TPU is a big and popular community. Where there are 1000s of users from all over the world, 100s active at any given time, there's always an open invitation for spammers to spread spam here. While we are adequately equipped with moderators spread across different time-zones, have a "one-click" method of destroying spam and deleting spam accounts, a good deal of this work relies on users reporting suspicious posts. Reporting posts is a guaranteed way of alerting the staff of something going wrong, spam being one of them. There have been several instances where users instead of reporting suspicious posts, quoted, and replied to spam. This is not what you should be doing. While any moderator can delete spam from anywhere in the forums, not all moderators can delete posts from users everywhere. Hence even while the spam is gone, the contents of the spam post(s) are probably quoted by a user a moderator cannot edit/delete. Here is a small guidance: Identifying Spam: Here's what a typical spam post should look like: 1. A username that makes perfect spam sense, sometimes the username has a random number or special characters 2. Signature space has suspicious links 3. The obvious links in the post's body Sometimes the spammer starts off with something seemingly useless, with the post body saying nothing more than "very useful post, thanks a lot!" and the signature having a/some suspicious link(s), even this qualifies as spam. Reacting to Spam: Do not quote or reply to the spam in any way. It makes things difficult to clean up threads. Report the post. Click on the button for the spam post, just type in "spam" in the text box, and submit the report. Any active moderator will follow up with the report and delete the spam. Again, reporting posts is the best way of alerting the entire mod staff of something wrong, you would rather not send PMs or visitor messages to specific moderators, when you have the easier way of doing it.