Questions tagged [spam]

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Relax the spam prevention filter to allow blocked characters in @-replies

I understand the change made to filter certain Unicode characters due to a large influx of spam. But, is it possible for the validation to allow exceptions for usernames containing Asian characters ...
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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 did the review warn me it might be spam after I closed it as spam?

I just reviewed an answer on Travel. It was clearly spam and I flagged it as such. The moment I did, the review screen reloaded with the answer in red (because it had been deleted) and some stuff ...
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Why not require a bit of reputation to post Chinese characters?

There has been a lot of spamming with Chinese characters on some sites. However, some sites need to have Chinese characters enabled. We also have people asking to enable Chinese characters on a ...
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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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Can't post an answer on AskDifferent — “This looks like spam.”

I'm seeing my perfectly reasonable answer marked as spam. I get the error: "This looks like spam." Any ideas on how I can get my answer published? The question is: Will my Bluetooth earbuds work with ...
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Unihan characters in comments

This question asked in July explains why it is not possible for the time being to submit content in posts or comments that contains Unihan characters. It’s a spammer thing, fair enough. As snailboat’...
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Let moderators mark a question as a honeypot, autoflag all subsequent answers

tl;dr: Auto-protection doesn't always work to keep spammers away. Give me a way to have new answers to a question flagged automatically. There is a question or two on my site that gets a decent ...
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We need a profanity filter

I searched SE.Meta and was unable to find such question. Someone just swore at us in a pretty normal question as an answer (warning: profanity, may be NSFW), sure, Arqade (profanity in phrases in ...
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Are telephone numbers still blocked?

I just saw a spam question on Ask Ubuntu (10k +) with a telephone number in the title. I wondered if there is still a block in place to detect phone numbers, or if that has since been removed.
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Ban ImageShack images because they are reusing old URLs for advertising

There's a very popular topic on Stack Overflow's Meta asking to Ban ImageShack Images. This was created because ImageShack deletes old images to free up server space, making images within older posts ...
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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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Unable to post Chinese characters due to validation filter

This issue occurs when I attempt to post the Chinese characters for the novel "Water Margin" 《水浒传》 as a quote on Mythology SE. The error occurs even if a single character 水 is posted. The question ...
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Why does a removed spam answer show up as modified in the question list?

When I looked on the question list in the new navigation (don't know if it is specific there or not), I saw a spam post being 'modified' by OP. Since that is quite uncommon, I though of checking it ...
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Can't post question on Stack Overflow. Says “this looks like spam” [duplicate]

I have been a long time user of Stack Overflow and have just today signed up to post a question. The question description is quite long, does not reference any outside sites, but when I go to ...
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Do spam flags get a “pending” status?

Currently, when I flag a question with either "duplicate" or "should be closed" (I haven't tried the other (exception spam) flags yet), I get the as a status for the marked post in my "flag summary" ...
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Can't post question on Cross Validated. Says 'this looks like spam.' [duplicate]

I have a problem similar to the one brought up here: Can't post question on freelance. Says 'this looks like spam.' I am trying to post my first question to Cross Validated. I have tried ...
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Can we prevent duplicate spam questions?

Stack Exchange already checks new questions and rejects them if they're exact duplicates. When this happens the asker gets a message about this. What it doesn't do is to check for deleted duplicate ...
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Flag and downvote without delay

I post a question today in server fault and I get two spam answers. So, I try down vote this 2 answers and then flag it, but SO It's not allowed that: Link to my question: https://serverfault.com/...
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Have a way to view all the flags [duplicate]

Can we have a way to see all our flags across all stacks? I have 40+ accounts just to nuke spam and I would like an easy way to see all my flags. It should go under the network profile as a private ...
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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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How to deal with users who have reputation, but their accounts have been hijacked to spammers?

This just popped up: Notice that the author has 26 points of reputation, so he's not about to lose much. Probably, this will get deleted pretty soon (I instantly flagged it as spam), but other ...
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Is answering with a product recommendation considered spam, or something to flag?

The problems with shopping list questions have thoroughly been explained already, but recently I've run into the opposite problem: a product recommendation as an answer. This answer is already very ...
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How can we empower per-site mods to more efficiently dispose of network spammers?

Here's the problem, in a nutshell: Glancy T. Pony is a mod on our mayonnaise site, and wakes up in the afternoon to find that her site has been littered by Miracle Whip astroturfers. As Glancy ...
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Can't post question on freelance. Says 'this looks like spam.'

