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What to do when you encounter vengeful users? [duplicate]

I had an interaction today with a very high-rep user who posted a sloppy answer with both syntax and logic errors. I pointed these out (as I often do when I see code that won't compile or uses ...
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9answers
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Should I edit a question or answer with offensive content? [duplicate]

Occasionally, I will see a post that has PG (or even PG-13) rated content. The offensive flag can be applied to these posts. Should I wait for the community to declare it offensive and have the post ...
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3answers
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How does the “rude or abusive” flag work? [duplicate]

It is possible to flag a post as “rude or abusive” (formerly “offensive”). What is the effect of the “rude or abusive” flag? When should the “rude or abusive” flag be used? Is there any way to remove ...
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1answer
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How to deal with users posting religious threats? [duplicate]

Just a few minutes ago, a particular user created two accounts and posted threatening posts against a certain religion. In such cases, what should be the action taken because the user can just keep ...
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3answers
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What are appropriate criteria for flagging a post as spam? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the spam flag work? The title says it all, really; there's a "spam" criterion for flagging both questions and answers. What is it that makes something "spam"? Is it ...
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1answer
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Understanding spam-flagging [duplicate]

Sorry if this question has already been asked, but I want to get deeper insight in why my spam-flagging was declined. I flagged this post as spam: https://stackoverflow.com/a/18693774/1244610 In my ...
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1answer
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Abusive, but not rude [duplicate]

I came across a post, which was basically gibberish like "hsuheuduehuhfuheufhufe". Originally I marked it as spam, but it was not accepted. Why? It should have been marked at rude and abusive. ...
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0answers
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What are we doing about spammers [duplicate]

I am very confused about the spamming on Stack Overflow in general. Why? do users spam What? does it even do for them besides create a bit of attention Also what are we doing about this? Also I'...
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Flag threshold to remove comment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comment voting and flagging work? How do comments work? How does the spam flag work? How many flags are required to automatically remove a comment to a post? I can'...
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Where can I find explanations about flags? [duplicate]

I know this is a newbie question, and most likely a duplicate, but for some reason can find it. Were do I find the explanations about flags, what they are in one compact place. I resonantly flagged a ...
438
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7answers
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Cancel misclicked flags

I'm wondering (since it just happened to me), is it possible to "cancel" ("undo", "delete", "retract", whatever) a flag I just raised if I misclicked it, so the mods won't waste time? I looked ...
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9answers
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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 ...
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14answers
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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 ...
417
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1answer
71k views

How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

What circumstances can cause a question or answer to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? How can a post be deleted? When can't I delete my own post? Can I still see my post even after it's ...
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6answers
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What are the guidelines for reviewing?

About reviewing The review queues contain posts that possibly need further action from the community, like improvement, closure or deletion. By presenting those posts for peer-review, the system aims ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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What is a “protected” question?

Questions can be protected. What does it mean for a question to be protected? Why are some questions protected? Who can protect and unprotect questions? Who can answer a protected question? When ...
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3answers
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Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

Spam gets fairly heavily punished - 100 reputation penalty, if I recall correctly, and the content itself gets hidden in the revision history. Now if we just have some rubbish: ...
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1answer
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What is a “locked” post?

A post can be locked. What does it mean to lock a post? Who can lock a post? When should a post be locked? Return to FAQ index
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2answers
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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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5answers
615 views

SO's lack of documentation

Given the barrage of downvotes because I could not find something on meta that apparently everyone thought I should know, I would like to mention what I see is a serious disconnect in the organization ...
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4answers
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Who wants to go spam hunting?

Achtung! Read this first: Please use spam flags responsibly. Spam flags can have severe consequences on a user without any moderator action. Don't just spam spam flags, look at the user's activity. ...
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7answers
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Is there a canned reason for closing questions promoting violence?

I was looking through Hot Questions list posted on this site, and found A method to cause maximum pain to a human. The question was carefully crafted, highly upvoted, and answered by several experts ...
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1answer
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Question flags, queues, edits, roomba, community♦, how does this actually work?

There is constant ongoing discussion about what flags to use when, review queue processing, review queue structure, flag handling, etc., but no one person seems to know exactly how this all works. ...
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5answers
615 views

Why is this not spam?

I saw this answer on the low quality posts queue. I thought it was spam, and was going to recommend deletion (as 4 out of the 5 reviewers did), but then I noticed it was recently edited by a moderator....
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4answers
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Remove links when a post is deleted by Community from spam/offensive flags

Recently a user had completely lost it after getting question banned and he posted 3 spam answers: 10k only - No mods were on at the time to process our flags, but we mob-deleted them from the Lounge&...
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5answers
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Do Stack Exchange users have the right to not be offended?

