We can't even discuss ways to challenge their behaviour.
Polite explanation of the rules doesn't work - why would it, they skipped past them the first time around.
Harassment and mockery doesn't work. Trust me, the original title was a lot better :D
The only truly surprising thing about that thread was the muppet came back for another go at trying the same thing.
Mostly they just vanish without a trace if the first reply isn't spoon-fodder.
Maybe we should just ignore them. I wonder if an entrance page full of "homework" posts with 0 replies and 5 days old would help. Such people might just dwell on the two figures long enough to consider their chances better elsewhere.
I suppose spamming the mods with more "report posts" might do for a while. Though between
- the untagged code, even when the students even bother to show effort,
- the lame-asses who can't be bothered to make an effort,
- waves of drive-by spammers of one sort or another
It could be a busy time for them.
It might be a lot easier if we had a "report good post" button ;)
Anything which doesn't get a vote within 24 hours just gets deleted. It would make life a hell of a lot simpler, and would be an easy 1-liner SQL script to clean away all the unworthy detritus (at midnight in a time zone of your choice).