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Recently there are a lot of Spam posts on Meta.

  • Why is Meta so "attractive"?
  • What can we do to reduce Spam in the future?
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Do what we already do? Seems efficient enough. –  Bart Aug 20 '12 at 8:18
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Why is Meta so "attractive"? Meta is where all the cool kids are... –  Yannis Aug 20 '12 at 8:19
    
@Bart: There are these sunglasses spam posts. They come all the time. Don't these IPs or accounts get suspended? –  juergen d Aug 20 '12 at 8:23
    
I believe one of the problems is that spam nuked by flags no longer is visible to mods. So those accounts can stay around for a while and post again. –  Bart Aug 20 '12 at 8:29
    
@Bart: Eventually they'd get question banned without actually needing moderator intervention. The spambots rarely ever post as answers (I've personally only seen a couple cases of that). –  animuson Aug 20 '12 at 8:31
    
I think the spam rate is constant and was always high. –  Shadow Wizard Aug 20 '12 at 8:35
    
@animuson Oh sure. They just get (and use) a couple of tries, where their account could have been nuked after the first one. But all in all it's not such a big deal I think. –  Bart Aug 20 '12 at 8:41
    
Is it really that much? –  Time Traveling Bobby Aug 20 '12 at 8:47
    
@Bart: Even if the accounts get nuked, nothing hinders them to simply create a new one. –  Time Traveling Bobby Aug 20 '12 at 8:48
    
@WaffelizedBobby As we have seen with the guy today. His name was surprisingly similar to an earlier nuked account if I remember well. As I already indicated in my first comment, I don't see this as a big problem. –  Bart Aug 20 '12 at 8:50
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@WaffelizedBobby - and that's why we need a deposit (or equivalent name) user on Meta.SO. That way, more information would be kept. But in general, it's not as much spam on meta. Especially that it is completely out of topic, so it kinda stands out. –  Gnoupi Aug 20 '12 at 9:00
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Qualitatively, I see much less spam hitting Meta than on Stack Overflow, but I think it's more noticeable here due to the far lower volume of questions and answers. It usually gets taken care of within minutes in both places, though, so the current system seems to work. –  Brad Larson Aug 20 '12 at 14:36

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Its not the meta site who only has spammers. They are on every site.

To stop the spammer each site has a link called "flag" with each question,answer and comments. You only need to click on the flag and select the spam option. Flag privilege require only 15 reputation.

Update from sha wiz dow ard's comment : 6 spam flags will automatically delete the post and take 100 reputation away from the post author.

Note : flags are taken very seriously on each site.

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Note that 6 spam flags will automatically delete the post and take 100 reputation away from the post author - very useful. –  Shadow Wizard Aug 20 '12 at 8:34
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Taking away 100 rep from a new account doesn't hurt that much. –  juergen d Aug 20 '12 at 8:45
    
I have a hard time taking this answer seriously. The asker is not some newbie who doesn't know what flags are, and "what can I do when I see an individual instance of spam" is clearly not what he's asking. –  Pops Aug 22 '12 at 20:26

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