Low volume sites have relatively static main pages. Consider this scenario:

  • A user with a name that describes their services (Everest Tour Guides for example) answers a question with a subject line like How Do I Find a Tour Guide to Everest Base Camp?
  • the answer has a link in it and not enough disclaimers, and isn't very useful. It's flagged, or a moderator comes across it
  • the answer is deleted, but the account is not

Result: the last activity on the main page still shows the user's name, and is a working link to their profile. Go to Travel today to see it in action.

snippet from Travel main page

I don't think I like this. Could the "last activity" somehow show the last activity that stuck? Or list the moderator who deleted the answer as the author of the last activity?

  • Note that the answer-ban might handle such cases. – Mysticial Feb 7 '13 at 18:21
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    in that eventually they can't answer any more. But their old "last activity" droppings stick even after answers are deleted. On low volume sites the answer ban will take a while. – Kate Gregory Feb 7 '13 at 18:22
  • You could look to edit the question at that point - change the tags, correct the grammar etc - which would then update the last action to be yours instead. Only do that if there a valid edit to make though. – JonW Feb 7 '13 at 19:33

The correct thing here is to just delete this user, who was obviously only created for spamming. I just did this, and now the Community user shows up as the user who "last modified".

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    Is automatically destroying 1-rep spammers something that SE would consider? We mods can obviously just nuke the account (and I usually do that), but that doesn't work in cases where the community is able to cast enough spam flags. – Mad Scientist Feb 7 '13 at 19:48
  • My first reaction was "but what if the user isn't sufficiently awful that the account should be deleted?" but then I realized in that case I wouldn't be bothered that that link was on the main page. – Kate Gregory Feb 7 '13 at 21:18

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