We have a lazy spammer sending a couple copies of the same essay (rockets are real) in per day. During this time some users comment, say not to do this, etc.
Having lived a lifetime on the internet, I can say that this attention is what the spammer wants. They want to argue, they want to call people names and be annoying. The point is not the stupid essay they know will be deleted in a day or so. The point is annoying us.
However, it also doesn't seem practical to go into the comments of each of these spam answers, @-mention each of the actual users who are engaging with the spammer so that they'll even notice, and ask them not to interact. It makes even less sense since that would be also notify the spammer, giving them attention and an opportunity to interact and be annoying.
What more can we do as a community / can I do as a user to discourage feeding the trolls? Isn't the optimum strategy to just downvote, flag, vote to delete, and move on?