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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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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Are research survey questions expected to be handled with close votes?

This question (probably soon to be deleted) made me wonder what would be the right way to handle surveys like that: I'm doing a worker interview for High School and I want to be a computer ...
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Add users' network ID to the API shallow_user object

A while ago, Tim Post started an initiative to improve spam protection on SE. One improvement that was almost immediately suggested was to add network IDs to the API's shallow_user object. Doing this ...
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Implement cross-site posting rate limits to slow down spammers

In the morning of March 19th, a newly-registered user posted 11 spam questions in as many minutes: While asking questions is rate-limited, these rate limits are not applied across sites, allowing ...
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A Terms of Service update restricting companies that scrape your profile information without your permission

Update (April 19, 2016): This change is now live. You can view the updated Terms of Service here, or read about them below. tl;dr: We’re planning to make some changes to our Terms of Service to stop ...
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Why can I not post my one post per day on UX?

I've been trying for 3 days to post one question on User Experience. Every time I try, I get the following message: You can only post 1 time each day due to the volume of spam and abuse ...
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Report Spam in Careers messages? [duplicate]

I realize that I can block an employer from contacting me. I have done so. However, I'd like a way to report simply unfair use of the Careers systems. I received a poorly targeted recruitment attempt,...
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A centrallised (multi-site) community-controlled globbing blacklist

Moderator from Ask Ubuntu here. Anybody else sick and tired of spam? We've had a lot this morning. We've been through dozens of spam waves over the years but also several rounds of "improvements&...
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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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Post content not removed after spam/offensive flag

As explained here, if a post is deleted through spam/offensive flags it is replaced by the message: "This answer was marked as spam or offensive and is therefore not shown - you can see the ...
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Question removed as spam, but title still remains in HTML, content visible elsewhere [duplicate]

Got a laugh over this one (link for 10k) (just realized I screwed up my Freehand Circle--you can see the original title in the tab, as is shown by the html below) The spam isn't scrubbed from ...
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Why does Stack Exchange allow fake email addresses for registration? [closed]

I don't understand, Stack Exchange is a huge, spam-less site. On the major part of the sites (not Stack Overflow though) anyone can post a question as a "guest" by just typing any email: By ...
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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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How can I report Spam sent via my Stack Exchange profile contact info?

I received spam via my website contact form from somebody who specified that he got my contact via one of the Stack Exchange's sites. I understand that Stack Exchange may not have to deal this kind ...
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Weird problem when asking a question in Area51

I can't find the meta for Area51 and I don't know if usability issues can be asked about in the Discussion zone, so I am asking here I wanted to make a post in the Korean Language and Usage ...
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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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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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Why Can't I Flag from the Low Quality Review Queue? [duplicate]

I just spotted a spam answer in the VLQ review queue on Travel. I wanted to flag but there was no link. So I clicked Delete and then used the history to get to the question and flagged it as spam. But ...
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As moderator, what should I do when I find a spammer account that was not destroyed?

Looking at the flags raised by a user, I noticed spam flags for which the account was not destroyed, and for which I didn't see any spam flag raised for us moderators. At first I though another ...

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