I flagged this answer:


as being spam ie not relevant but I am now warned it was declined as the moderators could not see anything wrong.

An answer that suggests that a soffit water leak (the original question) can be solved by the flux capacitor reaching 88mph (the flagged answer) and the moderators find that answer relevant?

I am confused.

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For the benefit of people that can't see it, that post reads:

This tends to happen when the Flux Capacitor reaches 88 MPH.

I declined your flag because that post is not spam.

From the Meta Stack Exchange FAQ on spam:

A post should be marked as spam only if it advertises a product, service, or similar and is unsolicited or lacks disclosure.

That post does neither of those things. Because of the penalties associated with spam flags -- the reputation hit and the blocks to prevent the user from posting again -- it's important to get it right. You should have used either the "not an answer" or "very low quality" flags instead.

  • When I see or hear spam - the first thing I get is Monty Python...
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 20, 2020 at 15:24
  • However, I had to pause and finally did not flag a post this morning - took a while for it to get removed though.
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 20, 2020 at 15:25

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