I just destroyed a spam user, and noticed that one of their posts, which is to this question:

Require anonymous user to register to add content-type

Is the seventh spam answer to be deleted. I looked at the question and noticed it wasn't automatically protected by Community♦ already, so I've gone ahead to protect it myself.

Why wasn't this question automatically protected? According to this feature request, a question is auto-protected after three answers from new users are deleted. Did the accounts responsible for the other spam answers somehow escape the low-rep threshold?

  • It looks like only two of those answers were deleted as spam and the rest were simply deleted as normal. Dunno if that's relevant.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:03
  • Judging by the content of those posts, the users were probably destroyed from their profile pages. Nov 30, 2011 at 4:04
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    Does anyone else think the spam posts are ironic, given the question's title? Maybe someone is trying to make a point. :) Nov 30, 2011 at 4:06
  • @BrockAdams I was just scratching my head wondering why that was attracting so much of the absolute worst kind of spam. :) Nov 30, 2011 at 4:07
  • What are the dates of spam deletion?
    – random
    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:10
  • @random: All in the last three months. Nov 30, 2011 at 4:11
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    So it's possible the other spam deleted were before the auto-protect was in place, leaving you with a fresh slate of needing three deleted to trigger it from whenever the commit was pushed
    – random
    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:12
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    What's the deal with all the spam answers on that post? Do people who are interested in Drupal anonymous user registration also have a natural affinity for designer hand bags?
    – user102937
    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:17
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    @RobertHarvey Anyone advertising handbags on Stack Overflow obviously has their finger firmly on the pulse of the community. It is what we crave. Nov 30, 2011 at 4:20
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    Lizard bags. :D
    – user102937
    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:27
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    – tombull89
    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:16
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    Yep, that's one of mine. My [feature-requests] are all made of pure awesome and win.
    – user1228
    Nov 30, 2011 at 15:00
  • @Wont status-confirmed
    – cat
    May 11, 2016 at 10:37

2 Answers 2


Sorry this fell off our radar for so long...

But as part of our spam-fighting initiative that's been ramping up for the past few months, this is now implemented. Spam deletions now count towards the threshold at which a post is auto-protected.


For this particular case it appears the owners from the deleted questions were all destroyed - no OwnerUserId = no way to check reputation thresholds. We will look at adding another threshold around protecting posts with many destroyed users as this could also be a sign of a spam storm / abuse.

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    Based on this and this – is there a possibility to add such a check?
    – slhck
    Aug 7, 2012 at 10:50
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    Is this [status-planned] yet? The behavior is the same as of Feb 2013 - destroyed users don't count toward auto-protection. Feb 12, 2013 at 9:37

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