The very low quality flag is intended to mark posts that are unsalvageable and need to be removed as fast as possible. In the past these flags also had an automatic downvote from the Community user. (source: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/93606/364003)
Red flags are flags for spam/rude or abusive posts. These posts should be deleted as fast as possible. Any red flag comes with an automatic downvote from the Community user and if a post is flagged six times it is automatically deleted. (source: What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?)
Some of the bigger sites (especially Stack Overflow) have a quality problem. Users unaware of the rules use the site as their personal help desk. The question block filter is quite good in preventing them from doing long-term harm but in order for this block to work, the users posts need to be downvoted and deleted.
Users suggested different solutions to solve this problem. The latest proposal is from Shog9 who proposes to allow tag badge holders to delete a question until it is edited.
Unfortunately most of these proposals take a lot of time to implement. That is why I am proposing a short-term solution/workaround that will help the community to quickly get rid of very low quality questions:
Sites can decide whether they want this feature enabled or not. If the feature is enabled, the very low quality flag would two things:
- enqueue the post in the low quality review (triage on Stack Overflow) – Current behaviour
- act as red flags, i.e. every flag includes an automatic downvote, six flags of this type would automatically delete the post and give the owner an reputation penalty of -100.
The reputation penalty is something that is not necessary but I think it would make the implementation easier. Additionally one might consider changing the VLQ flag description on these sites to something like this:
This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is not salvageable through editing, and needs to be removed.
This flag should not include an IP-ban as the spam flag. It should be more like the rude or abusive flag because I think someone using an SE site as their personal help desk is on a same level as rude or abusive because they use the system in a way it is not designed for and they expect others to do the work without doing some on their own.
The current red flags show a post notice This post was deleted as spam/offensive. I think in the case of a VLQ-deletion this text should be changed to something more explanatory.