This user : https://tex.stackexchange.com/users/50311/user49929 has been adding spams to the website by questions and now to answers as well(How to compose poetry with LaTeX). Please do something about it. My feature-request for spam filter was also ignored. I would be happy to help with my knowledge of web technologies. Please do something about spam handling........
I don't think that we are in need of restrictive spam filters. Currently, spam is handled in the following ways:
- Every new post bumps the thread up, so it doesn't get overseen.
- Most spams trigger the low quality bot and get an auto-flag, making them appear instantly in the 10k-tools flag queue.
- After couple downvotes, post is locked and eventually deleted.
- Everyone can flag the post. Moreover, 10k users can vote to delete, and only 3 votes are needed.
That's a lot of tools for spam handling. Note that none of them need a moderator, they are purely automatic or community-driven. Of course, mods can zap spam instantly.
That all is not against the idea of restrictive spam filter. However the following form IMHO good reason against the idea:
Restrictive spam filters always catch non-spam, simply because a bot is a stupid bot (no matter how hard you try, the bot will be stupid).
Similarly, there'll always be spam (especially manually done instead of automatically) that will fall through, so you still need all the tools I mention at the beginning.
It's not really an issue: Once in a long while, it happens that spam accumulates, but it's rather rare, certainly on TeX.SX.