Linked Questions

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Can a machine be taught to flag spam automatically?

TL;DR: We did it, so... yes. What is this? Charcoal is the organization behind the SmokeDetector bot and other nice things. This bot scans new posts across the entire network for spam posts and ...
267
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2answers
27k views

What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?

When flagging, there are two special case options: spam and rude or abusive. What is spam, and when should I flag content as such? What is considered offensive, rude or abusive content? How does the ...
124
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3answers
3k views

Recent Mass Football Spam

Is something wrong with StackOverflow's spam filter? Recently there have been huge numbers of spam topics related to football streaming. They have all been spam flagged and deleted but there are more ...
125
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3answers
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Should spam posts be edited?

I noticed that the posts of the recent spam surge on Ask Ubuntu were all edited by community members into something like EDITED - REMOVED SPAM ANSWER or similar. While I understand why the users ...
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3answers
158 views

Why shouldn't I upvote spam?

According to Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged?, spam shouldn't be downvoted. But what about a completely opposite action, that is, upvoting it. This has the advantage ...
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3answers
273 views

Disallow premature down-voting [duplicate]

Recently I've witnessed some very trigger-happy down-voting on answers that had only just been posted and were still in the process of being edited. In one case I had just posted an answer with a ...
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4answers
237 views

Casting a spam flag shouldn't auto-downvote a question

The best thing to do with pure spam questions ('CHEAP NIKES' etc) it to get rid of them as fast as possible. This can be done by the community casting 6 spam flags against the post. However, each ...
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1answer
101 views

I issued my first flag and got a deduction for it [duplicate]

As my title says, it was the first time I had issued a flag. There was this answer to one of my questions that clearly was spam. It was a clear advertising of a website/application and in no way ...
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2answers
141 views

This Downvote button tooltip is not useful

Currently, the downvote button's tooltip says This answer is not useful That's how it looks like: Consider a question with 5 answers, of which only one happened to be useful for me. Obeying the ...
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0answers
119 views

Should the spam handling guidance be consolidated into a single post?

As a regular SPAM flagger based on the reports of the Smoke Detector I run now and then into posts that not only receive spam flags but also close votes, an edit or comments and I imagine NAA/VLQ ...
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0answers
130 views

Review Audit with no option to flag, downvote or comment

I came across a late answer review for a Community Wiki post. It was (to me) obvious it was an audit. However, I did not have any options to do anything about the post. My options were to Skip, or to ...
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0answers
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Votes and downvotes don't line up [duplicate]

We just got a spammy post (here) and I'm confused by the view / vote counter: This was after a refresh - I saw it, though what!?, refreshed and it stayed... I this due to the weird behaviour of the ...