I ran across a clear "spam" question in the low-quality posts review queue today. Link in case it works, but I hate promoting it by even linking it here :-/.

The correct response to spam is to flag it as such, but there's no option to flag in the low-quality review queue.


  • Looks OK: Nope!
  • Edit: Nope!
  • Close: Which requires a reason -- The "closest" close-reason would be "A community-specific reason" followed by a "Other - add comment". But again, that's not how spam would or should normally be handled.

With that in mind:

  • Are spam questions supposed to be the LQ review queue?
  • Doesn't this just put the spam post in front of more eyes?
  • What's the correct action when reviewing a clear-spam post in the low-quality review queue?

I feel like I'm failing this review-queue audit test :-/. Is it me, or is there a problem with this audit test?

  • Interestingly enough this particular poster has been posting the same type of spam since January 2022 with a total of 5 posts. Community Bot deleted each one fairly quickly. I have removed the user now, not sure how this slipped through the net...
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 23 at 0:22
  • @andrew.46 Thanks - So just for clarity, spam posts shouldn't get through to the low-quality review queue as audits, right? Nov 23 at 0:23
  • I just flag the question as "spam - Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation". The posts generally get deleted immediately. Nov 23 at 5:34
  • I think that downvoting the post also completes the review successfully. Nov 23 at 9:24
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    @C.S.Cameron Yes, that's what I do as well, but that's not an option when reviewing a post in the low-quality posts review queue, interestingly enough! Nov 23 at 11:25
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    @BeastOfCaerbannog And again, not in the low-quality posts review queue. In "First questions" and "First answers", for instance, yes, you can downvote, then click "Other action". That option isn't available in Low-Quality Posts RQ. Nov 23 at 11:26
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    Someone must have flagged it as low quality by mistake and that put it in the LQ queue.
    – terdon
    Nov 25 at 16:41
  • @terdon You're probably right on that -- Bad flag! Bad! ;-) Still, it seemed to me to be an audit-test, since I seem to recall that the question had already been closed. Are audit-test questions curated manually or automatically? I had always assumed there was some manual work involved in coming up with the "dummy test" questions ;-). Nov 25 at 16:45
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    Unfortunately, they are automatic which is why we often get very bad audits. I don't think we have audits for the VLQ queue, but I am not sure, maybe we do.
    – terdon
    Nov 25 at 17:08
  • @terdon Fair enough - And it's always possible that my assumption that it was an audit test was just due to the (now explained) presence of a clear-spam question in the queue. Nov 25 at 17:13


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