I flagged an answer as 'spam', because the content was something like

I am Jeff. Jeff Jeff Jeff. etc

The post was deleted - yet my flag was declined. Why?

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Because it is not selling or promoting a product or service. It's just a vague quote from a kid's book. "Not an answer" would be appropriate for this type of post.

It matters insofar as spam flags train our spam filter, which is why your flag was declined.

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    On other sites that I'm, they're always marked helpful, so I guess it was just surprising. – Mithical Jul 27 '16 at 14:57
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    So the flag was declined because it was the wrong choice? 'Spam' has a fluid meaning, the one you game, but also leaning towards 'annoying irrelevant crap' (which is of course 'not an answer' also). The OP shouldn't be discouraged from flagging because of a reasonable choice. Can't you just approve for flagging if it helped mods deal with questions? (whether the flag reason was exactly perfect or not) – Mitch Jul 27 '16 at 14:58
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    @Mitch We stick to a strict definition because it trains the spam filter. If it had been a different flag, I wouldn't have declined it. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 27 '16 at 15:01
  • Can you add something minimal to the flag descriptions to that effect? – Mitch Jul 27 '16 at 16:23
  • @Mitch also, spam flags can lead to suspension. They really shouldn't be used lightly. – terdon Jul 27 '16 at 18:18
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    @terdon even more of a reason for warning on the spam reason. – Mitch Jul 27 '16 at 18:18
  • @Mitch no, I can't, but I did just put our "how to flag" meta post as featured a couple of days ago. It describes that situation amongst others. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 27 '16 at 18:19
  • Coming back to this a year and a half later, I'll just point out that post content isn't considered at all for Stack Exchange's native spam filter; SpamRam works purely on IPs. Just for any future readers who may stumble across this :) – Mithical Jan 6 '18 at 22:47

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