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Some of you who regularly broswe the c++/c#/python (and a few other) tags will probably have run into this guy in the last few days. He's been spamming so with a fairly lengthy post mentioning amongst other things google, amazon and xdotool.

These are just a small sample of the posts this guy has made under several different accounts. It's now to the point where when my feed shows the new question pop-up I'm expecting another one of these instead of a legitimate question.

Which leads me to my question. Assuming this hasn't been tried already, considering he always uses roughly the same text, would it be at all feasible to implement a filter on new questions targeting specifically those containing a combination of the words "amazon", "google", "xdotool" ?

  • Or we could ignore him and wait for him to go away. In my experience, such trolls get bored after a day or two. – Lightness Races with Monica Aug 22 '13 at 16:04
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    No I don't think it's feasible. Something like that could easily catch false positives – ಠ_ಠ Aug 22 '13 at 16:06
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    @ಠ_ಠ your eyes of disapproval tell me everything I need to know. :) – Tony The Lion Aug 22 '13 at 16:07
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    Maybe it is not the trolling he's after - maybe he enjoys getting banned! Or maybe it's a 'she' ... with that said it could be a monkey. That's it! My 2 cents is that it is a pet monkey who tries to get her owner's account hell banned! – user202362 Aug 22 '13 at 16:07
  • @ಠ_ಠ The filter could require the mods to approve the question. I'm just asking if theres a way to keep them from reaching "the masses". – Borgleader Aug 22 '13 at 16:07
  • In addition to false positives, there are way too many ways to get around a literal string block. How many alternatives do we have to block to completely silence him? – psubsee2003 Aug 22 '13 at 16:07
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    He'll just change the text to get around the ban. Yesterday it was soemthing else besides xdotool; he was spamming a link to somedomain/sumar_is_gay – Robert Harvey Aug 22 '13 at 16:08
  • Here's the other relevant meta question about this guy: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/193867/… – chris Aug 22 '13 at 16:10
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    @RobertHarvey Your link is broken ;) – Andrew Barber Aug 22 '13 at 16:11
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    Other related questions: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/194027/who-handles-the-trolls , meta.stackexchange.com/questions/181760/when-enough-is-enough , meta.stackexchange.com/questions/180300/… . We've tried many approaches with this guy, some of which have slowed him down, but he always comes back. He changes what he posts regularly enough that no filter would be able to stop him for long. The developers are trying something else that sounds like it has the potential to work in the short term. – Brad Larson Aug 22 '13 at 17:51
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    Obviously, we should infect his machine with a virus and destroy his software. – DeadMG Aug 22 '13 at 18:04
  • @DeadMG I've started implementing the virus. – H2CO3 Aug 22 '13 at 18:23
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    @Borgleader I appreciate someone bringing this up. The guys name is Sumer Kolcak. He apparently is a Turkish immigrant to the US who lost a large amount of money in 2006 and suffered a psychotic break. No, I am not making any of this up. But yes, it would be very nice if we could figure out a way to permanently ban him that'd be great. – Eric Urban Aug 31 '13 at 1:41
  • @EricUrban, On behalf of the community, if it's ok, where did this information come from? I'm sure there would be many people interested in knowing. – chris Aug 31 '13 at 2:39
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    @chris If you just google, 'Sumer Kolcak' he has actually posted his identity cards online. His mad rantings are the common thread between everything. After the masive financial loss, he neglected to settle up with the IRS, which explains his current predicament and attitude towards the government. His original account stackoverflow.com/users/2434633/sumer-kolcak?tab=activity – Eric Urban Aug 31 '13 at 2:48

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