Hey all! There’s a lot of spam in the old comments here.
Thankfully, Discourse makes it possible for us to clean it up, even when @codinghorror is asleep!
Follow these steps to help out:
Achieve Trust Level 1
All you need for this is to spend a little bit of time reading. Click the logo in the upper left, pick a topic from the past, and Read The Comments!
You’ll know that you’re done when you stop seeing the Top page as your homepage. You can still get back there by clicking in the navigation bar.
Search for the spam posts
I’ve found that the most effective search term so far is
a href. Ignore the thread “URL Shortening: Hashes in practice”, because that turns up one person that posted a lot of URLs as code.
Click Flag, Spam on the spam
As soon as 3 people do this, it gets hidden and is added to the admin’s flag queue for them to delete for good.