Today I saw this question in the front page of Meta:

StackOverflow has become useless for me : |

Some user seemed to have edited it 6 hours ago, as the question footer said in the front page: "discussion 6h ago user221135 1". But in the question history I saw no such activity. Nothing seemed to have happened in that question since long ago.

What had actually happened was that the user, who didn't have edit rights, spammed an old answer of mine. His suggested edit got rejected as spam by two other users. In the end, nothing changed.

So a spam suggested edit made a question bump to the front page. I see this as an incorrect behaviour.


It was not bumped due to rejected suggested edit. But actually that user added a spam answer which was deleted by community.

First he added an answer at 2013-05-03 00:55:20Z which was deleted at 2013-05-03 01:43:57Z. Meanwhile he suggested spam edit at 2013-05-03 01:19:51Z

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    Ah! That user had also made a spam suggested edit to my answer, and that confused me since I don't have the ability to see deleted answers. – Daniel Daranas May 3 '13 at 7:56
  • Waitaminute, Community is entirely automated, isn't it? Any idea how that answer triggered an auto-deletion? Are we not allowed to use the words "idiotic" and "stupid" in the same post? – Kyle Strand May 3 '13 at 9:03
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    @KyleStrand - I guess users flagged it as it is not welcome in our community i.e. offensive. – Himanshu Jansari May 3 '13 at 9:07
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    @hims056 Ah, didn't realize that could trigger an auto-delete; I thought it required a mod. Thanks. – Kyle Strand May 3 '13 at 9:09
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    @KyleStrand You need to have more than X flags for it to be auto-deleted. The existence of certain words/phrases can make X smaller, but even without any of those keywords enough flags will auto-delete. – Servy May 3 '13 at 18:36
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    @KyleStrand 6 spam or offensive flags cause Community to delete things. – ɥʇǝS May 3 '13 at 18:36

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