Questions tagged [spam]

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Duplicate deletion (same time) in question timeline

Impressed by how quickly a post on Academia SE was correctly flagged as spam, I looked at the timeline for Academia post 142860 (10k on Academia required) — it was deleted 58 seconds after posting, ...
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Show popup when trying to downvote a spam post

I know this has been said many times, Don't downvote spam, flag it!, but still spam is being bombed with downvotes, why? Can we do something to prevent this? For reference, this post says: The ...
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SE's spam filters: Blacklist “Keto”

I'm seeing multiple spam questions advertising "Keto" pop up on Meta on a daily basis, as you can see in this MetaSmoke search. While it is true that MetaSmoke / Smokedetector does handle these ...
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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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Is this question part of a cryptocurrency scam? [closed]

I came across this question by chance How do I recover from a cryptocurrency scam?. It is the first question of this account and it directly accepted an answer by another fresh account. The accepted ...
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What's the best way to contact the Charcoal spam-fighting team on Stack Exchange?

https://superuser.com/questions/1504987/where-is-ubuntu-certificate-of-authenticity-located/ and Strange labels on our servers are today's examplars of that old wheeze the "Linux Certificate of ...
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To what extent can I responsibly advertise an open-source project related to SE?

A group of SE users and I are collaborating on an open-source project similar to the SE network (basically an alternative for frustrated users), and I would like to get the word out to interested SE ...
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How to flag spam user profiles in the absence of posts to flag? [duplicate]

I came across this user profile, which contains links to the website of some sort of tv streaming service. A quick google revealed that the same text and links have been posted to dozens of websites ...
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Deleting your profile clears the spam flag, but not the implicit downvote

While testing an answer to What happens to pending flags when an account is deleted?, I discovered something else: it's possible to serially downvote a single post using only one account. Steps to ...
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What is StackShare, actually? [closed]

SE Inc. has sent me this promotional email about StackShare, directing me to this announcement. Well, I read it, but I don't actually understand what this StackShare thing actually does. Is it at all ...
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Do Spam posts’ personal info need to be redacted?

I recently saw a spam post (deleted) and flagged it for redaction as it contained a phone number, full name and email. The flag got declined with this message: declined - its spam, no need to ...
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Show 'Flag as spam' button instead of 'Close question' when handling spam flags

When there is a pending spam flag, the new moderator flag dashboard shows two primary options in the bottom right: 'Delete question' and 'Close question ...'. While deleting the question is sometimes ...
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Are there processes to deal with spam users that post no content? [duplicate]

I had a look at badges today, and in the list of recent badges I saw a display name that struck me as odd and spammy, that just got rewarded the Autobiographer badge. I then took a look at users that ...
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What can be done with extremely, extremely persistent spammers?

There’s a really really active spam operation advertising apparently abortion pills and drugs in Indonesian. It's extremely frequent; there are 54 hits on MetaSmoke for "aborsi" in the post body. ...
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Lack of disclosure where disclosure is required vs. voluntary disclosure where none is strictly required [duplicate]

Problem (The question will be found at the end, Question.) As a user of any Stack Exchange's community, you most likely stumbled through a post where for you that would be considered spam, but you'...
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Do comments that promote a user's post fall under spam?

Our current definition of spam focuses mainly on someone trying to sell you an off-site product. What makes something spam and when should I flag it? A post should be marked as spam only if it ...
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If a user suggests an edit that gets rejected as “spam or vandalism”, does he/she lose 100 reputation?

If a user writes a post that gets marked as "spam" or "rude or abusive", he/she loses 100 reputation. Does this also happen when the user suggests an edit that gets rejected as "spam or vandalism"?
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Why ON earth is stackoverflow more strict than the other sites? [duplicate]

On stack overflow, it is much easier to see the You post cannot be submitted due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network error. Also this you can only post every 90 minutes ...
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Report on obvious spam is declined

I found this answer which basically is an ad for a software that author made. It is clearly spam and should be marked as such. But no, my report was declined saying declined - a moderator reviewed ...
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Destroying a user should mark all pending flags against that user's comments as helpful

This appears to be related to the behavior originally suggested in Destroying a spammer does not delete their comments. It appears to be the same issue raised in When comments are flagged, and the ...
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Are users given back rep if another person compromises their account and uses it to post spam? [duplicate]

What if some person has access to someone else's Stack Exchange account (compromised credentials, open laptop, etc.) and goes ahead and posts something useless or even offensive garnering multiple ...
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Collapse post after flagging it as spam from the moderator flag dashboard

When deleting a post with the 'delete' menu link from the 'mini post UI' in the new ♦ moderator flag dashboard, the dashboard collapses the post. This was a result of implementing one of my ...
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If I cannot submit my post due to the volume of spam and abuse, show me exactly the content that got me banned [duplicate]

I tried to post something once and I got the error: Your post could not be submitted at this time due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network. I was very confused because I ...
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Update Help Center page about spam/abusive flags

The Help Center page about the Flag Posts privilege currently states: What happens when I flag something as spam or abusive? The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate ...
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Disable Twitter/GitHub links for low-rep users

Currently, hyperlinks in "About me" and "Website link" in our user profile pages are disabled for low-rep users in order to prevent from malicious links. See this answer for details. Hyperlinks for ...
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CAPTCHA: I can't check a box that doesn't exist [duplicate]

I spent several hours yesterday thoroughly researching a question, to be told it looked like spam, at which point I pared it down and posted it. Then I realized I posted it on the wrong SE network ...
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What should I do when I notice posts with images hosted on suspicious non-Imgur domains?

