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I think it would be useful to distinguish between well-intentioned but off-topic questions and those meant to promote a service or advertise a particular product. Is there a way to give advertising its own radio button in the "close" menu?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Seeing spam like this (hopefully a dead link soon) makes me want to remind people, flag don't downvote. \$\endgroup\$ – C. Ross Sep 6 '10 at 11:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is "astroturfing" in this context? \$\endgroup\$ – LeguRi Sep 7 '10 at 15:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Astroturfing" is a play on "grass-roots support;" it refers to discussion threads started on fora with an ulterior motive, like engendering discussion of a game that is (secretly) produced by the poster. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Sep 7 '10 at 19:32
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The flag list includes spam. I think flags are reserved for poor behavior -- there's a qualitative difference between someone who asks a bad question with good intention and someone who's trying to abuse the system, as you note.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Got it. I hadn't really explored the flag list; I'm finding the features as I stumble over them. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Sep 3 '10 at 12:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can 2000 rep delete spam Bryant? \$\endgroup\$ – Iain M Norman Sep 3 '10 at 12:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ I can vote to delete it, but it's only one vote. I believe the big thing that separates moderators from high rep people is that moderators can close/delete/etc. single-handedly. \$\endgroup\$ – Bryant Sep 3 '10 at 12:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ If a question is flagged enough it will die automagically. If you post it here on meta or on chat, we'll usually dog pile it into oblivion. \$\endgroup\$ – C. Ross Sep 3 '10 at 14:05
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You should flag spam, not vote to close.

You have a limited number of close votes, don't use them up on spam.

A mod will come and delete things that are flagged and need deleting.

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