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I know that Stack Overflow (and, for that matter, the entire Stack Exchange network) are tightly moderated by CAPTCHAs, admins, and users, but on a network this size it's hard to believe that spam should never get through.

Has spam ever gotten through, or made it to the homepage (even if only to be deleted soon afterwards)?

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Spammers try all the time, and get beaten down pretty quickly. Only questions are posted to the homepage, and that means they get more attention even than answers. Any such spam lasts microseconds before being closed and deleted. –  Martijn Pieters Nov 27 '12 at 14:25
    
There are so many eyes that spam doesn't survive long usually. Six spam flags and it's gone, or if a moderator is faster, one moderator suffices. –  Daniel Fischer Nov 27 '12 at 14:26
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I see a spam post every couple of weeks. It's usually gone before I can even flag them. –  asawyer Nov 27 '12 at 14:52

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The answer is probably "yes", but it's hard to say for certain.

Spam gets flagged and removed very quickly around here, and I bet at least some of those flags come from people seeing it on the front page.

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Front page, and review queues. –  Toon Krijthe Nov 27 '12 at 14:32
    
@GamecatisToonKrijthe Oh yeah, especially with the new /review implementation. –  Anna Lear Nov 27 '12 at 14:33
    
Yup, makes a great honeypot candidate. –  Toon Krijthe Nov 27 '12 at 14:34

SPAM...PLEASE DELETE ME LATER.

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Would it be helpful to flag this post? –  mikeTheLiar Nov 27 '12 at 14:36
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@mikeTheLiar, no this spam is kept here as an example for the rest. –  Toon Krijthe Nov 27 '12 at 14:38
    
We are, after all, trying to answer the question. WITH SCIENCE. –  Yi Jiang Nov 27 '12 at 14:39
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@TimYiJiang Look at me still commenting when there's science to do... –  mikeTheLiar Nov 27 '12 at 14:46

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