The two main issues with posts containing images hosted on non-http://stack.imgur.com/ domains are: Link rot. Potential spam — in case the hoster replaces the images with advertisements. There are ...
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What actually happens to someone whose account is hacked by a spammer or hostile?

In an answer on Meta Stack Overflow, Brad Larson ♦ mentions, In the vast majority of cases where the 100-point penalty is applied and a moderator notices, the account is also destroyed.... The ...
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How can I get spam deleted faster?

Usually spam I see on the SE network is deleted very fast. But occasionally the system utterly fails and we're left with spam on the site for hours. Sometimes this happens because nobody's there to ...
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Am I supposed to be reviewing spam flags? [duplicate]

I was just chatting in chat when I saw a little ping-like circle except it was blue and on the wrong side. So I did what any good citizen would do and I clicked it. It quickly prompted me to review a ...
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Has a spammer ever actually repented and reformed?

In this answer on the merits of the -100 reputation penalty for spamming, Journeyman Geek ♦ comments, Its worth remembering there's two (and half) types of spammers. There's the big commercial ...
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What's the reason to make link in the spam post bold?

In the deleted as spam post the link to the revision history is bold styled: You can check this one for an instance. Is there a background to make such a link bold or merely an oversight? BTW, ...
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What can we do to stop spammers from exploiting the grace period?

Recently, spammers on WordPress Development discovered a "new" trick - the grace period. They post a spam post without the link and immediately edit it in. Yesterday, I happened to spot yet another ...
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Can we do more to stop bots from posting? [closed]

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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Should (and could) we require the tour badge (and/or rep) to give answers?

We (SE, in general) get dozens of spam/bad answers almost every day. In particular, I'm interested in the ones from bots. Would it be worthwhile to require some minor limitation to post answers? I'm ...
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More than 15k bottles of Viagra from Kenya, asking 110+ people for money, seriously?

I received a strange mail from a well-known SE user with the following body two days ago: HALLO EVERYONE. I am writing to you from Kenya. I have recently come into contact with a great bunches of ...
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Can I advertise my work on a site's meta?

Let's say I write Microsoft Word. Can I advertise it on Writing Meta? Posting it on chat is absolutely fine, but I think it is hard to format the post properly, to explain why it is interesting, and ...
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2018: a year in spam

End-of-year posts seem to have become the tradition these days, so I'm back again with a third Year in Spam. Welcome back, folks, to another round of statistics you never needed to know. All times/...
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Is it spam to serial-edit posts related to your product?

Suppose I am affiliated with a product or service. I know that making no-disclosure promotional posts constitutes spam, so I don't do that, but instead I decide to clean up existing posts on my ...
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What happens when affiliation changes?

If your answers keep on mentioning a specific product or site, you might be an expert on it. It’s possible that such an expert would actually become affiliated with said thing in the future. If this ...
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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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Most of the spam I receive is on webapps.SE

I don't have statistics to backup my claims, but I hope you do. I just flagged an answer as spam on webapps.SE. Most of the spam I reported are: Posted as answers On https://webapps.stackexchange....
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What are the differences between spam-flag-nuking and moderator manually validating spam flags?

What are the differences when a post is deleted by Community ♦ for having 6 spam flags from regular users or one spam flag from a ♦ moderator (and consequently, locked by the Community user) deleted ...
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Web Applications is being “flooded” with spam

They are back. Today (2018-10-16) several accounts were used to post answers that look like legitimate answers but the strange thing is that they include a sequence of numbers, sometimes preceded by ...
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Don't invalidate spam or abuse flags upon review deletion

This post was a blatant spam post, initially seeming like a bare link to a Google Drive file, but that was actually a misleading link that went to a spam site (the actual link URL was different from ...
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Automatically revert an user's name to default when a post of theirs is deleted as spam/abusive

The last activity indicator currently reads something like asked/answered/modified x minutes ago by display_name, and obviously stays that way until a new activity is conducted on the thread. In the ...
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Getting mails for non subscribed content and no link to unsubscribe

I got a mail from Stack Overflow regarding a chat event. I joined the chat event few months ago and this is the first time I'm getting a mail for that. I checked my email subscription settings and ...
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Can we make the X Questions with new activity feed not load deleted spam title and body?

When loading new questions by pressing the X Questions with new activity button, spam posts are shown with title and a section of the body, even if they're already deleted as spam. This likely ...
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Spammish reasonable answers

I've noticed a lot of spam-like legitimate answers today. See examples: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/146009/928 https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/145850/928 This answer has all the hallmarks of ...
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Please don't welcome spammers and abusers to Stack Exchange

I hope I'm not the only one thinking the below is weird and even somewhat disturbing: Yes. The "New contributor" indicator that ask us to welcome the user showing on a spam post. I believe there'...