Questions tagged [spam]

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Does editing spam content away harm the automated system?

As a spin-off of this question, the problem on Aviation.SE is that sometimes we are quite slow in removing posts (not enough users regularly checking the review page), this has led some of us in ...
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Is a spam post recognized as such even if the spam flag is not raised enough times?

To expand on the question in the title, if the following message does NOT appear I understand that it means that not enough spam flags were raised. But does it also mean that the post is not ...
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Should I do anything about self-deleted spam?

I just came across this post: It's spam (It's a vague statement related to the question, but it's not an answer, and the link points to a commercial sales page). It was posted and instantly self-...
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Received spam, leak of email addresses?

I recently noted several incoming spam emails, which were sent to email addresses I exclusively used on Stack Exchange sites (StackOverflow.com and SuperUser.com) I used different email addresses for ...
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Answer is likely to be used for objectionable purposes

Should I answer a question if the information I am about to publish can be useful for others but also can and is very likely to be used for some dark business? For instance - I was going to make a ...
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Obtaining text of spam/offensive posts [duplicate]

Is there any way for normal people to grab a list of all posts on a site deleted as spam/offensive (presuming I have privileges to view them)? All routes I've explored are dead ends: Archive.org data ...
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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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What constitutes spam in a tag wiki?

Recently I came across a user on a site who: Was affiliated with a product/service (according to their profile). Was active on the site (i.e. clearly not a spam bot). Edited mention of their product/...
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Can a machine be taught to flag spam automatically?

TL;DR: We did it, so... yes. What is this? Charcoal is the organization behind the SmokeDetector bot and other nice things. This bot scans new posts across the entire network for spam posts and ...
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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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2016: a year in spam

In the spirit of Shog9's recent post, "2016: A year in closing", I thought I'd do something similar for spam. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with all the statistics about spam you never needed to ...
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Spamming Upload To Stack Imgur

I am wondering if a thing like this is allowed or not. What I know is that once we upload an image, it will stay in the Stack Imgur account (even when the link to the pic is removed from post), and I ...
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How did TIBCO / Marketo obtain my Stack Exchange profile e-mail address for spamming?

My Stack Exchange profile has a specific e-mail address that I use on no other Internet site, and should be unguessable. My Developer Story is set to private. My profile has an uploaded image, not ...
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When editing user questions, Stack Overflow warns that it might be spam [duplicate]

I recently tried to edit a user question, but I ended up quitting, because Stack Overflow wouldn't allow me to Save Edit. I originally thought the question needed improved formatting on some code ...
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I can't write Chinese characters in edited posts, but OP could when posting

Note this question is related, but not exactly the same, as this posts asks why OP could post (but I couldn't), whereas the other one states that OP shouldn't be able to. Following question: All I ...
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(How) should I report someone abusing data from Stack Exchange for spam?

Disclaimer: the email below has turned out to be from the person signed below it The general question in title still stands. So I got this spam from Gmail address address removed since it turned to ...
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Why does including a Wiki URL with the Chinese name for Yahtzee trigger an accusation that I am posting spam? [duplicate]

See Setting text in a grid, neatly where I replaced the link with a footnote, referring to how to find the link on a different SE (where I found it). The name of the page, being a Wiki, is taken from ...
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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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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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Preferred action when seeing spam in VLQ review

Currently, in the Review UI, I only have an option of "link-only answer (and not spam)", there's no "flag" link or anything else to mark it as spam. I have to go to the main UI to do that. The reason ...
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How to flag comments as spam?

When I try to flag a comment, I am offered the following possibilities. rude or offensive not constructive obsolete too chatty other.. Which of them should I choose in situation when a comment ...
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Do we have any means to prevent disastrous red flag bullying?

Today I was reminded of this again by a discussion on Meta Stack Overflow. The situation is following: There is nowhere that a destroyed spam-flagged post will show up in the moderators' queue; ...
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How do we stop users from using the "spam" flag when there is no "promotion of a product or service"?

"Spam" is defined right there in the flag popup as "Exists only to promote a product or service": but most of the spam flags I process have no advertising, promotion etc. They are just VLQ, NAA, ...
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Let new users only post links OR images, but not both (on sites where they can post images)

Some sites in the Stack Exchange network allow images to be posted inline even by newly registered users. (For others, this has been disabled, as spammers and abusers also like to post images, and ...
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Why are 1 rep new users allowed to post rendered images?

