I just flagged a question as off-topic on SO. On not getting the badge I checked here and gathered that apparently (seen no official comment) it's only awared for flagging spam/offensive. So... shouldn't the badge say so?

Oh, and given that, should it really be only bronze? I've only seen one spam post so far (not on SO), so I think they're quite a bit rarer than off-topic posts.

(Hmm, I do have to check where I (should) have gotten that CP badge...)

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    Spam on SO is common enough - even discounting people shilling their own products - I'm talking about people flogging shoes and such.
    – McDowell
    Jan 15, 2011 at 13:59
  • So, who downvoted this just now? Smacks of revenge-voting, or is there an actual reason to downvote? Jan 20, 2011 at 12:31
  • Actually, since the CP was changed yesterday, this is moot: it now seems to be awarded for exactly what the text says, not just for "spam/off". Feb 10, 2011 at 14:49

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Spam is taken care of quickly on SO so that is why you haven't seen much of it.

I think bronze is appropriate because it doesn't it take long to earn it all just flagging a single post. Which lines up with Bronze's description:

Bronze badges are awarded for basic use of Stack Overflow; they are easy to earn.

However, I agree with your statement that the text is misleading, it just says first flagged post. It should say something like: first flagged spam/offensive post.


Now flagging for moderator attention also counts for the Citizen Patrol badge. So there is no need to change the text for this badge which reads:

First flagged post.

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