I recently discovered something, instead of flagging something as spam and then putting a link into the site chat, you can ask the users in the Charcoal HQ room to report it.

On the two I have done so far, it has made the difference between spam being deleted in under 15 minutes instead of hours.

The Chat room is here, this should help it get deleted a lot faster.


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Charcoal member here. Some clarification:

  • Manually reporting spam to us is awesome; obviously, cast a spam flag yourself as well to make it happen even quicker.
  • Bear in mind that Charcoal focuses on spam - please don't report NAAs or close-worthy questions to us, there's nothing we can do about them.
  • Spam flags from Charcoal mostly come from manually flagging the post. We do have an automatic flagging system that casts up to 4 (of the required 6) flags, but this will only trigger if the post hits our existing checks (i.e. not on manual reports).

A final note: reporting to Charcoal is useful in helping us maintain our checks and remove spam quickly, but don't let it become your primary method of spam removal - if Charcoal folds tomorrow, we don't want to leave y'all not knowing where the spam flag is!

  • That makes sense we have been flagging and then asking in our site chat but it’s way faster to ask on Charcoal May 26, 2018 at 16:30
  • maintain our checks and removing dogs quickly - poor Undo. Always being taken out and not let back in.
    – Mithical
    May 26, 2018 at 19:19
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    While spam is the main focus, Charcoal also flags obvious rude/abusive posts.
    – Andrew T.
    May 31, 2018 at 3:17

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