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9:34 AM
"Editing the spam content out is counterproductive": you seem to be considering edits made so as to improve it. An edit can be used also: to vandalize/erase a potentially dangerous link (which I find useful – I'd just replaced the link with [erased link]), to remove a tag (which I find unnecessary), to partly hide an offensive statement if it includes names, or any action found to be useful before the spam is deleted. — YCor 3 hours ago
@YCor I cannot really respond to specific case you mention - since I did not see the post (and I do not see any today's post among SD reports either.) You made a valid point - important thing here is that even after the edit other users should be able to clearly recognize that it is a spam post. — Martin Sleziak 36 secs ago
In the first revision I used a weaker formulation: "Editing the spam content away might be contraproductive."
 
 
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11:06 AM
> The Community user will protect a question in the following cases:
> 1. The number of deleted answers from low-rep users, plus the number of answers with helpful spam flags, is at least 3. (Note that spam answers from new users are counted twice.)
> Generally, this means that three deleted answers from new users will cause auto-protection, but if at least one of those answers is spam, only two answers will trigger it.
> 2. Five answers from low-rep users were posted in the last 24 hours. Three answers on Software Engineering, English Language Learners, and Workplace, and 20 answers on Code Golf.
I did not know the exact conditions when spam flags lead to question being protected - this is perhaps useful to know too. (From the quote above I see that if there are two spam answers on the same question, it will be automatically protected.)
 
 
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2:08 PM
I have edited "is counterproductive" to "can be coounterproductive" to reflect YCor's comment. meta.mathoverflow.net/posts/4260/revisions meta.mathoverflow.net/revisions/4260/6
 
 
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3:15 PM
Since I have mentioned in this room a new design for MO a few times - most recently here - I will just point out that they are currently working on the design of Anime.SE.
Also this comment does not look too optimistic:
I had asked this basic question of Jon Ericson a couple weeks ago in the Moderators Only chat. He stated two things. First, the Lead person who had been putting out updates on this has left the Stack Exchange network, so they are now working at a deficit. Secondly, he stated he'd be posting something up "pretty soon" as to the status of the graduated sites which are owed site designs. I know Anime & CodeGolf are in the list, but there are several others out there which are waiting. Mechanics has been waiting ~2.5 years for ours as well. — Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 28 at 16:21
 
 
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6:20 PM
This spam post remained online for an hour:
in Charcoal HQ, 1 hour ago, by SmokeDetector
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword in answer, blacklisted website in answer (178): Greatest common divisor of two specified sequences of numbers (search for equality) by ranjeet on mathoverflow.net
Still, my impression is that spam is usually removed much faster on MO (within minutes).
 

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