I have seen an user which reputation is "6" and I saw one user up-voted the spam post.

Spam post should not be up-voted!

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    Yes, but even if they are upvoted the outcome does not change, are end up deleted, right?
    – mchar
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 13:40
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    Don't downvote spam. Just use the spam flag, and not another one. It may seem counterintuitive, but downvoting can make spam stay around longer in the system. The spam flag is also special.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 15:42
  • Thanks for your valuable suggestion. Suppose I use both down vote and spam flag for a spam question. Is not it make fast to delete that questions? Compare to using only spam flag.
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 5:33
  • @mchar it is a bad idea to up-vote spam, since the permissions users have depends on their reputation. Would you want to make spammers reach a reputation of 50, so they can spam on meta, have new users restrictions removed, up-vote for spam posts, flag posts just to fill the flag queue, spam in chat, and comment everywhere?
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 11:16
  • I think that spammers are being deleted along with their posts, if I'm not mistaken and No I wouldn't want spammers to overwhelm DA :)
    – mchar
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 11:51
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    @Smalution If you downvote the post and flag it as spam, it may actually take longer for it to go away. When the vote count hits a certain point, it will disappear from the home page, and catch fewer flags, which means it will take longer to get autodeleted and may stay around until a moderator can handle the flag.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 16:05
  • Thanks @mpdonadio for the clarification.
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 17:27
  • You can blame Tim Post's cat.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 8:23

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Up-voting and down-voting spam are both bad actions that just make spam stay around longer. Down-voting and flagging as spam doesn't make the spam go away faster.

Just flag the spam as spam; when the user account accumulates enough spam flags, the user will be blocked from posting further spam, and the account will be identified as spammer network-wide. This means any associated account used on other Stack Exchange sites will not be able to spam too.

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