I am trying to figure out where in the database schema is stored the information about the kind of flag that has eventually been raised on a given answer.

It seems spam/offensive flags should generate some kind of entry in the Votes table with VoteTypeId 12 or 4. But it actually doesn't, for the posts I checked (as an example, see this query, this was a post I flagged as spam myself - you need 10k on EE.SE to see it, though - you can see the downvotes, the deletion, the fact it was sent in moderator review queue, but no explicit trace of a spam flag).

Regarding the NAA flags, I don't see anything in the schema that could directly relate to this.

But why do I need this?

Because there has been this question: Someone has been upvoting nonsense non-answers on meta EE.SE. And I recently realized that we could actually get some information about deleted posts on SEDE. So I thought: "Hey, imma just make a query to get the posts that have upvotes while having been flagged as NAA, to check if there has been an increase of these cases recently!"

But it seems I can't, can I? The only thing I can do is checking if the post has been in the moderator review queue (VoteTypeId = 15), which should have been the case for all flagged posts, whetever the kind of flag raised.

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    I doubt if the votes table still receives that info. I can only imagine it has a record while there still is a pending spam flag on that post. AFAIK there is no flag information in the public SEDE. At best you could look at ReviewTasks as an NAA flag will probably end-up for review (unless a mod got to it earlier) and then that only works for non-deleted posts.
    – rene
    Jul 31, 2019 at 9:31

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You're out of luck, I guess.

Flags aren't stored in SEDE (the PendingFlags table stores something else, and the votes might be the automatic downvotes caused by spam/rude/abusive flags). NAA and VLQ flags usually make the post end up in review queues, of which some data is stored in SEDE, review tasks for deleted posts are not included in SEDE.

With a little luck, your EE.Meta post attracts a ♦ moderator who is willing to dig into these posts. They might observe a pattern in IP addresses or email addresses and confirm that there's a voting ring at work, but such investigations can be long and unfruitful.

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