So, when might you use the orange flag?
- Obvious spam
- Suspicious self-promotion - where someone keeps finding ways to drop links to their own website into the discussion
- Fluff - one liners, messages that just repeat what's already been said, or anything so vague as to be meaningless
- Abusive or offensive - personal attacks, bigotry, hate speech etc.
You can also use it to report posts that are perfectly OK, but have been made in the wrong forum - eg a question about using an <img> tag that was asked in the Graphics section but would be better in the HTML section - that way we can move it to the right place so that it has a better chance of being answered.
Just to put it into perspective - there over 40 of us 'staff' (team leaders, advisors, mentors and of course HAWK), and several hundred new posts every day. We can't be everywhere, we can't see everything. We do the best we can, and what can be slightly frustrating sometimes is that you probably have no idea just how much fluff and spam we do delete, because we get to it before you see it. The more everyone joins in with reporting the rubbish, the quicker we can deal with it, and the less you'll all see. And that's when you start to get a positive feedback loop, because new members see a higher standard of discussion without all the fluff, so there's a better chance that they will refrain from making fluff posts too.
I hear what you're saying about some kind of incentive, and we are looking at what we can do there. But without wanting to sound sanctimonious about it, this is a community. We're all here to help each other. The incentive is that you'll get a better forum out of it. We're volunteers here, just like you. The community is only as good as the people who make it up, and while we staff members are specifically tasked with patrolling and policing the forums, it's up to everyone to do their bit. The more help you give us in doing that, the less time we have to spend doing the dirty work and the more time we can spend reading and contributing to the discussions, which is why we come here, just the same as you.
We don't necessarily expect you to go wild and start flagging every slightly iffy post - how about starting small, and pledging to flag one bad post every time you visit?