A few minutes ago, an answer appeared to one of my questions, blatantly not an answer, but somehow it wasn't detected and filtered by SE itself. Also, the user has been posting this on other questions too. Is this a bug in the spam filters or not meant to be detected?

Screenshot, since it would probably be deleted soon enter image description here

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    You confuse between spam and random trolling. Those are totally different things, with totally different impact. Jun 26, 2017 at 7:56
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    @gnat, you got me!
    – pulsejet
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:00
  • Link please, so we can analyze it?
    – tripleee
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:00
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    @tripleee here you go. Jun 26, 2017 at 8:01
  • @ShadowWizard There is an email address in there, so it could be spam, or can't it? Jun 26, 2017 at 8:45
  • @Patrick still not spam, as he didn't write anything, plus the email (like the whole post) is nonsense, as it doesn't exist. (no such site as onmicroosoft.com, I can also post "email" like [email protected]) Jun 26, 2017 at 8:47
  • Yes, there is. It is an Office 365 domain. @Sha (Oh, and there is a typo in the address, but without the typo there is). Jun 26, 2017 at 8:48
  • @Patrick i.sstatic.net/BkmV9.png Jun 26, 2017 at 8:49
  • @Sha whois.com/whois/onmicrosoft.com Jun 26, 2017 at 8:50
  • @Patrick different domain. Each letter count. There is also no stackexchangee.com for example. Anyway, doubt Microsoft needs to spam.... they are not that desperate. (yet ;)) Jun 26, 2017 at 8:58
  • As said: I guess that is a typo. @sha Jun 26, 2017 at 9:00

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That doesn't seem to be spam to me, and definitely it doesn't have enough of anything to be detected as spam.

Although we don't know the exact way spam is detected, very obvious spam still gets to the site and is detected by one of the tools built by community members, like SmokeDetector. That image doesn't have any text to match against, and the picture isn't spam either.

I would flag this post as very low quality or abusive.

  • Hmmm, but wouldn't it be wise to autodetect answers without any legible words?
    – pulsejet
    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:54
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    It will definitely end up in the VLQ review queue, but auto-delete it as spam? No. Jun 26, 2017 at 7:54
  • Okay then, just confused how this is supposed to work :)
    – pulsejet
    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:55
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    SPAM = unsolicited advertisement, where do you see any advertisement in the answer? Jun 26, 2017 at 7:55
  • Ah, I get it. Perhaps what I meant was we need a troll detecter, which apparently already exists
    – pulsejet
    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:58
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    Yes, but undisclosed on its working. Jun 26, 2017 at 7:59

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