Recently I observe that obvious spam often gets far more down votes than spam flags would be needed for community deleting and locking:

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Should we in case of an obvious spam post leave a comment so that users who don't know about the power of spam-flags will not downvote (this will remove the post from the front page and makes it harder to spot) but spam-flag appropriately to get the spam deleted more quickly?

Here is the relevant MSO link on spam flags:

  • I saw this spam on Skeptics.SE, but the user who posted it didn't have any accounts on other Stack Exchanges ... or so I thought. Mar 4, 2013 at 23:16
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    @AndrewGrimm Users often create separate accounts, sometimes even with the same display name. Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48
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    Do not downvote spam questions! Flag as spam and nothing else. If you downvote spam questions, they drop off the front page once they reach a score of -4, which reduces the chance that they'll quickly get the 6 spam votes needed to delete them. Mar 23, 2013 at 13:29
  • @Gilles: ty - good point. I edited the Q.
    – Takkat
    Mar 23, 2013 at 13:43

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I've never thought about that but yes - it would be wonderful if you did!

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