James, I think what happens with multiple flags is that it pushes the review further up the line for a manual review. The review would still have to clearly violate the guidelines in order for it to be removed. That's my understanding of the process.I wonder if Google's had to deal with mechanical turk style flagging campaigns before. If it's really the case that flagging multiple times helps, I wouldn't be surprised if there's some strange spam flagging patterns under the hood that Google's had to deal with. I know the Warrior Forum would be all over that if business owners could get negative reviews pulled just by a slow and steady hit of locally based 'this review is spam' flags. I'd be interested in seeing some numbers if anyone's got any personal experience.
No kidding. On the rare occasion that we succesfully have a review removed for a client it's an all out celebration here at the officeThat's what I figured. Either way, I haven't seen many business owners have much luck with getting reviews removed no matter what they do, so the point's kind of moot.