I've always been under the impression that 1 reputation new users on SE sites can only link to images, not post them as direct display rendered images when you open the post. Well, it seems that I ...
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Let's re-evaluate the Question Timer

I know this seems like a good idea, but this far into the game you should be able to tell from network behavior that I'm not a spammer… I had a compound question. I broke it up because breaking it up ...
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Are Stack Exchange employees notified of all spam flags across the network?

Several hours ago a very low quality answer on Science Fiction and Fantasy was deleted by a Stack Exchange employee. I'm only a moderator on one site, but it is my understanding that moderator flags ...
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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 the spam filter for new users preventing people from showing their "homework"?

I recently posted a detailed question on superuser about an issue I was trying to help someone with. However, before posting it, while I was helping the person, I attempted to help her to ask the ...
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Spam posts by bots and dealing with them

This URL ("Ways Create Muscle Fast - Quick Tips To Put On Muscle" on Arqade ...) might work for the higher tier users, but should be deleted by the time this question goes live. Many such "questions" ...
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Is it appropriate to flag bots as spam in dedicated rooms?

Occasionally I go into chatrooms designed for testing bots and have a play around with them. Then I leave. The problem I sometimes have is receiving nonsense pings at random intervals. For example ...
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Are links to non-commercial endeavors spam?

The spam flag is designed for “unsolicited advertisements.” It’s clear that it should be used when a question, answer, or comment links to a website with obvious commercial intent. But what about ...
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What to do with images that contains self-advertising?

Notice: this question is meant to be a followup of this one. Please notice that this isn't a dupe either, as the question I am asking is related but different and isn't answered in the accepted answer ...
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Do spammers actually increase their Google "page-rank" from posting links on SE?

I've spent some time in the review queue lately, and I've noticed that quite a few bots/spammers try and sneakily hide links in answers/questions. Presumably they do this to boost the Google score of ...
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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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Hide spam-flagged questions by new users from the front page immediately

At present, it takes three spam flags to get a question suppressed from the front page. On smaller sites getting this many may take a while, especially during the 4-12 UTC period of high spam / low ...
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Why is my answer detected as spam?

I provided this answer on Gamedev and it doesn't allow me to post the answer since it thinks it's a spam. (I am posting a link to the answer via Pastebin since it's detected as spam even in this ...
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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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Undeletion, Unbumping and the Potential For Abuse

There has been some concerns on how bumping can be abused to garner some extra reputation. I'm going to question the opposite. A scenario where not bumping can be abused. Today of all days, a post was ...
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Fake Stack Overflow in Google Search [duplicate]

I came across a fake/scraped version of Stack Overflow when Googling. Here's a link (BE CAREFUL) At first I thought it was just rogue Javascript popup ads that you guys might want to hear about but ...
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How do to deal with a spam question that has a bounty on it?

Whilst reading this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38204214/how-to-integrate-imagemagick-to-magento-site/38479100#38479100 something felt odd about it, and I decided to Google about it, ...
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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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A Linkedin profile link can be considered as spam?

Recently I've found a StackOverflow answer that contain this phrase: "I found the following solution" with a link to a Linkedin profile. I've commented below the answer to warn about this link, and I'...
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Scammer spam autocompletes when entering team name in profile

When I type "Google", "Microsoft", "Norton", "Canon", "Lexmark", or any of several other company names into the Company Name field in the Career section of my Stack Overflow profile, most of the ...
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Incomplete handling of spam flags if an answer is 20-k-deleted

Here (link only visible to moderators), the following thing happened: An answer received three spam flags. The answer was deleted by three “regular” delete votes from 20 k users. Due to this, the ...
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Why I can't edit my post? Warning that I am trying to spam! [duplicate]

I asked this question on Mathematica meta. I am just copy that post here I am trying to edit my post. However, when I trying to submit the changes. I got this warning Ok, this is polite enough and ...
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Do not dequeue from first posts if a “spam” or “abusive” flag is raised

When I encounter a post in the first-posts or late-answers queue and flag it as spam or rude/abusive, and then hit I’m done, it is dequeued. This leads to the absurd situation that when I want the ...
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Stats on handling my spam flags across the network [duplicate]

I am flagging spam posts detected by SmokeDetector, and I want to see the network wide impact on flagging the spam. Spam content is getting deleted immediately from the sites like MSE, SO. Response ...
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First time user getting "This looks like spam" when trying to post [duplicate]

I tried posting my question here (which I thought was the correct place to post false positives for spam) but it tells me that it looks like spam here too. EDIT After posting the above simple post, ...
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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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