As the title says, my main question is:
What is considered spam and what is not? When should I flag something as spam and when should I not?
I read some meta posts about this, the most relevant one was this: Spam Flag declined.. exactly what *is* the line? But the accepted and only answer to that question mostly deals how to decide whether an answer is spam (when it is not relevant to the OP), but I would like to know how to deal with questions which might be spam.
My minor question:
Yesterday I flagged a question as spam. It was basically a self-promotion of an android developer conference with a link to the conference's website. The flag was declined as "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" but the question was actually removed for reasons of moderation.
- So if it was removed for moderation reasons wasn't it needed to make the moderators aware of that question?
- Or this particular flag was declined because if the mod accepts that spam flag the user who posted the question will get a huge penalty, and the moderator didn't thought that it was a serious enough offense to deserve that penalty? So he declined the flag but actually removed the content? I would understand this case, since it was a simple advertisement, not like the recent spamwaves, though in my country of residence these kind of advertisements are also considered spamming and are not tolerated. If this was the situation, should I flag such content as the special needs moderator attention flag, or not flag at all?