Noting this question, and an apparent increase in 'spam' here on EL&U, I'd just like to know whether there's a standard response expected from community members and TPTB.
Specifically, is it desirable that I flag the post for moderator attention on the grounds that the user is obviously a spammer? Will a moderator then delete both the user and the post? How do I know not to waste time flagging it if someone else has already done this?
And what if the spammer simply creates a new account for each spam posting? Can/will TPTB block the relevant IP address from access to EL&U? Supposing some visitor childishly does that on my home computer while I'm not looking? Would I then find myself locked out here?