What happened to the "Flag As" button? Answered
Is anyone here old enough to remember, way back in the Bad Old Days, here at Instructables, when every forum post had a "Flag As" button, for give unto every user the power to tattletale on any other user's post, by "flagging" it as...oh I forget what all the choices were exactly, but I think there was, "Spam", "Inappropriate", and, uh, those are the only ones I remember for sure. There might have also been one for "Feewings", or "Offensiveness", or something like that.
Anyway, I cannot help wondering, since that "Flag As" button went away, exactly what mechanism is being used to keep the forums here, or what is left of the forums, free from Spam and other offensive content.
Is it AI algorithms? Is an army of Stasi spam-sniffing censor monkeys?
More importantly, what happens when that system fails to catch spam posts? What happens when one gets through !?
As a current example, from as recently as 13 hours ago, consider this guy JohnW797 (Do you really think you have a chance against us, meester cowboy?) and his cryptic question about a "shunt regulator", here:
Am I the only one who thinks this "question" is actually spam? i.e. the only semantic content in this question is a link to this cowboy's website he's promoting.
So where's my, "Flag as Spam" button? The reason I ask is because this stupid "install a shunt regulator" question is obvious spam, and should be deleted as soon as possible.
Deleted ASAP, with extreme predjudice!
Also, a warning for the spammer is probably an appropriate first response. Deleting the account is appropriate for a second offense.
Tolerance for spammers only makes the site look weak, and encourages them to do more of the same.