Very often spam and offensive posts are heavily down-voted before reaching the 6 flags required to delete it. When a post gets a certain number of downvotes (e.g. 5), how about prompting subsequent down-voters "Is this post spam or offensive?"

It would be interesting to do a bit of a survey of heavily down-voted posts to see what the ratio of spam or offensive : just wrong or low quality, etc. is like.

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    Are you sure these downvotes are genuine downvotes? Because flagging something as spam also makes the community user cast a downvote.
    – Oak
    Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 10:15
  • @Oak I wasn't aware of that, thanks for pointing it out! The higher down-votes may then result from people flagging and down-voting, but obviously we can't tell.
    – moinudin
    Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 10:19
  • @Oak even so, it's probably still a worthwhile prompt? - Maybe the metric for defining "heavily" would need tweaking, and you do have the case where someone will downvote because they're out of flags for the day... Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 11:25


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