Earlier today I found two spam messages and of course flagged them. I know there are couple of mechanisms on SE that will take care of eventual removal of the posts. But until these mechanisms kick in, the spammer has visibility to users and search engines. Spamvertised links are being clicked and indexed which in turn brings them visitors.
I'm in doubt here. I defused both messages by removing the hyperlink from them so nobody can accidentally click on them, without hiding to anyone what is going on and why the message got such low rep.
But is defusing considered good practise? Should I leave hyperlinks to bad websites in posts? Or should I even take it a step further and not only remove links, but entirely change the post into a short explanation that is contained spam? The latter option makes me feel uncomfortable, because it I'm actually hiding things from others and maybe even make them curious and check historic revisions.
What is the SE way? What are your opinions?