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I can't post a question on Stack Overflow as it thinks it's spam [closed]

Here are some screenshots of the question I'm trying to post: Why is Stack Overflow blocking it for being spam?
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My code with remarks in Traditional Chinese characters is taken as spam [duplicate]

If I embed the following code with Chinese characters as remarks, the post is taken as spam, I need to remove all the Chinese characters to pass it. Please elaborate on this and advise, thanks. # 2024-...
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Let's remove spam/offensive edit suggestions from the original poster's inbox as quickly as we can

Some of us have taken it upon ourselves to seek out the worst of what finds its way to Stack Exchange so that the majority of users don't have to see any of that. That's how the spam and rude flags ...
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Update Help Center page about necessary spam flags to delete a post

The Help Center article about the privilege to flag posts still refers to the old situation where 6 flags were needed: What happens when I flag something as spam or rude/abusive? The spam and rude/...
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Why was this spam post locked and deleted twice by the Community bot?

Looking at the revision history of some spam, it was deleted and locked twice: Checking another spam post, that one was only locked and deleted once. What caused this one to get deleted & locked ...
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Can we make the spam flag description more clear?

Currently, the description of the spam flag reads as follows: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. This wording is very confusing because it's ...
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What recourse does a (mistakenly?) deleted spam account have? [duplicate]

There is of course a specific post that prompted this, but I'm not going to link it unless necessary. Anyway, to the point; under the idea that a user's account is destroyed because it was labeled a ...
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If *all* of a user's many answers promote the same thing but they properly disclose affiliation, is it spam?

I just saw a user on a small site posting a bunch of uncited AI-generated posts (which is plagiarism) that all promote the same thing. They properly disclose their affiliation in each post. I read ...
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Auto suspend the user network-wide if their accounts have been destroyed on a certain number (e.g. 3) of sites

Possibly related; might be an extension or alternative to: A user should just be destroyed network-wide automatically if it has no upvoted content and is destroyed on two independent sites by mods ...
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Does the Charcoal team plan to run SmokeDetector again?

There have been several posts complaining about increased visibility of spam posts.1 At least part of the reason was the fact that the Charcoal team participated in the strike and SmokeDetector wasn't ...
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Recent proliferation of spam on Server Fault [duplicate]

In the past couple of months I'm seeing a lot more spam on Server Fault. Until a few months ago I virtually never saw spam, and now virtually every time I visit there are money lenders, abortion pills,...
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What exactly do VoteTypeId=4 (offensive) and VoteTypeId=12 (spam) mean?

According to the Database schema documentation for SEDE, the table Votes contains as VoteTypeId 4 = Offensive and 12 = Spam. The latter was mentioned, for example, here: How to find posts closed as ...
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Temporarily reduce the 5-second rate limit on flagging posts as spam, to allow for quicker flagging on sites overrun with spam

SmokeDetector is currently disabled due to the moderation strike. This means that some specific sites are overrun with spam, and when I go through and flag each of those spam posts, I keep running ...
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Why can't we blacklist questions with a description containing a mobile number and the string "loans"? [duplicate]

As we are seeing a lot of spam, why can't we blacklist questions with a description containing a mobile number and the string "loans" combination on this platform?
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How about using GPT or some other LLMs to help for spam detection?

Example from https://askubuntu.com/questions/1475868/gold-rupee-loan-app-customer-carehelpline-number%ef%b8%8f-7250536107-7250536107 Prompt given to https://chat.openai.com/?model=text-davinci-002-...
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The rate limiting system for posts is on strike; can it please be made to work?

Ten posts in eight minutes. I don't see a reason why anyone should be posting this fast, especially not a brand new user. This is only the most recent example, not the one that's posted the most: It ...
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SE manipulation recruitment saga Pt. II

First, please read Pt. I of this story: This guy tried to recruit me as a stooge for manipulating SE I've decided to counter-fish our friend Mr. Thomas, and have sent him the following reply: Hello ...
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This guy tried to recruit me as a stooge for manipulating SE

A few days back, I got this email: Dear Ein, I see that you are an active member of multiple Stack Exchange communities. We are looking for content creators. The task is very simple and pays well. We ...
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How can we handle spam faster? [duplicate]

As of today, the Ask Ubuntu site was hit with a flood of spam. While I was trying to flag these posts, I was informed that I could only raise 16 flags a day. I would question this constraint. Do we ...
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"This looks like spam" error message when attempting to ask a non-spam question on tor [duplicate]

I'm trying to ask in the "Tor Stack Exchange Q&A Site" about Signaled readiness to systemd... but always count my question as spam while it is not... my question body : https://pastebin....
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Red-flagged question titles are no longer shown to moderators

Instead of the title, I just see "This question was marked as spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown": While this is the correct behavior for non-moderators, moderators are ...
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Why does deleting my own question tell me that I have flagged it as "spam or offensive content"?

It turned out that my question was asked as a misunderstanding. It now (after clarification) brings zero value to the community. So I have deleted it. I was surprised to see this right after that: ...
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Are spammers and trolls part of the community?

This is a much more philosophical question than most. It is inspired by the question Is "the community" an arbiter or an authority of "belonging" on the site? as it relates to the ...
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How can I cheat the reputation system?

I have been a full stack web developer and have been using computers for most of my life. I use these Stack Exchange websites a lot, to get answers, as they say, and indeed they are right! I get ...
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Does it matter if a post discloses the author's affiliation if it only exists to promote a product or service?

