On July 22, 2017 a new user posted short, not very helpful, late answers to approximately 14 questions. It took place between 22:54 utc and 23:59 utc.
I first noticed the pattern because they all appeared on the active page. Also, I was the author of some of the posts, so I was notified in my inbox that there had been activity on those posts.
They began appearing in the review queues, mostly “late answer” and “very low quality.” By then I had figured out what happened, but didn't know what to do. The posts I read weren't vulgar or destructive, and some even looked like a genuine attempt at answering, which actually made it more confusing.
I was considering the following options:
- Flag one post immediately with a note to the moderators asking them to review all of the posts.
- Ping a moderator from the chat room
- Choose the “recommend deletion” option for those in the very low quality queue
- Downvote where I thought appropriate, and take no other action
- Try to help the OP improve the answers or teach them how the site works. I noticed one of our very kind experienced users was doing that.
- Leave them all alone and if they hadn't been handled by a mod or other community members by the morning, flag for a moderator
The only action I took was voting to delete two of them.
When I returned to the site about ten hours later, all the posts and the user had been deleted.
In general, what would be the correct course of action in a situation like this?
In this particular case, what was the process that took place between the postings and deletions? I'd like to know the steps that were taken, so I can learn. Most of the deletions are credited to Community. What does that mean?