https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/342843/115 was the first, and so far only, post by the answerer, and as such I was reluctant to greet them with a validated spam flag.
Their blog post was professionally written, and so I thought their skills could be an asset to our site, once they became familiar with its protocols.
As a result, and from its history, it looks like I took these actions in this order:
- Declined a spam flag from another user because "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it"
- Validated a very low quality flag as Helpful although I would have preferred that the flagger commented, edited and/or downvoted rather than flagging
- Validated a not an answer flag as Helpful although I would have preferred that the flagger commented, edited and/or downvoted rather than flagging
- Declined your spam flag because "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it"
- Added a comment of Avoid overt self-promotion. The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.. In practice this means any answer that recommends your own product must include something like "Disclosure: I am the [position] of [company] that publishes this blog".
- Deleted the answer
At some point I also downvoted the answer as not useful because it was link-only.
Although, strictly speaking, you have made a case for why your and the earlier spam flags could have been validated, I hope you will understand that, as moderators assessing them, we must also bear in mind what we judge to be best for the site. I try not to validate spam flags on any post which I think may have been made in good faith by what appears to be a genuine new user.
I had a similar flag a day or two ago, and this time, as you suggested in a comment, I searched for how to Dispute (by clearing) rather than Decline the flag and found it on the mod button for the post.