Sometimes a spammer comes in and posts identical spam answers on random posts.

Maybe we should block this automatically?

  • Your first request has merit, but I think that the second would result in a large number of false positives. Oct 24, 2011 at 23:54
  • I completely agree.
    – user146787
    Oct 24, 2011 at 23:55
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    Rather than not allowing it in the first place, I'd support automatic flagging of such a user for review. That way it would be easier to identify such spammers for review and possible removal. Oct 24, 2011 at 23:59
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    @JeffMercado - There is already an automatic flag raised by community alerting identical on posts
    – Flexo
    Oct 25, 2011 at 0:06
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    How many per-user duplicate answers are there that are legitimate?
    – user7116
    Oct 25, 2011 at 0:06
  • @awoodland: I figured there was some threshold before that auto flag gets raised, relatively low for new users and relatively high for more established users. I actually see it much more often for the established ones than I do for the new ones. The truly malicious tends to mix it up a bit. Oct 25, 2011 at 0:12
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    @Joel I don't see why this is tagged [status-nonrepro] - you can't reproduce that it is possible to post identical answers? [status-declined] I would understand (as "is not necessary"). Oct 25, 2011 at 0:50
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    "no repro" means that the problem that the OP complained about is not, in fact, a problem. Not because we fixed it (which would be status-completed) but because it was never a problem. Yes, it is possible to post identical answers, but the OP did not request for this to be impossible. They thought this should generate automatic blocking. Which it does. Oct 25, 2011 at 1:41

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They are already flagged and shown to moderators.


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