I've been following Laura's question and the many answers/comments: Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites There have been several reactions around the inclusion (or not) of a ...
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4answers
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Either the new “spam” flag reason description is misleading, or I am mislead on what the “spam” flag reason is for

Today I woke up to find an obviously spam meaningless answer that had acccumulated 12 flags. Here's an excerpt: I like pie. what's your favourite color? mines red. who are you? hi? This got: 5 ...
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5answers
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Can we add a reputation penalty to comments that are removed for being Rude or Abusive?

Many sites have issues with users abusing comments to violate the be nice policy. Currently other than the occasional warning or suspension there is no real deterrent. The lack of any noticeable ...
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2answers
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How to deal with an otherwise salvageable post with a spam link?

I'm coming across several posts (mostly questions) recently. They all come from new users. Those posts seem OK: they're on-topic and is only an edit away from a decent post for beginners to SE, except ...
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2answers
679 views

Raise an automatic flag for spammers

When a post gets six spam flags, it is deleted. However, the user account remains in the system. When this happens, an automatic flag should be raised to allow moderators to check the account to see ...
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1answer
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What is community moderation, and what can I do to help?

What is community moderation? Why is it important for me to get involved? What can I do to help, and where do I start?
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When should we be enforcing the affiliation requirement?

The FAQ for this states: Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, so be it. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers. I'...
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2answers
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Dealing with what's perceived to be an offensive comment

I recently responded to a post that appeared to post an extension to their answer in a comment, (what I thought was) kindly letting them know that comments may not last forever. However, it ended up ...
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3answers
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Random links promoting online furniture stores are not considered spam because…? [closed]

Saw this when it was still up: Clicked on the link to be sure. (Check ouf for yourself.) The user name was quite telling, too ("Jali Furniture" or some such; note how he's actually destroyed now). ...
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4answers
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When should a flag be declined?

I have already seen this post, but it is from the Era of Displayed Flag Weight. Also, it talks about moderating SO/SU (where flags are as rare as hay in a haystack and flag weight is a bigger deal). ...
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Flagging hidden spam?

I'm wondering whats the policy on "hidden" spam. Today I reviewed one of the "late answers". E.g.. An OP posts a question. Someone answers the questions and embeds in his code: http://cool-...
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3answers
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Should one double-flag spam/offensive posts?

When I come across a post that should be flagged either as spam or offensive, should I also flag it for ♦ attention? When a post can be flagged as either, chances are good not an answer or very ...
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3answers
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Vote to close or flag as spam (or both?)

If I've voted for a spam question to be closed, should it still be flagged for a moderator as spam? I figured that, regardless of the closed or open status of a question, the site/mods should be made ...
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3answers
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Is this considered self-promotion?

On two different questions about module X for a specific framework, a user replied saying to use instead the module Y, which turned out to be developed by him. On the first question, he first added ...
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2answers
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Are research survey questions expected to be handled with close votes?

This question (probably soon to be deleted) made me wonder what would be the right way to handle surveys like that: I'm doing a worker interview for High School and I want to be a computer ...
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1answer
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Don't age away spam/rude/abusive flags

Currently, spam flags and rude/abusive flags age away in 2 days if not acted upon. This doesn't really happen on active sites, but it does happen elsewhere. (For example, I have four aged-away spam ...
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2answers
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Apathetic Answers

Lately I've been seeing a lot of explanation-less answers, which in my eyes deserves a downvote. Answers should benefit not only the OP, but anybody googling the issue, no? In this specific case, I ...
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Link only spam answers

I'm slightly wary of flagging a link only answer, along the lines of this one, and a few other's I've just flagged as spam because they are solely links. The answer was as follows: It's very simple ...
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3answers
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All my carrots are gone?

So I was feeling pretty good with my 53 reputation. I asked a few questions and answered(or tried to) a few questions. I was feeling good about my numerical carrot. Today, however, I discovered all my ...
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3answers
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Is there a formal policy on controversial (i.e., defamatory or opinionated) topics: Racist queries on Biology SE?

I cannot believe that Someone would ask a loaded question about general, racist, behavioral cultural stereotypes on StackExchange (cf. eugenics). That some users would attempt to answer/discuss/...
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Why downvoting on questions that are sure to get close or flagged

I was always curious about what is the sense in downvoting on a question in following case: The OP has 1 rep and the question is clearly a spam or off-topic, generally a question to be flagged/...
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3answers
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Should users get their rep back for deleted spam posts?

Consider this question Non-10K: it's spam. The question got -8 votes, and was promptly deleted by BoltClock to avoid the pending deluge of spam flags. My question is, is it appropriate for this ...
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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

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