A recent question posted to the Philosophy site got flagged as spam. I wasn't immediately convinced that the user was a spammer, as they might have thought their question was tangentially related to philosophy and just not read the FAQ carefully enough.
But a quick glance at their network user profile provided I was wrong to have given them the initial benefit of the doubt. It turns out that they've posted the identical question to several of the SE 2.0 sites:
...and on the last two, it's even more clearly off topic than it is on Philosophy.
Is this our first cross-network spammer? I find that hard to believe, but I can't find any trails indicating how this might have been previously handled.
I'm not sure what the proper course of action is here. Should it be handled separately on each site? Should one of the moderators send them a private message and optimistically attempt to educate them on what they've done wrong? Do we just need to drop the network-wide ban hammer?