I just raised a single flag for spam on this question, and when clicking the flag button again the popup shows this:


But I just flagged the question once, and accordingly I still have 9 flags available to be raised today. Is there a bug somewhere with the flagging system?

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No, that's the normal behaviour. Spam and offensive flags are functionally the same, the only difference being how the labelled data is used:

How does the Spam flag differ from the Offensive flag?

In terms of getting the post deleted, there is no functional difference aside from separate counts - 3/6 of either will be sufficient to delete. Spam flags provide data for spam-filtering, and offensive flags similarly provide data for anti-trolling measures.

The notice placed over a deleted post also says much the same (spam or offensive):

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  • Should have read something about the topic before posting. Thanks
    – kos
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 7:08
  • @kos no, its all right, this way more people (like me) learn about that difference :)
    – guntbert
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 18:59

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