I’ve noticed troublesome amounts of what seem to be spam answers to some of the questions I go to answer, although they all appear to come from different users (meaning either someone has a handy dandy botnet, Y!A’s letting many accounts come from the same addresses, or — most implausibly — someone is actually posting these answers of their own volition). They all seem to follow the same format of a few keywords or a key phrase followed by a link (usually to a Blogspot blog), and nothing else, and the users have no avatars. I mostly tend to answer questions in the Computers & Internet section, so I’m not sure if the problem extends to other sections as well.
I guess my question is: Should I start reporting these answers as I find them (i.e. will it actually help Y!A staff weed out the spammers)? Will firing off reports willy-nilly (as there seem to be quite a few to report) damage my “trust rating”?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsYhm.aWLJVKShLAs1QtB5do7hR.;_ylv=3?qid=20080812092249AATvoUU (Bfxfgb B’s answer)
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjhMQIQAGrPAGWkalhnmGF9o7hR.;_ylv=3?qid=20080812084537AAjupol (Jone S’ answer)
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsSDDemp_uV97GFAYQVbS.Zo7hR.;_ylv=3?qid=20080812083217AAPN4me (oddly enough, a different “jone s”)
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvmajvET.vjHD50U2qIOUQdo7hR.;_ylv=3?qid=20080812083158AAs91WA (jgj f, jone s, and probably Corene B)