Questions tagged [spam]

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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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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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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 truly ...
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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 few ...
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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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