Spam comes in waves, and it is difficult to keep track of what I've flagged and what's new (and unflagged). It would be nice with a little marker telling me what I've already flagged. The marker should appear in the question list, so I don't have to open the spam to see that I've already flagged it.

(I used the downvote button as a reminder for myself, since it turns blue after its been used. But in a recent thread here in meta, somebody said that using the downvote for this purpose is depreciated.)

  • I always use downvote as a marker for spam questions. I see no harm in it.
    – GoodSp33d
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 12:38
  • It was depreciated by kiamlaluno in a comment below this posting: meta.drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/2398/… It takes 7 spam flags to delete a spam posting, while 3 downvotes is enough to remove it from the front page. Btw. I don't agree with him. Spam should be less visible. Since it still shows up in the review links for users with a rep of 125 or more, it shall be flagged as spam anyway by these reviewers. Bit since diamond moderators are "the law" around here, I shall follow his instructions. Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 14:41
  • @GisleHannemyr Moderators don't decide about features that should be implemented; only developers do that. Personally, I am neutral about this feature request. I try to vote to close (or delete) a question I have already voted to delete more times than I try to flag as spam the same post.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 19:42
  • I did not state (nor imply) that moderators decide about features. I said that you, as a diamond moderator, requested that members do not downvote spam, and that while I disagree, I respect that request. As for voting for deletion or closing, this is something us mere mortals here do not have the rep to do. Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 3:27
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    @GisleHannemyr I didn't make any request; I simply said that it is a bad idea because when an question's score is at least -4, only 10K users and moderators see there is a question flagged as spam. On Drupal Answers there are just 2 10K users who are not moderators. Hiding a question from the front page, you are not avoiding the question is indexed by Google.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 8:07
  • @kiamlaluno: According to this, three spam flags gets it removed from the front page: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/58032/… So flagging also have this effect it appears. Commented May 30, 2013 at 13:29
  • Yes, but three spam flags have a different meaning than four down-votes. If four users would simply down-vote spam, it would not be evident there is spam. Between a single spam flag and more flags for the same question, the latter is preferable.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 14:32
  • Yeah, but the question is not: Should I downvote instead of flagging? The question is: Is it OK to downvote after flagging (mainly to have a marker for self that post is already flagged)? Commented May 30, 2013 at 14:41

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Many features requests like this have been discussed on Meta Stack Overflow

This was declined a while ago by Jeff. From When you flag a post, can the 'Flag' button be highlighted or something?

This would require many, many queries per page load per logged on users.

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    Then he should reconsider his schema. Adding a table with pending spam flags as a relation to the user (they may be removed from this table as soon as those flags are resolved) should only generate a single query per page load per user. Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 5:25

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