?