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As much fun as it would be to burn a few points downvoting spammers like Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer, Atlanta Data Center, and Refrigerators on the Bulletin board software with voting capability for each post thread, seems like it'd be just as productive to have the option to flag a user profile as obvious spam (whether or not the profile is associated with new posts).

Running a few popular vBulletin forums, I've seen spammers register just to have a profile with a link back to their site in it (many never bothered posting) so it would only make sense to add a Flag Profile option.

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Closed per re-post at StackOverflow Meta (apparently the accepted solution is to contact a mod or post on meta).

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I think we should definitely have this. Having mechanisms in place to keep spammers out is vital to maintaining the quality of a site, and especially an online community.

There also needs to be a quicker/more effective spam response system in place. I've flagged some obvious spam posts by different dummy accounts, and 8 hours later the posts are still there.

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    In the case of the linked post RE: Bulletin board software, the "Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer" spam has been up for more than two months... – danlefree Oct 29 '10 at 16:48
  • Reporting a profile won't get action done any faster as it would be using the same notification system as reporting answers. – John Conde Nov 3 '10 at 15:45

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