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Posts destroyed as spam should trigger a retroactive audit failure for previous "No Action Needed" votes

As a moderator on Stack Overflow, I regularly look through the review history of obvious spam that has lasted more than an hour or so on the site. I often find one or two reviewers who voted "No ...
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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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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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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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Detect and block question copied exactly from existing questions

Just now I saw this question and this question two questions which are deleted afterwards, which appears to be copied exactly from another existing question, and surprisingly some "users" also ...
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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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Better tools to handle spam on low-traffic sites

On many Stack Exchange sites, particularly during the hours when Europe and America are asleep, spam can survive for hours. This gives a bad impression. What can we do to allow the community to ...
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Set up email/comment spam honeypots for Project: Honey Pot

Stack Exchange is about making the Internet better, right? They've contributed to open-source projects, spawned open-source projects, become an Open ID provider, the list goes on. Here's one more ...
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Prevent 0 character links

SmokeDetector drew our attention to this former spam post on Biology Stack Exchange. Here's a screenshot of how it looked like: At first, I thought it was just another 'not an answer' post, but one ...
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Return HTTP 410 Gone for deleted spam questions

Stack Exchange has a pretty good relationship with Google. Often, new questions on Stack Overflow may get indexed by Google within seconds of being posted, or within minutes at most. Usually, this is ...
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Add captcha to anonymous edits

I reached 1k rep on Chess.SE, now I can review suggested edits, and I see anonymous edits from unregistered users, all bots and spammers. I know that you are not willing to turn off the anonymous ...
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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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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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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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Can we get a visual indication that there are spam or offensive posts in the flag queue?

I know you're doing a lot of work on heuristic spam prevention across the network but I wonder if you've got some time to quickly improve the manual side of things. Below is what I see when I arrive ...
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Enable a percent-based block of CJK characters on Travel

So, we have a situation on Travel: I assure you, none of these are legit. This has been going on for weeks, at something like this volume at the same time every night, consistently. The normal IP-...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this answer (10k only) on Ask Ubuntu (image link). A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Another case: a user managed to post a ...
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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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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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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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Raising a moderator attention flag in addition to a spam/offensive flag

If I flag a post as offensive or spam, the UI tells me that I can raise an other (needs ♦ moderator attention) flag. I can type a message: But after submitting the flag, I get a pop-up telling me ...
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Spam flagging on-topic answers

I have noticed that the community, on finding a posted answer that appears to promote a product or service, looks up the user's account and spam flags all the other answers for that user that also ...
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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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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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Hide post content if a user is destroyed as spammer

There is a specific destroy reason for users that post only spam or other abusive content: This user was created to post spam or nonsense and has no other positive participation Aside from ...
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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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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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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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Let's meet spam waves with flag waves!

I've been helping in the Great Ask Ubuntu Spam War recently, and one thing I've noticed is that 10-20 flags usually isn't enough during a wave. It feels, quite frankly, terrible to have to sit out ...
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Dismissal of spam and offensive flags (the moderator's perspective)

There's a post that has a spam or offensive flag. These flags are pretty serious, since if they're validated by the community or by a moderator, they carry a -100 penalty to the poster's reputation. ...
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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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Can't cast a binding mod spam-flag if I already spam-flagged the post as a non-mod

I just came across a spam answer which had been deleted in the ordinary way, by three high-rep users, without first attracting enough spam flags to be locked and its contents hidden away in the post's ...
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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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Make Link markdown with whitespace-only content for the 'link' text auto-delete itself

There was a questionable post caught by SmokeDetector containing an invisible link set forth on white space like follows: [ ](hxxp://some-nsfw-image-link-or-spam-link) ... which renders pretty much ...
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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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Should the spam handling guidance be consolidated into a single post?

As a regular SPAM flagger based on the reports of the Smoke Detector I run now and then into posts that not only receive spam flags but also close votes, an edit or comments and I imagine NAA/VLQ ...
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Can we indicate spam masking to mods?

As far as I can tell, mods can't actually see when a deleted post is replaced with "This answer was marked as spam or offensive and therefore is not shown..." - we just see the original post. I'm glad ...
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Unsolicited email from a startups user (my email is not public)

Has anyone else received unsolicited email (spam) from a https://startups.stackexchange.com/ user (I can provide the user name if necessary)? Notes: The From and Return path names exactly match a ...
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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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Don't invalidate spam or abuse flags upon review deletion

This post was a blatant spam post, initially seeming like a bare link to a Google Drive file, but that was actually a misleading link that went to a spam site (the actual link URL was different from ...
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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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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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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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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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Spam in [astro] tag

Some spammer (Vedic Folks) have started spamming on SO. I've found them rejecting suggested edits on astro tag. However, some robo-reviewers have accepted their suggested spam edit for the tag body, ...
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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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Bad UX if a red flag deletes a post in review

If: you have a spam, rude, or abusive post in the first-posts or late-answers queue; you flag it thusly; this flag is the one to bring the post over the deletion threshold (possibly also: another ...
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Remove the point about the author's affiliation from spam flag description on questions

Currently the flag > spam dialog has the following description: We had a discussion about it in a chat room and came to the conclusion that the author's affiliation has no effect when flagging a ...
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Active state for spam flags

Today, I saw my flags getting their state as active which are waiting for review. But, the spam flags didn't get that. Already, a feature request for spam and offensive flags for showing time was ...
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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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