https://physics.stackexchange.com/users/8664/lower-back-pain <-- Example spam profile.

  • The problem is that sometimes there's nothing to flag. This one on SO for example has bothered me for a while. – Bart Apr 13 '12 at 20:47
  • If they haven't posted any spam content, what's it hurting? They can use any user name they want. – Cody Gray Apr 13 '12 at 20:47
  • @TheEstablishment: They did post spam content. I flagged it and mods already took care of it. – Billy ONeal Apr 13 '12 at 20:48
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    @TheEstablishment But allowing their accounts to remain (even after removing the spam in question) still allows their spammy website links to remain as well. It's not a very significant issue though. – Bart Apr 13 '12 at 20:49
  • You could mention it in your flag on the post, and we'll consider it, or you could post to meta. I don't know if there is a policy or not... – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Apr 13 '12 at 20:50
  • @lunboks: Not the same thing. That question is asking to flag people for content violations which are not on the user page. This is asking to flag user pages for things which occur on their specific page. – Billy ONeal Apr 13 '12 at 20:50
  • @Bart: How does it allow "their spammy website links to remain as well"? There are no links if the posts are deleted. – Cody Gray Apr 13 '12 at 20:50
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    @TheEstablishment: The user still shows up in user lists. You still see any spammy links on their profile page proper. – Billy ONeal Apr 13 '12 at 20:51
  • @TheEstablishment go to the profile I link to. The user's website still links to the same spam content. Like I said, not a hugely important issue (particularly since it's not very visible) but it annoys me. Granted, I'm easily annoyed. ;) – Bart Apr 13 '12 at 20:51
  • They can't have links in their profile. They don't have the rep for that, and flagging their posts as spam ensures that it stays that way. Besides, they're allowed to put whatever they want as their "website". I could change mine to getlowerbackpainreliefnow.com if I wanted to and there's nothing you could do about it! – Cody Gray Apr 13 '12 at 20:52
  • Those "links" are not actually linked though. It's just text. – animuson Apr 13 '12 at 20:52
  • @BillyONeal The particular profile that you've linked has 10 views, and that after you posted here. Is it really a problem (aside from offending my super-sensitive-spidy-internet-rudeness-sense, of course)? – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Apr 13 '12 at 20:52
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    @dmckee: Huge problem? No. But problem that would be nice to be able to tell moderators about? Yes. – Billy ONeal Apr 13 '12 at 20:54
  • Trust: when moderators see a bunch of flags showing up on one user's work (and they can and do see this), they'll tend to deal with the source of the problem. Note that new users don't get working links in their profiles for this very reason. – Shog9 Apr 13 '12 at 20:59
  • @Shog9: I'm not talking about anything to do with the user's work. That's the thing. – Billy ONeal Apr 13 '12 at 21:00

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