So far today, i have reported 5 different spam accounts/posts. this is insane.
When someone uses the "Report Post" icon (the one you're talking about), an email is sent to all the moderators. So we don't have to log on to see something flagged... we just have to read our emails. This speeds up the process considerably. While it's true that spam isn't deleted immediately, it's usually within a matter of hours. In the meantime, members have to exercise good judgment regarding "safe computing" and just ignore the post, and NOT click on any links contained therein.The option that has been effective for many forums is to have the membership flag SPAM postings and when a moderator happens to log-in, they then see the alert and take action.
On this forum, there is a small icon below on the left of every posting that is a gray octagon around a yellow diamond that has a black "!" in it. Members are to click that icon if they see a posting that is objectionable. That will bring up a form to fill in stating why the posting is objectionable. A Moderator will eventually see that notice and take appropriate action. Of course, that assumes the members know about that icon AND use it AND a moderator eventually logs in and sees the notice. The last part of that assumption can take a while to occur, so objectionable postings can remain long enough for many members to see it.
Don't feel too bad... I came close to doing a Reply asking what the subject line had to do with 'Live Steam'... And I get excited on some other forums when someone posts a message about a "Live StReam"... I guess I just gots "steam" on the brain!i clicked on one of the links accidentally thinking is said "live steam" when it said live stream.