Right now the spam tag is labeled as

Exsits only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation.

and in the author's affiliation it says

"The community here tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam..." and "Don't talk about your product / website / book / job too much."

But recently I flagged a post for spam advertising a speedrunning website but the flag got denied and instead the post was removed for being off-topic. In the situation described with the flags description, the spam flag seems like it would fit perfectly here.

In what situation should the spam flag be used?

  • In addition to the Help Center page you linked, I would encourage you to read the FAQ page for spam flags. While I can't speak to the individual decision to decline your flag as I can't see the post, I will say that it's generally best practice to try "nicer" methods of correction first before slamming a user with a red flag. This should be the procedure for all but the most blatant of posts.
    – Das_Geek
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 22:35

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When should the Spam flag be used?

When you think something is Spam.

It's a judgement call. Spam flags are relevant when someone posts a wildly irrelevant question or answer promoting a product to the site, or an answer that seems relevant to the question on the surface, but contains unrelated product links or information. For example on the latter:

Spam answer

Note that a successful spam vote is a serious mark against an account and severely limits what that account can do.

The question you flagged was a little promotional, but ultimately it was internal to Stack Exchange. It discusses an SE network feature - creating a new Stack Exchange site based on a sub-section of gaming - something we've covered before on meta with regards to Minecraft: When does it become necessary to create a new community for a specific game?.

Even if your flag was declined, the flag alerted the mods to the post and appropriate actions were taken (migration to meta and deletion off the main site).

Also note: not all answers that contain product or purchase links are spam. If the product is a relevant solution to the question at hand and the author discloses their affiliation (or lack thereof), it's ok. As an example, here's an answer I provided that links to a site to purchase replacement parts (and disclosed my lack of affiliation).

  • Is it me or there isn't many post posted by spam bot? I see more often spam post on AU
    – damadam
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 15:26
  • @damadam - There are a lot of mechanisms in place to detect and stop spam pretty quickly these days - including a community-led effort called Charcoal/Smoke Detector - spam lasts no longer than 2-3 minutes tops on our site :)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 10:42

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