I feel that recently we are fighting more with the spammers. But is flagging enough to help the moderators? any other measure we can do? I don't know something like when you flag and it is trusted user with certain number of accepted flags...can delete the user automatically? It might be a bad idea. But I wish I could do more about it
Yes that was weird, about 4 spam posts from newly registered accounts in the space of about half an hour, and I think some earlier today as well. I destroyed a few accounts and other mods have taken action too so it's all been cleared up.
Personally I think flagging's enough at the moment, while it's unsavoury to see spam it's not a massive problem on this site. We mods get an icon in the toolbar telling us how many mod flags there are outstanding, so it's rare that a post flagged as spam will be around for long.
There are already automatic bans in place for users who reach a certain level of deleted/downvoted content, but I don't think they kick in very often for spammers as their accounts just aren't around for long enough.
Just to reinforce one aspect, please just flag spam as spam. Please
- Don't use any flags, other than spam.
- Don't edit to remove links.
- Don't re-tag as spam.
These three actions can interfere with the spam gets handled. Fore more information, read What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work? over on MSO.