Due to the misuse of the offensive flag on Youtube videos in chat, can we have separate spam and offensive flags in chat, and then disallow flagging Youtube videos as offensive?
I wholeheartedly agree that "youtube link to rebecca black" is absolutely not what the flag system is for. I tried to raise awareness that flagging is not "fun", as it brings a suspension with it. I guess I should stress it some more:
"Annoying" is not a valid flag reason.
By flagging an annoying message you expose it to all of the ~150 moderators and all 10kers on the site. You're advertising the annoying content, then getting a chuckle out of it when you see it removed.
I regularly supervote "annoying" flags as invalid on chat.SE, and when I had 10k rep on meta I did the same as well (thank you Waffles). However, I'm not online 24/7.
That said, this sounds like a rant rather than an actual request. Just because people suck at flagging, it doesn't mean we should remove flagging.
Disallowing flagging Youtube videos is ridiculous; you can't just block it because one time someone flagged a Youtube video and you disagree. It's like saying people shouldn't be allowed to downvote questions tagged c++ because one time you asked a c++ question and got downvoted unfairly
Chat has the nice feature of letting users disagree with flags, which should dramatically reduce the chances of somebody getting banned incorrectly because their video was flagged when it shouldn't have been. If a video gets enough spam/offensive flags to hit the threshold without 10k users like yourself disagreeing fast enough to stop it, it probably really is spam or offensive
I don't think your particular solution is a good way to handle this, but I'm very open to suggestions. We just had a case where two users were suspended because of a couple of music videos. I wouldn't make as much of it if most of the flaggers (who will of course remain anonymous) weren't fairly high-rep users who should know better.
To be clear, auto-suspension (for a short while) when your message gets removed as spam or offensive is a good thing and will not be removed – but apparently some people have very strange ideas what constitutes spam or offensive messages.
If there are any ideas how to improve this, I'm all ear.