TL;DR: there's a system called "Smoke Detector" that has been automatically flagging spam here for the past year. You can view a list of posts that have been flagged by clicking this text (warning: some vulgar / offensive content if you click through to the flagged posts in that list.) Right now, the folks running this system are trying to decide if they should delete this sort of thing even faster - so if you think you might have an opinion on this, read that list, form your opinion, then come back here and share it.
As some of you may have seen already there is this post on mother meta. To save a bad explanation by me here's the TL;DR from the post.
Charcoal is the organisation behind SmokeDetector. Since January 2017, we've been casting up to 3 flags automatically on posts that our systems are confident are spam. We'd like to increase that to 5 automatic flags to reduce the time spam spends alive on the network.
As it stands this proposal is network wide but there has been some discussion with the Charcoal team whether this can be on a per site basis. Therefore, this is a preemptive discussion on whether we'd like auto flagging of spam on our site and how we'd want it handled. The following are the questions we'd need to address if we are able to change things on a per site basis.
- Do we want auto spam flagging?
- How many auto spam flags would we want?
- Who should be able to auto spam flag? (Anyone, active users, users >N rep, SmokeDetector account, etc.)
If you have anymore questions to discuss in relation to this feel free to edit them into the list though if there are any answers already pinging them for an update would be a nice courtesy.