The title pretty much tells you my problem, there is no other error message. It is a lengthy question, that's the only thing I can think of. *I just posted the original since it doesn't seem to ...
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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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What to do with images containing URLs / adverts

...like this one (screenshot including WindowClippings.com reference). What to with such stuff: nothing, ignore (really?), downvote (giving negative score to otherwise good answer only because of ...
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Redirect after flagging as spam

SE has a couple of flags that cause post auto-deletion. This is a great feature that helps the community self-moderate with having to involve diamond-moderators. No complaints here. I do think, ...
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Please revisit the CAPTCHA & China issue

Back in 2012 when China first blocked all Google services, thereby preventing non-VPN users from proving their non-roboticness, someone quickly opened this thread on Meta: Human verification page not ...
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Let me spam-flag all of a user's posts directly from the destroy popup

Currently, the procedure for dealing with a spammer is this: Find spammer Go through all the spammer's posts Undelete the ones that aren't spam-flagged, then re-flag them with your binding moderator ...
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Obfuscate spam in page title as well

Not long ago I noticed a blessed change that is obfuscating question title and body when it's deleted after getting valid spam flags. Question title becomes: This question was marked as spam or ...
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Are advertisements for something other than a product or a service still spam? If not, what are they?

According to the new flag dialogue, spam: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. While before it was: This [question/answer] is effectively an ...
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How many user accounts on SE sites get hacked per year?

I've run a few queries for users with spam penalties across SE sites (SEDE link) and it occurred to me that there may be some accounts that were hacked into and used for posting spam. While this is ...
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Blocking posts with URL-only titles [duplicate]

In The Tavern we report and flag spam on the network, and it seems that some of the spam that still passes through the quality filter, has only a URL as title, nothing else. I believe posts like this ...
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Spam. Lots and lots of spam

This is a screenshot of the last ~12 hours of new active questions (click to see full length version): Of the 49 questions that were active less than 12 hours ago, 13 of them were spam. I can't see ...
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What does the front page mean?

I am looking at the question which is "What are the spam and offensive flags, and how do they work?". And it says that when a post accrued 3 flags (spam or offensive), it will be banished from the ...
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Can we please block questions that contain nothing but a URL in the title?

On Drupal Answers we just had a spam question (now deleted). The question's title was, in its entirety: http://premiumpureforskolinrev.com/metabo-garcinia/ I can't think of a good reason that any ...
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Is mass-accepting answers from the same user to drive up rep acceptable?

Similar questions have been asked, for instance: Is there some mechanism for preventing a two-person team from farming rep? This situation, however, is a little different: I ran this query for "...
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What is a “spam seed”?

Here I found a new terminology first time: Looks like a spam seed is a post, which "is designed to allow spammers to post questions so it looks legitimate". What does this mean? Maybe it is some ...
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Add optional box for spam flags letting you say why you think it's spam

This came up recently, where a user had taken the time to look at the link on a post and realized that the post wasn't just off-topic, it was actually half-decently-disguised spam. So he flagged it as ...
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Who downvotes a post when we flag a post a spam?

Recently I reviewed a post on the Hinduism site and found that it is actually spam. When I flag it as spam, it showed a -1 vote to the post. This usually happens whenever you flag a post as spam, it ...
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Could do with a space between the spam red box and text which follows in a user's flags list

There is a space between the word as and the beginning of the red spam box, there should be a similar space between the end of the box and the word that follows. This is what it looks like at the ...
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Should I delete SPAM content from an answer review? [duplicate]

In one of my first reviews in Stack Overflow, I've found this clearly SPAM answer: American eagle limo give you the Party Bus with Stripper Pole in DC of the extended limos for the substantially ...
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How to deal with spam flag when the post is technically not “spam”?

The initial definition of (Internet) "spam" was "unsolicited promotional email (and other media)". However, probably due to the frequency and volume of spam, the word "spam&...
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What does “block not encountered” mean in a user profile?

I found a user who wrote two different spam posts which were flagged as spam, and got automatically deleted. Looking at the user profile, I read the following: blocked from asking    ...
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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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No 'Mark Spam' Button on Blog Comments? [duplicate]

I was on the Stack Overflow Blog and came across a spam comment. I thought let me just mark it as spam. But, hmm, where's the spam button? Came here, was writing the title and saw the original ...
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please cut the activity of these cross-site spammers (astroturfers)

Posting at meta solely because I couldn't figure how to make it into a custom flag message (plan to further flag involved posts for mod attention referring to this post). This user account has just ...
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Could moderators be given access to how much spam their site(s) see?

Would it be possible to add spam blocked & flagged (and maybe other internal) stats to the super-secret-ana______-page? This probably would fit the description of "low priority" pretty well, ...
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The page “What kind of behavior is expected of users?” should include a link to “How not to be a spammer”

The help/behavior page has a brief section Avoid overt self-promotion. I think it should include a link to the recently added help/promotion page with much more specific guidance. This would be ...

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