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Re: [1]: I didn't know this and how to make sub-pages. WIll look immediately.

Re: IP blocking. I encountered this problem before, and since it's not clear that IP blocking does any good, I think it's better to just avoid blocking by IP. To do that, uncheck the second checkbox when blocking a spammer. ("Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent IP addresses they try to edit from") --Vladimir Nesov 20:25, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Gwern, please don't forget to disable autoblock when blocking spammers. I see MinibearRex and arundelo got blocked, and a few days ago I checked, and turned out my IP was blocked too! Autoblock doesn't seem to help with actual spam, but manages to cause inconvenience to the few users we have. --Vladimir Nesov 17:23, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
I dunno, spam seems to go down after an autoblock. --Gwern 17:55, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

(Also, I'm curious, why are you protecting the removed spam pages? There seems to be no actual utility to this action and it additionally clutters the log. Some shortcut tool/button that does it as part of a package?) --Vladimir Nesov 17:27, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

I have a theory that spammers recreate articles; I'll admit, it's not a good theory and I should probably stop it. --Gwern 17:55, 21 November 2011 (UTC)