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How can us Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow users help with the current Chinese SPAM attack? [duplicate]

We love our Stack Exchange and don't like to see it under attack like this. Many of us are programmers and many of us know stuff about languages, including Chinese. There's probably a good few who ...
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Time for some more swag! [closed]

UPDATE: I just sent out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting these watches — be on the lookout for those, and try to fill it in the next two weeks! :) On occasion of our ...
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A machine can flag spam automatically. Can it do better?

Since this has been posted, we've done a few things: We now cast four flags on posts that pass an accuracy threshold (current 99.9% historical confidence) SmokeDetector now casts the first ...
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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 ...
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Would anyone care for some processed meat-like substance with a gelatinous glaze?

Something sort of magic happened a short time ago, sometimes a graph is worth a thousand flags: That's right, around March 28, the spam protection layer blocked about 20,000 spam attempts, mostly in ...
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How do we stop users from using the “spam” flag when there is no “promotion of a product or service”?

"Spam" is defined right there in the flag popup as "Exists only to promote a product or service": but most of the spam flags I process have no advertising, promotion etc. They are just VLQ, NAA, ...
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Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged?

One of the responses to the question about the mass of football spam said: The proper course of action is to flag the post as spam. Three spam flags will remove it from the front page, six will ...
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Experiment: Review-needed indicator logic for sites that sometimes have empty queues

One of the more common bits of feedback when we changed the review queue indicator was that some sites would prefer to have an indication when there are any outstanding reviews available. So we are ...
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Drop “noisy” comment flags from the moderator queue unless an answer has 5 or more comments

The problem There are a huge number of noisy comments, and they generate a huge number of flags. But, a large number of flags are raised on comments where they won't do very much good: if there's ...
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Can we have an auto-flag for posts deleted as spam, rude or abusive?

I just came across, in normal browsing of the site I am a moderator on, another post from a drive-by user which had legitimately been deleted as "spam or rude or abusive". In a way, that's great, ...
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Remove the 2 link limit for new users everywhere

Several years ago we managed to convince the SE team to remove the 2 link limit for new users on Skeptics. This limit was particularly frustrating on this site, as any answer without links was likely ...
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Can we do more to stop bots from posting? [on hold]

Alright, I realize that the wording of my previous question did not clearly distinguish what I wanted (and resulted in being downvoted into oblivion). I don't care (for this purpose) about live users ...
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Can we get rid of the 'Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.' “feature”? [duplicate]

I truly loathe the 'Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.' (air-quotes)"feature". Semantically, it does not even make sense: why move a conversation to ...
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Show warning or 404 when following permalink to deleted answer

When following a permalink to an answer that has been deleted, most viewers get to see the question instead. (The browser cannot find the <div id="answer-xx" ...> to scroll to, unless one has ...
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Should Stack Exchange have a spam filter? (Does it already and I’m not aware?)

Of course spam posts should be flagged, and if they come up in review, rejected. Over on Mi Yodeya during the past 24 hours I’ve helped delete and reject four spam posts through the review queue, and ...

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