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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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1answer
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How to handle spam questions [duplicate]

It has been suggested that this question is a duplicate of others. Sorry, but it is not. I am merely addressing the issue of: "flag the post right away as well as editing it, hoping for ...
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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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Is it possible (in 2019) to appeal a Community♦ judgement? (“This question was deleted as spam or offensive”) [duplicate]

Earlier today I asked a question, seeking to clarify whether Stack Exchange (the commercial organisation) subscribes to a particular pseudo-scientific idea or not. There ensued an animated, albeit ...
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1answer
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Moderation tools for spam [duplicate]

What kind of moderation tools are available in Stackexchange to delete questions automatically that contain specified keywords or download links? It's been few weeks that I see someone making new ...
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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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0answers
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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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0answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
137
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3answers
3k views

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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14answers
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What can we do, as a community, to help make MSE a friendlier place again?

MSE is burning, there is fire everywhere. I'm terrified every time I write a question over here and I make myself ready for a fight every time I write an answer. I don't dare to look at comments or ...
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1answer
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What is a “protected” or “highly active” question?

Questions can be protected (i.e. marked "highly active"). 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 ...
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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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2answers
996 views

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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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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7answers
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How do you interact with a moderator?

Recently, there have been many unfortunate incidents relating to our moderators. Several have felt the need to stop moderating - others have (maybe) been thrown out (?). I have great respect for our ...
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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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5answers
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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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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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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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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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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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2answers
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

A user posts a blatantly off-topic political message on a Stack Exchange site, but expresses it in civilized language. For example, something like this might qualify: Don't vote for [politician], ...
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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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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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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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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1answer
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Is it acceptable to team up with other users to cause flag-based autodeletion of comments and posts?

This may be a controversial question, but I think it is important to know the opinion of the community (and hopefully of SE) on this. In the comments on a recent answer to another question, I have ...
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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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