Questions tagged [spam-detection]

Questions about captchas and other spam detection measures on SE.

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Can't create my question, because it looks like spam

I have read a lot about this theme now and I don't get why my question looks like a spam... Question:
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User with suicidal ideation, welfare of user and young readers. Filter?

About an hour ago by this time, a user with clear suicidal ideation posted on Medical Sciences: [........... preamble] loneliness [....] This is my own decision taken myself [....] I want to die in ...
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Improvement to "Our system has identified this post as possible spam" text [duplicate]

While reviewing a post in the Triage queue on SO, I (barely) noticed some text, centered with the article, and very slightly spaced from the question body: Our system has identified this post as ...
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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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meta stackexchange is blocking posts containing Korean characters, on question about Korean language stackexchange

This is the error that I am getting I have seen something like this before when trying to get the Korean language stackexchange created in Area51, and it was due to some spam protection measure, but ...
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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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Do not repeatedly require trusted contributors to solve captchas when they attempt to post

By now, I've solved hundreds of captchas on Stack Exchange, maybe thousands. Often when I post (conservatively, at least 30% of the time), I'm presented with this: We can't quite tell if you're a ...
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A question about spam prevention recognized by SE network as spam

I am trying to post the following question on Web Applications SE but I keep getting the error "this looks like spam". Therefore, I tried to create a Web Applications SE Meta question about ...
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SE's spam filters: Add "Keto" to the blocklist

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 ...
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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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What is "Luncheon meat detected" in Smoke Detector on Chat?

I recently noticed an odd warning by the SmokeDetector bot about this question: What does this mean? Should I be worried about it?
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Keyword-based spam detection to keep spam questions out of the network [duplicate]

Over the course of the Winter Bash, I have encountered a lot of spam questions here on MSE, the common pattern among them being the keyword "keto diet" or simply "keto". No doubt they are deleted as ...
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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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Should Stack Exchange have a spam filter? (Does it already and I’m not aware?)

Of course spam posts should be flagged, and if they come up in review, rejected. Over on Mi Yodeya during the past 24 hours I’ve helped delete and reject four spam posts through the review queue, and ...
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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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Redundant notice for already reviewed suggested edit

This suggested edit is already rejected, but notice says “please review carefully”: This is completely redundant in this case and should be removed. Also I’m not sure about the needing to know ...
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Stack Exchange newsletter arriving in spam folder

I have subscribed to a few Stack Exchange newsletters quite a while ago. In the last few weeks, all of these emails are ending up in my spam folder. I have checked my spam rules, and there is ...
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Should this have been autodetected as spam? [duplicate]

A few minutes ago, an answer appeared to one of my questions, blatantly not an answer, but somehow it wasn't detected and filtered by SE itself. Also, the user has been posting this on other questions ...
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Why does this look like spam?

The post to superuser.com is here: https://pastebin.com/FVKFpbmd. I removed the first part, and you can also let me know if it is against something.
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Can't ask this question on information security "This looks like spam"

It's a long question is that why? Even tried just pasting the question here, wouldn't work.
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Should we have special accounts for bots?

Triggered by the question How should a bot earn enough reputation to perform the actions necessary for that bot? Spam is increasing, and it appears current efforts towards it are linear – they ...
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Overzealous spam filter triggers on Chinese characters in the "Help and Improvement" queue [duplicate]

It seems the spamfilter on the "Help and Improvement" queue has some problem. From here (from the review of this question). I think, Well, "there are" happens quite often in spams, also often in ...
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Is there a way to tag a post/question so that you get notifications when someone answers it? [duplicate]

So I read a question and thought: 'what a smart question, I want a good answer to this question too'. So by commenting or answering I would get notifications, but I'd rather not spam that good ...
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Should we vote to delete spam posts?

If a post accumulates six spam flags, it will be automatically deleted, and its content hidden even from users with the “see deleted posts” privilege (10k+ on regular sites, 2k+ on beta sites). In ...
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When a question or answer is already marked spam or offensive by two or more users, tell that when down- or closevoting

When a question or answer is already marked spam or offensive by two or more users, tell that when downvoting, closevoting or voting to delete. Something like a pop-up saying: This question (answer)...
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Hit by the spam detector on Travel.SE

I want to edit this answer of mine on Travel.SE to add a paragraph about how to purchase a certain kind of train ticket in Japan, and I am hit by the spam detector. A screenshot of the added section ...
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How to report a bad result in spam check on review late answers?

