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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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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'...
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Spam links in an already upvoted answer of a locked question [closed]

An answer to a question, which is locked as historically significant, has a link pointing to a completely unrelated site about drugs: Docu: http://nubyonrails.com/articles/about-this-blog-beanstalk-...
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Disclosure for links in comments

We know that in answers (and by extension, questions), adding a relevant link is acceptable as long as any affiliation is disclosed, otherwise it counts as spam. This is true even if the username of ...
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“This looks like spam” error message when attempting to ask a non-spam question

I realize that similar questions have been asked, but through all of the ones I've seen, the answers seem to be specific, normally asking the author about the specific question. I'm trying to ask in ...
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Contents of spam questions not hidden in mobile view [duplicate]

The contents of deleted spam/rude/abusive questions (like this one on Stack Overflow – visible only for >= 10K users) is hidden behind an extra link: However, in the mobile web view, the original ...
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Allow to add incriminating evidence to a spam flag [duplicate]

Since a post is only considered spam if the user is associated with the product promoted, mods need evidence of the association, and have proven to mishandle the flags if this fact is nontrivial to ...
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Auto-deleted posts from spammers and trolls should get the “this is spam/rude” warning

When a post is deleted by spam or rude/abusive flags, users who can see deleted posts see a warning along the lines of "this post was deleted as spam or offensive". If they want to see the actual ...
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Is something happening network-wide related to Turkey?

Yesterday, I noticed that pretty much the entire front page of Travel was last edited by Community. By and large, the questions related to Turkey. I went to one of the questions, and there was a ...
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Add cookie blocks to the IP-based spam-blocking system

Note: Not a duplicate of Please don't use a spam filter based on IP address. That proposes that we stop blocking IPs; this one suggests implementing an additional feature while keeping the ...
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Weird spam / comment combination

I flagged this post on math.se. It got closed quickly after that. Shortly afterwards, I received this comment on a completely unrelated post. I think the comment is gone, and looking at the only user ...
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Escalation points for babasupport spam

The domain name "baba support" has been building up considerable spam pressure against the Stack Exchange sites, as seen in this metasmoke report: https://metasmoke.erwaysoftware.com/domains/16302 ...
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Remove/Change mention of disclosure in spam flag reason

This is a follow-up to my previous question. I think we should change the description of the spam flag to either make it clearer that disclosure isn't required, or remove that part of the description ...
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Blatantly offtopic spam that discloses affiliation

Someone has a post up on SO right now advertising a "Microwave Dinner Set" (screenshot for people with less than 10k reputation on SO). I flagged it as spam, but reconsidered the flag, since the ...
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Raise a Community Manager message when an account is destroyed for spamming

This is a follow-up to this, unanswered, question: A user should just be destroyed network-wide automatically if it has no upvoted content and is destroyed on two independent sites by mods already ...
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How accurate are users with their spam flags?

A comment by shog9 piqued my interest on this. FWIW, I'm happy to provide data on the accuracy of spam flaggers if requested... But please make it a separate question so I don't have to post ...
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End the edit grace period upon two or more spam/rude flags being raised

I am aware that a similar suggestion was made and rejected. The major criticism of that one was essentially this The only problem with this is it's unexpected - there's no visible trace on that ...
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Why should I not upvote spam?

According to Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged?, spam shouldn't be downvoted. But what about a completely opposite action, that is, upvoting it. This has the advantage ...
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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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Spam flags and Rude/Abusive flags - Is the difference practical?

As per the FAQ, we know that there are two small differences between spam flags and rude or abusive flags (referred to below as S and R/A, respectively). If a deleted post has at least 1 valid spam ...
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Removed spam or R/A sometimes has its title visible in mobile Page Not Found page

This only shows up sometimes, however.
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Restrict the access to suggested edit reviews on deleted posts

This suggested edit on an answer deleted as rude/abusive is visible, even without logging in (and for users with less than 10k reputation). These users can't see the answer 'directly', via the ...
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Spam and rude/abusive questions aren't hidden behind revision history link on mobile web

I just reached 10k on SO yesterday. Today, when I was going to inspect a spam question, I saw this: I expected that it should be hidden, presenting me with a link to the revision history, but it wasn'...
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Dilemma after someone else edits a spam post

Should spam posts be edited? - Everyone knows: No. Today someone edited a NSFW spam link (10k on Stack Overflow) into [NSFW spam link] Before clicking on the image, please note that there is an ...
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When confronted with spam in the LQP queue, should I press 'delete' or 'looks okay'?

Since there's no spam option in the LQP queue, you have to go outside of the queue to flag as spam. This leaves you with the review, though... What do you press? Pressing 'delete/recommend deletion' ...
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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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2017: a year in spam

Last year, I posted 2016: a year in spam. Since that was pretty well-received, here’s the 2017 version. Ladies, gentlemen, aliens, and everyone in between: more statistics about spam that you never ...
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Pharma spam gang switching to Google sites

The pharma spammer gang see earlier post by myself, who continue to aggressively target the Stack Exchange family of sites, has recently transitioned to promoting links to pages hosted by Google Sites....