Patents is getting a bunch of Spam lately. Is there anyway we can get the moderator to delete them more rapidly? I and others are flagging as spam and downvoting.

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Ask Patents currently has no moderators. The Stack Exchange company was supposed to be moderating the site, but the staff member responsible for AP moderation, Robert Catarino, was unexpectedly fired in January.

Other sites in the Stack Exchange network are moderated by volunteers and host occasional moderator elections. That might be an option here if your community has members who would be willing to commit to a moderation role.

In order to get more moderators, you'll have to contact Stack Exchange staff and ask them either to appoint a new employee moderator or to start a moderator election. The best way to get in touch with them is probably to post a question on Meta Stack Exchange and flag it for [status-review].

In the meantime, there is a user group called Charcoal which is focused on identifying and deleting spam content across the network. If you come across a spam post that hasn't been deleted, feel free to post a link in our chat room. We'll gladly flag the post in order to help it reach the 6-flag threshold for deletion, and we can blacklist keywords/URLs/user accounts so that our automated spam-detection systems can identify it quicker next time.

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    I might be willing to provide moderation of Ask Patents since it is a pretty low volume SE site and most everybody is well behaved. Do you know how I would make SE aware of this?
    – Eric S
    Jul 28, 2020 at 15:26
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    I think the best thing to do is probably to start a discussion on Meta Stack Exchange explaining the siutation. It might also be worth hopping in the Tavern on the Meta chat room first to get a second opinion, since there are people there who would know better than me about what to do.
    – NobodyNada
    Jul 28, 2020 at 16:09

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