I flagged the following post as spam since it wasn't a question at all.

Secure file I hope

Seems to be copy/paste of text on a Google webpage.

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The decline message is:

declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention

Seems a question like this would surely require a moderator. Being a user with such low rep, I'm really making the effort to contribute and don't understand what would be more appropriate? Is this the result of not choosing the right 'flag category'? Perhaps a comment would be better (even though I don't have the rep to comment)?

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It's not spam, for one. The question appears to be (from the title) if the file that was created by the process is secure.

Secondly, even if it was spam mods should only be informed if something needs to be handled urgently or if it is serious. The question did not require serious or urgent action.

Else, just use the normal voting buttons to vote to close.

  • We'll have to 'agree to disagree'. The post is of such low quality it shouldn't be considered anything better than spam. There's not even a question! I don't know who flagged the question though I'm surprised that this meets your own standards as a valid question.
    – phbits
    May 2, 2019 at 15:09
  • In regards to your second point, I simply marked the question as spam and have no control over what queue it lands in.
    – phbits
    May 2, 2019 at 15:09
  • "Spam" has a specific meaning. "Low quality" is its own flagging category.
    – schroeder Mod
    May 2, 2019 at 16:58
  • Per help docs, spam should be flagged and flagging should be favored over downvoting. Downvoting should be reserved for extreme cases...Instead of voting down:..flag it Interesting to find the OP is no longer available...
    – phbits
    Mar 5, 2020 at 19:42
  • When did I say "downvote"?
    – schroeder Mod
    Mar 5, 2020 at 20:13
  • Else, just use the normal voting buttons to vote to close.
    – phbits
    Mar 5, 2020 at 20:15
  • Ok, you've read the help docs in a skewed way and you've read my comment in a skewed way. That's simply not what the help doc says and that's not what I said. Please go over the words and read more carefully.
    – schroeder Mod
    Mar 5, 2020 at 20:16
  • You do not appear to understand the difference between "spam" and "low quality" and you are confusing "vote to close" with "downvoting". You have also completely misread the help doc where it says, "If the post is spammy or offensive, flag it". Low quality is not spam, so invoking that line is not valid.
    – schroeder Mod
    Mar 5, 2020 at 20:18

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