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How regular users should deal with a spam?

asked 2013-03-26 19:04:28 -0500

updated 2013-03-26 19:06:32 -0500

Sometimes there is a spam on Answers, e.g. like today. So, how regular users should deal with it? I mean those ones who have insufficient karma to delete the entire question/answer/comment.

For example, my karma is enough to Close a question, but not to delete it. However, for the answers and comments there is only Delete option which I cannot use.

I tried to downvote some of the spam answers today, but got negative points for this. Probably because it was several answers from the same user.

So should it be left for moderators (are there any?) or we have to take some action too?


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That tommox is annoying. We cannot do anything but wait for administrator to block his account.

Chik gravatar image Chik  ( 2013-03-26 20:41:23 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-03-26 21:49:29 -0500

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If you click the "flag offensive" button (above comments, below the post), it will put the message into a queue for moderators (and remove it from visibility).

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Is it easy to find all the comments made from spammers account? Because this time spambot(?) not just created the questions, but also answers. And the only option for answers and comments is Delete, it is not possible to flag it. I was thinking that downvoting can help moderators to identify spam

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2013-03-26 21:56:37 -0500 )edit

So I see a "flag offensive" next to this answer (although not on comments). Do you not have that option? Perhaps there is some other setting that is wrong which is requiring a high karma level for flagging answers.

fergs gravatar image fergs  ( 2013-03-26 21:59:50 -0500 )edit

Yeah, I don't have this option, only 'delete' and 'link'.

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2013-03-26 22:02:48 -0500 )edit

Haha! I only have 'link'. Not even have 'delete'.

Chik gravatar image Chik  ( 2013-03-26 22:13:54 -0500 )edit

That is actually weird, I have 'delete', but I can't use it -- it says that over 1000 karma is required.

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2013-03-26 22:19:34 -0500 )edit

very funny :-D

Chik gravatar image Chik  ( 2013-03-26 22:22:06 -0500 )edit

I have edit, delete and link on this answer and edit, retag, close, delete on the question. No flag offensive. (But since i got >1000 karma, i probably dont need it anymore) Is there a possibility to see the moderators? And all my flagged posts remained visible in the past. (at least to me...)

Ben_S gravatar image Ben_S  ( 2013-03-27 00:14:36 -0500 )edit
felix k gravatar image felix k  ( 2013-03-27 01:30:47 -0500 )edit

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