Questions tagged [spam]

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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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How do chat cooldowns work? [duplicate]

If you type messages in chat rapidly enough, you'll start to get a cooldown: I've been writing a chatbot library recently, and handling cooldowns is something that I've found a bit difficult. This ...
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Can my username and profile picture be my company?

Let's assume I submit high-quality and unbiased answers, that contain no marketing ploys, no suggestions and no references to my company: they will be as unbiased as any other contributor's. Most of ...
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Spam flag if it's off-topic but doesn't actually link to product/company, but profile does?

This question was posted on Stack Overflow today: I already know that recycling is the best way to dispose of our computer equipment, according to me almost each and every part of computer are ...
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How are spammers rate limited?

Question: Are there some additional limits for users who had some of their posts marked as spam (or rude/offensive)? Typically, an account posting spam is a new user, with reputation 1. (Meaning that ...
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I wrote a very detailed answer on how black-skinned dwarves can still be realistic in a world with Earth-like evolution, got flagged for spam [duplicate]

This happened on World Building subwebsite. I'll try to post my answer below the separator line if the anti-spam will allow me. Please, can I get any help on why is this considered a spam message, ...
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Is there any actual harm in voting to close spam, as long as you flag?

There's no question that spam should be flagged as spam. That's what the flag is for. But sometimes people also vote to close with various custom close reasons. Is there any harm in that provided they ...
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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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