Super User got hit by another batch of spammers creating profiles. They've got accounts on other sites from what I've heard from other mods and from the comments here.
Last time it was streaming. Now it's insurance sales... with phone numbers (as of december, looks like they're spamming scammy finance too). I had 160+ pages of users from that search (though I've deleted a good chunk of them since it was posted, and on the aggregate we have none left) , and a quick look suggests most of them are spammers. Comments from this post indicates it's network wide - and a quick check indicates Stack Overflow has a handful of these too, though not as many as we have.
While the powers at be have been taking action, both directly, and indirectly, it feels like between shared IPs and search, mods might be able to take a good chunk of these out if we can somehow have a way to delete accounts somewhat in bulk. You guys are awesome. But these... People keep doing it still, and it would be nice to see their works undone.
Unlike our streaming spammers, they've switched to phone numbers, presumably because Adam so kindly blocked links.
There's a few good suggestions at mitigating these - but ideally - I've heard from fellow mods that we want them gone.
They add to the broken window effect - which we can't do anything about due to sheer volume, and they probably poison our search engine results.
We can probably reduce the risk of oops by filtering by IPs (clearing everything on an IP lets me whack, 10, or so users at once, rather than clicking through 3-4 pages a user) and optionally selectively not deleting accounts that seem legit, we can probably clear out a bunch of these without really needing CM intervention. It does make it a little too easy, but these incidents, well kinda need a flamethrower's gentle warmth.
I'm cool with a no. I'm probably going through the usual channels in future. Would be nice to have something that lets mods deal with this effectively though.
- Is spam in the “about me” field a reason to worry? - Actually goes into the impact of this
- Question on MSU by a user - so clearly these are discoverable to an average user
- apparently spotify got hit with something similar