I've seen a troubling trend of bad answers remaining on the site far longer than they should. And by bad, I mean really bad. Stuff that not only isn't an answer, but also contains swear words, derogatory terms, slurs, homophobia, racism, sexism, etc. Basically, stuff that's offensive.
The "It is not welcome in our community" flag (A.K.A. offensive flag) works the same way as the spam flag, but for content that isn't spam. We should use it for the same reason we use the spam flag: to permanently remove unwanted content from the site. From my reading on meta.SO, 6 offensive flags will automatically remove a post.
Also, like with spam, do not edit offensive content out of an actual answer. The offensive content still remains in the revision history, and makes it harder to find. Just flag it and carry on.
So to be clear, at least for answers:
- If it's offensive (based on my incomplete list above)
- Flag as offensive
- If it's spam (non-solicited advertisement)
- Flag as spam
- If it's not an answer
- Flag as NAA
- If you've completed this previous 3 steps and haven't left a flag, but you still think the post is flag worthy
- Flag as either VLQ or use a custom flag.
Do these steps in order.