Questions tagged [spam]

This tag is for questions about suspected user spam, the spam flag or combating spam as a community.

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The API is unexpectedly retracting flags

I use the Charcoal FIRE userscript to red-flag posts. Today I found this SuperUser question (possibly 10k by now since it's spam) and I spam flagged both the question and answer. The question I ...
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Why can't I improve / reject and edit this suggested edit?

I just encountered a suggested edit on a post that is possibly spam. Given its score, it's likely to have a couple of pending spam flags already. What is interesting, and a possible bug, is that the ...
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How do I report a user who has not posted and has an “about me” section full of spam? [duplicate]

A few minutes ago, I came upon this user whose About Me section was an advertisement. The user has not created any posts. How do I report this user? Other questions said to flag any post as moderator ...
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Why are Notification Mails considered Spam?

I get notifications if there are new questions at Stack Overflow in the htmx tag. But gmail thinks they are spam: I try to translate: Gmail could not verify that this email really comes from ...
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Moderators should be able to reflag spam posts when their spam flag has been cleared

I encountered a spam answer here and flagged it as such. Here is a copy in metasmoke. Later, I noticed that this type of spam isn't noticed by SmokeDetector; one of the reasons is that the domain (...
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Temporarily block (disable) links in spam-flagged posts

Today there was a spam post (copy for <10k users) to Science Fiction & Fantasy whose purpose appeared to be to induce people to click a malicious link. At least one user did: First of all, ...
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Should spam be tagged as [spam]? [duplicate]

There's a related question about editing the text of spam: Should spam posts be edited?. I've always understood this to include any sort of edits on a spam post, including tag edits. The tag exert for ...
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Disable links on expanded user card for users with less than 15 rep

Links on "About me" and "Website link" are disabled for users with less than 15 rep due to potential spammers (ref: Jeff's answer). However, links on expanded user card are still ...
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Why aren't rollbacks invalidating spam/rude flags?

According to both FAQ, rollbacks invalidate spam/rude flags. To test this theory and have the accurate representation of what the system does, I flagged this answer as spam and proceeded to roll it ...
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How much spam is manually posted?

Spam can be broken into a few categories: Spam posts that are blocked from being posted Spam posts that make it past the automatic blocks Profile spam (not sure there are any preventative measures ...
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Where did the “Spam” and “Rude” flags go?

The 'Red Flags' (Spam and R/A) have disappeared as options in the Flag pop-up for both answers and questions (see below). Where did they go?
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Unable to custom flag an author-deleted post that I previously flagged as spam/abusive, as I can't retract my pending red flag

I just flagged a spam post here as spam. The author later self-deleted the post. Due to my as-of-yet pending spam flag (which remains on the post after the author deletion), I'm unable to cast a ...
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Declining spam or rude/abusive flags doesn't trigger recalculation of a post's score

When a spam or rude/abusive flag is raised on a post, a downvote is automatically applied from the Community user. This downvote immediately affects the post's score upon the flag being raised. When a ...
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New user restrictions should include blacklisted keywords and URLs

A significant portion of spam contains commonly spammed links and product names, such as: We*ght l*ss M*le enh*ncement B*y n*w Almost any post containing these is spam, especially from a 1 rep ...
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Can I use spam and RA flags interchangeably? [duplicate]

If I flag trolling as spam, or flag spam as rude or abusive, will that be a big deal? Sometimes I come across a malicious post but at first glance I can't tell whether it's spam or trolling. In that ...
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Please moderate Facebook comments on the SO page

Not a complaint or a whine, but a polite request because Facebook won't do it. I reported the comment above, which was posted from a fake account using your name to entice people to send them crypto ...
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How can this user have an account on many sites but no network account?

This spammer has about twenty accounts across the network, but their network profile shows a 404 Page Not Found. What's going on here? I often check the network profiles of users whose posts are ...
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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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Skip spam LQP review audits or click on Recommend deletion

From the reviewing guidelines FAQ for low quality posts: [QA] Spam or rude/abusive posts: click the "link" to the post, and cast its corresponding flag. Do not "close", "...
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Are answers that contain advertisements allowed? [duplicate]

So I just found a question in which the accepted answer is only about an advertisement to an app that solves the problem. No offense to anyone, but isn't it too subjective? If the problem can't be ...
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What to do with spam comments [duplicate]

Say if some user posted a spam comment under a post, like Best $product for sale! Check out at $spam_link However, it appears that we don't have spam flags for comments. Should I raise a custom flag ...
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How do sites moderate self-answered questions?

Historically our beta site has discouraged self-answered questions. The site has been running for 6 years (3 questions/day, 98% answered, 3 ½ answers/question, and very few questions are closed). The ...
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What mechanisms now exist to deal with malicious guest posters?

There are a number of sites on the SE network who have had apparently recurring, malicious guest posters making low-quality answers and comments, in need of moderator intervention, regularly for some ...
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Why was so much spam blocked on March 28, 2014? [duplicate]

The recent June 25th, 2020 blog article How does spam protection work on Stack Exchange? shows a graph of how much spam SpamRam blocked between March 2 and April 1, 2014. According to that graph, &...
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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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Cannot unfollow locked post from Following tab

Initially I was unable to unfollow deleted posts from the Following tab in my profile. That seemed to been fixed recently so I was cleaning out the deleted posts when I encountered one that would not ...
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I received a phishing mail from from@stackexchange.com - what should I do now?

Last week I got this phishing mail claiming to be from Amazon. Is this really from Stack Exchange? Where would I report this? Update: It really seems not to be sent by Stack Exchange.
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Is it worthwhile to try to engage spammers?

I used to have an in-your-face attitude toward people who posted spam, often adding mocking comments in their own broken-English style of writing (e.g. "high qality SPAM, download now, click here flag ...
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Stop sending me emails I didn't sign up for

In the past few days, I've had eight separate emails from Stack Overflow. I signed up for none of them, and none of them are enabled in my email settings. The Overflow #17 Charcoal Digest - Tuesday, ...
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Should I flag spam accounts even if they didn't post any content yet? [duplicate]

Every day I see many of such accounts being created. They rarely post spam (probably because they get blocked by the system) and if they do post spam content they are sometimes nuked by mods. I am not ...
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Is it acceptable for a moderator to advertise their own products or services in their profile?

I know that mild promotional activities by users in their profile are generally allowed to some level of good sense, but I noticed that the profile of Mark Mayo ♦, a moderator at Travel Stack Exchange,...
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Show red flags to moderators of other sites if no local mod handles it in a certain time frame

There is a discussion underway in the Charcoal chat room on a certain spam post on ExpressionEngine Answers. Some of us flagged it as spam almost 24 hours ago, but flags are still pending, and a ...
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Spam flags not automatically downvoting

Usually, flagging as spam will generate automatic downvotes. This morning on Super User I noticed this wasn't happening. This is one that was deleted quite quickly, but still only shows -2, one of ...
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Automatic protection check fails to properly exclude answers from the same user in some cases

This question received two spam/abusive answers from the same new user, and was automatically protected. As far as I understand the system, it should not have been automatically protected since the ...
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Shouldn't my answer in Law Meta be reinstated? (abuse of flags) [closed]

A user posted on Law Meta this question after learning that the activity levels on Law SE are pretty low. I posted my answer yesterday, and it was deleted/hidden & locked by Community few hours ...
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“RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow” How do I make it stop?

I received an email from a recruiter today entitled "RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow", Stack Overflow+Hays Hays is hosting a webinar with Stack Overflow and I'd like to personally ...
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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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