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I am very confused about the spamming on Stack Overflow in general.

Why? do users spam

What? does it even do for them besides create a bit of attention

Also what are we doing about this?

Also I've noticed trolling on Stack Overflow were users ask questions that seem legitimate but aren't I'm really just confused about why all this goes on and are we stopping it or anything!

marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Arjan, Aziz Shaikh, hims056, Cody Gray Aug 19 '13 at 9:52

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  • "does it even do for them besides create a bit of attention" If you target several thousands (or even ten-thousand...or if you're lucky millions) of people with spam, and 1% sticks, that's a lot of attention for close to zero work. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 19 '13 at 9:17
  • ok but its pointless they aren't advertising anything just being annoying – Serial Aug 19 '13 at 9:18
  • Some spam attempts to advertise services. However some spam is just confusing jumbles of words - I never understand the purpose of the latter. Maybe just people testing out spam bots? – Duncan Jones Aug 19 '13 at 9:19
  • @DuncanJones: Testing of a bot, f.e.. I mean if we're talking about large scale attacks. A single post here and there is a human gone wrong. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 19 '13 at 9:20
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    Why? abuse `code` for formatting? – Arjan Aug 19 '13 at 9:20
  • Maybe you should clarify what you mean with "spam", because as it seems, we're talking about two different things. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 19 '13 at 9:21
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    @ChristianCareaga: There's only one user who asks often legitimate questions (usually tagged [wsgi] or about Centos/Gnome) and then starts rambling about crap. Just downvote the question and flag it as spam. Do not comment or edit the question in any way – Blender Aug 19 '13 at 9:22
  • I don't think "why do users spam?" is an appropriate question to be asked/answered on Meta Stack Overflow. "What are we doing about this?" is totally fine, but already answered by the proposed duplicates. – Cody Gray Aug 19 '13 at 9:53
  • Not sure if troll... – Won't Aug 19 '13 at 14:40