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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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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? [duplicate]

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....
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How to deal with spam user posting add in their profile page? [duplicate]

At our stack exchange we have some users created recently that have no activity, simply a name and profile which contains add for some car insurance quotes. How can we deal with users like that? Are ...
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Spam Profiles are getting my goat. Could we have better tools for mods to deal with profile spam?

Super User got hit by another batch of spammers creating profiles. They've got accounts on other sites from what I've heard from other mods and from the comments here. Last time it was streaming. Now ...
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How to deal with an otherwise salvageable post with a spam link?

I'm coming across several posts (mostly questions) recently. They all come from new users. Those posts seem OK: they're on-topic and is only an edit away from a decent post for beginners to SE, except ...
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Can we have an auto-flag for posts deleted as spam, rude or abusive?

I just came across, in normal browsing of the site I am a moderator on, another post from a drive-by user which had legitimately been deleted as "spam or rude or abusive". In a way, that's great, ...
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Suggestions to replace 50rep-barrier

New users have to get 50 reputation points to be able to comment. I disagree with this design choice, because: If you are mostly just reading instead of writing, it takes ages to get 50 reputation, ...
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Leave more spam to be handled by the whole community?

Did we ever have a "No engage day" for posts reported by Smoke Detector? Due to the excellent work of Smokey and the connected rooms I'd assume a big part of the community is not even aware about ...
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How to distinguish ham from spam

On my way to familiarize myself with flagging I sometimes have to risk a decline to explore the limits. On that occasion, I stumbled over a border where I would like to ask for clarification. We use ...
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Remove the 2 link limit for new users everywhere

Several years ago we managed to convince the SE team to remove the 2 link limit for new users on Skeptics. This limit was particularly frustrating on this site, as any answer without links was likely ...
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You can only post 1 time each day due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network

I have been an active user lately on Stack Exchange Mathematics. If anyone can checkout my profile, I have posted my answers along with questions that I asked just to know if I attempted them ...
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Don't age away spam/rude/abusive flags

Currently, spam flags and rude/abusive flags age away in 2 days if not acted upon. This doesn't really happen on active sites, but it does happen elsewhere. (For example, I have four aged-away spam ...
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-100 rep penalty effectiveness for spam?

I quite doubt the effectiveness of the -100 penalty to spammers (per post) because I've never seen spammers with 6+ reputation, not even 100. So -100 makes hardly any difference from -10, -1k or -1M. ...
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How many answers deleted as spam or rude does it take to automatically protect a question?

It takes three deleted answers on a question for the question to be automatically protected. Automatically protect questions with three or more low-rep-user deleted answers Does the same apply for ...
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Chat room marked as spam persists on sidebar

Earlier today I noticed someone had created a spam chat room on money.se. The chat room was titled with the name of the website the spammer was advertising, and contained a spam chat message. I ...
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Why are suggested edits that were rejected as spam or vandalism not visible to users who don't have an account on the site?

This question links to four suggested edits that were rejected as spam on Gaming Stack Exchange, a site where I don't have any account. I was surprised to see that when I tried to see those suggested ...
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Can new account creation be rejected for SpamRammed IP addresses?

A spammer from a given IP address creates an account, sends spam, has their account destroyed, and repeats until their IP is blocked from posting. At this point, if they again create another account ...
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Can an account used to create a post marked as spam from 6 users still be used to create new posts?

When a post is flagged from six users, the post is automatically deleted and blocked from the Community user. What happen to the account? Can the account still be used to create posts, maybe some ...
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Is inviting for a survey SPAM? [duplicate]

This question popped up, and got for sure quickly downvoted and delete-voted in 7 minutes. Anyway: it reads: I am undertaking a research study on the use of communication API tools and am looking ...
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Question that was deleted as spam doesn't have a clickable title

This question was deleted as spam or offensive. And its title, which was replaced with the 'This question was marked as spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown', is not clickable now. ...
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Deleted (Spam) Questions from Stack Exchange (Deep Learning) [duplicate]

I've been trying to implement a Machine-Learning based version of the "Smoke Detector" system by Charcoal, which uses human-crafted regular expressions to currently detect spam. It's already a great ...
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Spree of divisare.com spam

A spam campaign to promote content hosted on divisare.com is currently under way. As of right now, there are 11 posts over 48 hours in the Metasmoke archive for spam posted on SE: https://metasmoke....
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Blacklist spam phrases for first time users

We're getting a pile of fresh spam over on Ask Ubuntu at the moment. I know these idiots cycle around the sites but what strikes me is how eye-wateringly obviously spammy this stuff is. Now not so ...
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Avoid plain spammers littering “users with flagged posts"

One of the moderator tools shows you users whose posts received the most flags in the last month. This tool is useful as it may help moderators to detect problems before they get big, provide guidance ...
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Concerns about the FAQ about high-priority (red) flags

In the FAQ, it says Each flag carries an implicit downvote for calculating the post’s score; it does not affect the caster’s reputation, however. I'm not sure what an "implicit" down vote is. Is ...
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Creating a site-specific SmokeDetector chat room

I am a regular user of Ask Ubuntu. Simply, how can I make a chat room that only has SmokeDetector posting about Ask Ubuntu and Ask Ubuntu only?
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What do we know about the Stack Exchange pharma spammer?

I am creating this question to collect any relevant observations you can provide about the dominant spammer in the Stack Exchange network. More specifically, I am asking about the spammer who ...