The definition of the spam flag is: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. And it links to the site's /help/promotion page. Based on the tips ...
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Question flagged as spam and error on body [duplicate]

I am trying to post a question on Stack Overflow regarding a problem I found on my code, but when I try to post it, the site returns two errors, both not really clarifying what is wrong with the ...
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Using GPT-3 or similar tools to mass-produce low-quality answers

Consider this answer to this question: The couple in question is James Morley and his wife, Liu Xiaobo. hope this helped. That's the kind of thing that GPT-3 or a similar AI would misinterpret out ...
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Is it possible to blacklist a word, especially for unregistered users, in questions?

The problem Since the 30th of August, Law.SE is suffering under a single user that does ask repeated questions over something they made up from thin air. The word "constiption[sic!]/constipt"...
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Remove an account promoting escort services [duplicate]

I just rejected a spam edit on MSO from a new user promoting an escort service. Looking at the user's profile here on MSE, it seems to have no purpose other than (spammingly?) promoting an escort ...
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Appropriate measures for repeatedly posting the same content across the network

The user https://stackoverflow.com/users/12923651/polcott is very excited about their "insight" about an error in the proof of the Halting problem, and so they would like to share it with ...
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Podcast advertising by spammers?

In podcast episode #482 I was somewhat disturbed to hear an ad for turing.com I don't particularly perceive them as a spammer, and actually don't have much of a perception of them as a company at all; ...
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"This appears to be spam. If you think we've made an error, make a post in meta." The link to "meta" isn't clickable

In doing some testing for this post, I repeated the steps in How can I solve the 'Body cannot contain ""' error when trying to post? which gave the error: However, if I left-click ...
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Under what conditions are 漢字 blocked?

I was surprised when I saw the question Chinese text isn't working on Stack Overflow. I've seen questions and answers with Chinese characters all over Stack Exchange (Skeptics, Islam, Politics, ...
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The "Tab Name" for Deleted Spam Questions still shows the Original Text [duplicate]

For questions deleted as spam or R/A, like this one, the question title (header) is replaced by the "System" with the following text: This question was marked as spam or rude or abusive and ...
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"You don't have the permission to use this type of flag" when casting a spam flag

Today I attempted to flag a question as spam on Stack Overflow; however, it was deleted the same moment as I cast the flag. The UI shows a popup You don't have the permission to use this type of flag ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

I understand that using two or more accounts to vote on the same post (or interact with it in almost any way) is against the rules. That being said, what if I encounter a blatant spam/scam post that ...
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Is there a new kind of spam floating around the network nowadays (Spring 2022)?

This post is more of a “heads up” post than anything else since this recent spam trend I have seen seems quite novel and interesting. I noticed this post on Super User (now deleted and flagged as spam,...
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Posts Removed as Spam Still Appear in Network Profile

I know it is quite likely that this post is a duplicate of Question still appears in my top network posts even after having it disassociated from my account at least with regard to how these posts are ...
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How to deal with "Please follow us on <social-media>"? [duplicate]

I just came across an answer thats ends with: Hope you like it. Please follow us on Telegram and Instagram Removed the links so they won't get any clicks Screenshot How should I deal with requests ...
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Keep showing the post after casting the final spam flag while reviewing

When casting the final spam flag from the First Questions/First Answers/Late Answers queue, the post disappears and 'question/answer not found' is shown instead: This makes it difficult for example ...
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Hashcode sites are unmoderated and spam-filled [duplicate]

Hashcode is a network of Russian Q&A sites that was bought by Stack Overflow in 2015. The most active sites for programming and Russian were imported to Stack Exchange, but not all were. A few ...
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Remove 'Autobiographer' from Recent Badges

Until a better method is implemented to prevent spam accounts from seeing the light of day, can we remove either the 'Autobiographer' badge from the Recent Badges list, or, alternatively, prevent ...
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Reviewing a First Answer with red flags leads to "Possible spam" notice shown for question

There is a First Answers review item about a (questionable) answer that received four (still pending) rude/abusive flags. That leads to the familiar notice Our system has identified this post as ...
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Could we have a minimum reputation for visible profiles?

After a couple of years - most of the profiles that were getting my goat have been herded away from the sites I moderate. There's probably many more left and I'm looking at thwarting them in many ...
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How can I answer questions with affiliate links? [duplicate]

I am new here. As an affiliate marketer, what can I do to be able to post affiliate links to answers questions about new technology, health and design on stackoverflow.com?
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Can't post question on Stack Overflow - 'this looks like spam.' [duplicate]

I just signed up to Stack Overflow, trying to post my first question. What's wrong with it? I've already removed redundant text in the post, but still Stack Overflow says This looks like spam.
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Block fumacrom.com from appearing in posts

The domain "fumacrom.com" is an alias for "adf.ly", which I just came across as a spam link on Stack Overflow. Since we already have adf.ly on the blocklist, we should add fumacrom....
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Spam (tobacco related) multiple accounts [duplicate]

Looks like all of https://stackexchange.com/users/23136292/tobacco-king?tab=accounts accounts are spam. E.g. multiple users found on ruSO: https://ru.meta.stackoverflow.com/a/11819/176217
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Is there a better way to permanently stop the spam questions?

I just saw the post as Coin~~Ba$e!!&upp0rt Number ™+⥙【↶ퟷퟖ+1.555⍨555⍨555↶】 ☎️ ๑۩۞۩๑ $$$$$$UMG$$$$$ Is there a permanent solution to stop these spam posts? Yes, I flagged the question as spam and ...
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Did someone disable the minimum rep check for posting images to questions? Things are getting a lot spammier now [duplicate]

Seems like we're getting a smidge more in the way of network spam in regards to users posting images in their questions with only 1 rep, most of it spam-oriented.
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