The user tianren cheng has posted spates of "questions" which purport to announce results (no question asked), and cite papers in http://vixra.org. Latest example I came across is this. I'm not qualified to review the cited work, but there is no question (and the posts were flagged as such), so I voted to close them. All the posts have the same general structure, announce some result, and link to a paper. It is starting to get annoying...

What should be done in such a case? I can understand a slipup or two, but this is more of a landslide.

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    $\begingroup$ It turns out that you were not the first to notice. But in general, the best thing you can do is flag for moderator attention. $\endgroup$
    – davidlowryduda Mod
    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:52
  • $\begingroup$ @mixedmath, I searched here for that case to add my comments, came up empty. So I should have looked at the account. Noted for future reference. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – vonbrand
    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ Should we be naming names in this instance? It seems that the current case has been dealt with, and the offense was not (IMO) sufficiently egregious to warrant any prolonged discussion. There does seem to be a general question (What should we do if a single user rapidly posts several non-questions?) that can — even should — be dealt with in a generic manner. (I guess I should notify @mixedmath as well.) $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Mar 27, 2013 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ Well that was a long list of delete votes... I hope that others will soon join me. On MO we simply flag these as spam and get it over with quicker. Alas, that is not the MSE way. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Mar 27, 2013 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ @JasperLoy, s*t, should have waited to be the last one to vote closure on that $%@#&... Oh, well. There will be others... $\endgroup$
    – vonbrand
    Mar 27, 2013 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ The same person was quite active on mathoverflow over the past week. $\endgroup$
    – Martin
    Mar 27, 2013 at 17:30


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