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Either someone is creating a bunch of accounts and asking very similar questions, or a bunch of people from the same math class all decided to use SO to do their homework. A search for mcnuggets is a good example; can a moderator check to make sure this isn't the same person over and over again?


This guy is out of control. In the last ten minutes, this and this. Maybe he should be banned?

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He's at it again... I can't imagine that that many different people in one class would have exactly the same idea to post pretty much the exact same question (unless it's a "how to abuse SO" class). It seems like one person to me, just repeatedly creating accounts to get around any bans that may be in place. –  David Z Jun 17 '10 at 3:14

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OK, I deleted all these duplicates. How convenient for us they all used unique words; "Diophantine" is also good.


I guess we can thank their teacher for that courtesy!

Edit: wow, this is a much more serious problem than I realized. I count DOZENS (literally, dozens!) of accounts spamming us with the same bad python assignment questions. Two IP ranges, both map to Universities in India.

Laying down wide IP bans:

# incredibly abusive indian university homework, dozens of accounts
# spamming the same gratuituous homework questions

(specifically and

Also destroying many, many accounts.

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My lecturers have recommended me to tell my friends about Stack Overflow... I'm having second thoughts after what just happened. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 16 '10 at 6:31
He's still at it (I edited the question to include a couple new links). EDIT: Oh, that was fast :) –  Michael Mrozek Jun 16 '10 at 6:49
@Bolt - so you prefer having lots of questions/answers about the same problem (duplicates) instead of having only one thread to look for? Duplicates are noisy and confusing, why should they not be closed? –  Carlos Heuberger Jun 16 '10 at 6:51
@Carlos I think he means he doesn't trust classmates not to abuse it like this if he tells them about it -- he was one of the people telling the spammer to knock it off –  Michael Mrozek Jun 16 '10 at 6:52
@Bolt, @Michael - ups, sorry, i got it the other way. –  Carlos Heuberger Jun 18 '10 at 8:47

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