I just reviewed this question. I choose: No action needed, but the system says I failed because it's a spam answer: "As far as I know, global variables are not passed to the workers, thus the above ...
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How can us Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow users help with the current Chinese SPAM attack? [duplicate]

We love our Stack Exchange and don't like to see it under attack like this. Many of us are programmers and many of us know stuff about languages, including Chinese. There's probably a good few who ...
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Defeat spam filter evasion through the use of many different domains by blacklisting target IP addresses of links

In my extensive experience fighting spam on Super User, I've noticed that spammers often use many different domains to evade detection. In several cases, I've found that the domains often resolve to ...
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Community stopped locking questions when they are deleted as spam and no message saying the post is spam shown

The two recent spam questions weren't locked upon deletion; moreover the spam text is not hidden as it is usually: The default look when the spam is nuked properly: Also, looks like the last spam ...
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As a moderator, should I re-flag spam that's already flagged, or just delete it?

I've been an elected moderator for about a month or so, and I'm still a bit confused about the correct way to handle spam that others have already flagged as spam, but that hasn't got to six flags yet....
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What is up with all the "printer support number" posts?

While I was on the meta asking this question, I saw 8 of those printer support number posts (I flagged 7). They get handled quickly enough by the community flags, but is there any way to block whoever ...
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The body of my post can't contain "82/213963"

So, I'm writing a response to a question. I want to mention some of the bad old days of Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow. What? Why can't I include "73382/" + two one three nine six three in ...
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Pattern for spam edits on blender.se

After reviewing this edit, I knew I had seen spam on that post before. Turns out that, after some digging and filtering out the edits on tag wikis, that spam on the blender stack exchange site seems ...
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Inactive user accounts which appear to have only been created to advertise a product/service?

Recently, I was typing in some spam keywords into the user search and found some suspicious users that meet the following characteristics : username contains one of the same keywords that often shows ...
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Should users flag "subtle" spam as spam

When reviewing Low Quality Posts today, I came across this answer (SO 10K only): The bitly link goes to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95lZNPAFI0. On its own, the answer is complete crap (nothing ...
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Replacing reCAPTCHA

I, like most SE users, am occasionally presented with a CAPTCHA to prove I'm human for one of any number of reasons. At the time of this writing there are 247 questions and 342 answers on Meta ...
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Failed "known good" audit identified post as possible spam [duplicate]

Well this was interesting. I failed an audit because the community apparently understood the OP's question (which I considered vague), but then I saw this, after I failed the audit: https://...
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Would anyone care for some processed meat-like substance with a gelatinous glaze?

Something sort of magic happened a short time ago, sometimes a graph is worth a thousand flags: That's right, around March 28, the spam protection layer blocked about 20,000 spam attempts, mostly in ...
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spam and inattentive reviewers

I've noticed this morning a spam campaign that consist in editing posts that mention mails systems, portals like drupal, fb or related subjects to inject links to freeanalytics dot komfo dot com. The ...
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The "possible spam" banner for suggested edits is misaligned [closed]

On this banner (seen here on spam edits): ... the text is aligned to the bottom of the banner, where it should probably be in the middle. Just putting the text in <p> tags (like the ...
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The review system suggested something was probably spam, what should I do when I see this?

While reviewing suggested edits and first posts by new users today, the review system did something new - an alert appeared that suggested that what I was reviewing was probably spam, and prompted me ...
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Unable to ask question on stack overflow [duplicate]

I created a new user(this user). On my profile I can see that I have the right to ask questions. I'm not sure if this was the case last night. I tried to ask a question, but got a message back ...
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Join the crusade against router-switch.com Content Spam

EDIT Updated below with a detailed evolution demonstrating how the content spammers operate. First they posted simple links to router-switch.com, until we blacklisted the domain Then they built ...
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How do Stack Exchange communities deal with spam?

This is a high-level question that may appear "obvious", but it's not, otherwise it would be addressed in the FAQ. I believe the answer is, "community members take care of spam and spammers after ...
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How was this user able to ask four spam questions so quickly?

User[9815934087] was able to ask four spam questions within 45 minutes. How could someone ask that many questions so quickly?
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It's way too easy to spam the site. How can we make it harder without sacrificing usability to new (legit) users?

After the last (not so big thanks to Shog(\o/)) blast of spam a couple users and I (with a mod) decided to run some tests. We found that it's extremely easy to post a spam question. Ridiculously ...
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What can we do about all the reoccurring spam?

This last blast we had was really huge, it lasted almost the whole day. See: http://i.stack.imgur.com/OXvpc.jpg I have noticed across SE we are getting a lot of spam, usually titled "WATCH BLAH ...
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What's going on with "Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu"?

We seem to be under some sort of mini spam attack... it's text from a foreign TV show or something, occasionally with links that I dare not follow. See: Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu 181. Bölüm FULL izle 07 ...
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Please make the multiple comment timer less annoying (non-resetting etc.)

As a little feature to prevent comment spam, you can only enter one comment every 15 seconds. That's a very reasonable limitation, since you very rarely have a good reason to write comments that ...
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