On the previous MO we had a thread on Tea called "crank post to flag as spam" in which crank posts were pointed out so people could flag them as spam and have them deleted.
Seeing how we are now using a new and improved system, where users can vote to delete posts (both in the review system and directly, if their score is low enough), do we want to continue with the previous approach?
There are arguments in favor of this:
- Crank mathematics is in fact the spam of mathematics, and often these posts contain links to viXra papers which make them actual spam.
- There are only 23 non-diamond users which can vote to delete answers at this time.
- Spam flags come with the penalty of 100 points of reputation (mostly unimportant because most cranks come as "fresh users", but in some cases they do manage to gain some points before their cranky posts).
There are arguments against this:
- The old system was ill-equipped when it comes to deleting posts, but this system is much better and improved.
- Spam is spam is spam. Crank posts against Cantorian set theory, or Cauchy's theorem are not spam.
- Spam flags do not appear to non-diamond users. Low-quality flags, on the other hand, send a post right into the review queue where anyone who can review can vote for its deletion. (This gives a vastly larger user basis for deletions, but requires people to check the review queues often.)