I am confirming this, but it is more than likely because some users exercised close votes, and chose a custom off-topic reason. This was the WRONG thing to do with this.
When you encounter spam on the site, the procedure is to
Flag it as spam
The spam flag is special. That is all that is needed.
DO NOT cast a close vote
DO NOT flag any reason ...
For obvious spam posts, like the above I usually just destroy the user (which also deletes all of his posts) if he only have a few posts. This remove the problem, but we can't ban people based on IP or similar.
When I'm on mobile I just delete the post since the mobile theme doesn't support mod actions very well.
6 spam flags automatically close + delete ...
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. ...
Flag both the question, and the answers for that question, if they are spam. That would help in noticing there are other spammer accounts that need to be destroyed.
When I see a flag for a post being spam, I go to the user account page for the account used to write the post, and I destroy the account from there. Having a flag for each spammer makes ...
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.
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 ...
Here is a typical screen dump: .
Notice that there are 9 downvotes and 8 views. You need 125 rep to downvote, but only 15 to flag - so all those who downvoted could have flagged. Also note that it has been up for 31 minutes (long enough for Google to pick it up, which is presumably why he's doing it). People are obviously downvoting instead of flagging (...
Over the last several months, this user has used several different usernames. The IP address changes, and every time we nuke the account, a new one gets created. The SE team has adjusted the banned word filters.
Just flag the posts as spam. If enough people do that, then the posts will go away. Otherwise, one of the mods will handle it.
Only moderators can destroy user accounts. In this case, since the posts have been flagged as spam from enough users, no moderator did anything to delete the posts (which were automatically deleted), or delete the spam account (as no moderator noticed the spam flags).
That's fine. If the spammer writes other spam messages, it will be caught from a moderator....
For the spam attack that has been going on the last month, I would guess that the mods have destroyed well over two hundred users and over three hundred spam posts. It could be more (I stopped counting).
For the most part, the posts are on the site for a few minutes at most, as the mods frequently check the site for flags, etc, and the system has ...
Self-promotion does not always equate to spam on this site, especially when the site could potentially be a resource. We discourage self-promotion, but don't consider people spammers when they do this the first time.
The spam flag carries special weight to it, as it can trigger extra consequences for the poster besides having the post deleted. If I see a ...
Please use flags to communicate with moderators.
If you think an answer is spam, flag it as such.
If you think that there are a pattern of spam answers from one user, you may wish to use the Other flag type on one of that user’s posts to write a short message saying so. However, this should not be necessary: a repeated pattern of spamming from one user is ...
This information about this is in the Help Center, https://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/abuse-block:
In an effort to maintain the quality of our collaboratively edited
resources while imposing the fewest possible restrictions on who can
create and edit content, Stack Exchange utilizes several layers of
While our systems are ...
The limit is a system wide thing; all of the SE sites have the same behaviors, apart from a few minor differences.
There is a limit because the spam/offensive flag gets misapplied and abused on some of the other sites. As your flag weight increases, you get the opportunity to flag more things per day.
On my community site I use spambot which talks to the stopforumspam site - that blocked 99% of spammers from even signing up. I haven't seen false negatives and you can change the setting to only block users if more than x other sites have reported that IP address, username or email address.
Then I use a rule to send moderators an email if a new user posts ...
@MPD has been already taken care of the spammer.
For future reference about what to do when you see a spam post, see What should I do when I see spam posts?
Most importantly, don't edit a spam post to remove the spam content; that just makes harder to identify the spam.