Yes, Keith, you have been vigilant and your funny, clever comments serve as entertainment. I've enjoyed supporting you and throwing in a comment myself now & then. However, as we both know, this is so annoying and frustrating as the stupidity of nearly all this spam adds ZERO to our site. In fact, I always wonder what the general public may think when they come across some of this garbage.
Dean ~ I do know that advice from HP is to completely ignore trolls and never interact with them despite the temptation to do so. They claim this encourages them which I guess, in a way, it does. Trolls will often decide to take their nonsense to the comment section of our hubs and that's when I really become angry as all hell. We're strongly advised to immediately & repeatedly delete any & all comments they make until they realize they are not welcome and their garbage is not wanted.
I DO delete them and as a result, they have stopped attempting to comment on my site. There are far too many writers here who do not delete trolls and their spam or their outrageous insults & ignorance.
I don't know why they will allow the trash to collect on their sites, but perhaps they enjoy the fact that the trolls are merely exposing their nonsense. That's not a good idea.
The best route is to follow the advice of HP and ignore, Report/Flag and then delete.
C.L.Grant~ many are automated but even more have been placed by humans....the really stupid, nonsensical questions (some do not even ASK a question, just post words!) are placed by many people who cannot even speak English or form a sentence and ask idiotic things like : "What about my brother's hair?" LOL LOL! I mean, it gets bizarre! All U need to do is go to Q&A, click on "Latest" and read as you scroll! You will be stunned!