Questions tagged [spam]

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Why aren't rollbacks invalidating spam/rude flags?

According to both FAQ, rollbacks invalidate spam/rude flags. To test this theory and have the accurate representation of what the system does, I flagged this answer as spam and proceeded to roll it ...
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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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My Spam flag was declined... What's the tipping point for spam?

I flagged an answer on this SO question as spam: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18350304/how-to-convert-rdl-file-into-pdf-using-ssrs/ Since the answer is deleted, here's its content (with the ...
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Dealing with SPAM: Hellbanning obvious spammers

The last time we've discussed hellbanning, it was in the context of low-quality contributors. I agree that people who post crap should not be hellbanned. Suspension, auto-question ban, and all other ...
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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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When confronted with spam in the LQP queue, should I press 'delete' or 'looks okay'?

Since there's no spam option in the LQP queue, you have to go outside of the queue to flag as spam. This leaves you with the review, though... What do you press? Pressing 'delete/recommend deletion' ...
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What should community ♦ mods do with spammers?

OK, so I deleted the spam post. What's next? Should I destroy the user? Put it in suspension? Ignore it? And what should I do if the spammer opens a new account from the same IP and spams again? Is ...
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Tag Wiki Edits: Spam or Not?

I was reviewing suggested edits recently and came across these two tag edits, made by the same person: flask tag wiki suggested edit django tag wiki suggested edit Both edits were rejected by me, ...
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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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Explicitly mention the consequences of the different user destruction options

There are two options when destroying a user: While it might not look that way from the dialog, the consequences of the two options are somewhat different. Both remove the user and all their posts, ...
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Spam and rude/abusive questions aren't hidden behind revision history link on mobile web

I just reached 10k on SO yesterday. Today, when I was going to inspect a spam question, I saw this: I expected that it should be hidden, presenting me with a link to the revision history, but it wasn'...
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Can posting w3Fools in response to questions or answers be considered spam?

For those not familiar, w3Fools is a site that was created in criticism of w3Schools, an entry-level tutorial/reference site for HTML, javascript, and PHP (among other things). The issue that I raise ...
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Problem User Spamming Personal Library

I've flagged one of the posts of the following user as needing moderator attention, but I'm expanding here to explain the reason for my flag a little more in depth. User: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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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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Great Q&A, or spammy product announcement? [closed]

Not sure what to make of this question. On the one hand, it's an extremely well-written question and an even better answer. They are written by the same person, which is totally allowed. But... It's ...
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Is this really not spam?

Today I flagged this answer as spam. I thought it was really obvious, user linking to a site with same name as the user, the link was also in the profile. Additionally the answer seemed rather content-...
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Area51-related spam email received

Just received this email (which I consider as spam): FW: Arabic Language Proposal on the StackExchange network Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:31:33 -0400 Subject: Arabic Language Proposal on the ...
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Should we delete spammers' accounts?

We just had a new user from Nigeria (hah!) post spam as an answer, and then as a comment to their own answer. Sample: Loan offer @ 2% Do you need financial help, A loan to pay up bills, debts or ...
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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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A simple case of answer-copying by a spammer - so why was my flag declined?

I recently noticed this answer by a new user with an ad link in their profile, which copied the post below it verbatim besides removing the phrase "So to sum this up" at the beginning. The ...
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The API is unexpectedly retracting flags

I use the Charcoal FIRE userscript to red-flag posts. Today I found this SuperUser question (possibly 10k by now since it's spam) and I spam flagged both the question and answer. The question I ...
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What mechanisms now exist to deal with malicious guest posters?

There are a number of sites on the SE network who have had apparently recurring, malicious guest posters making low-quality answers and comments, in need of moderator intervention, regularly for some ...
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What happens when affiliation changes?

If your answers keep on mentioning a specific product or site, you might be an expert on it. It’s possible that such an expert would actually become affiliated with said thing in the future. If this ...
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Destroying a user should mark all pending flags against that user's comments as helpful

This appears to be related to the behavior originally suggested in Destroying a spammer does not delete their comments. It appears to be the same issue raised in When comments are flagged, and 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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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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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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Blatantly off topic spam that discloses affiliation

Someone has a post up on SO right now advertising a "Microwave Dinner Set" (screenshot for people with less than 10k reputation on SO). I flagged it as spam, but reconsidered the flag, since ...
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Are people abusing spam flagging as a cheap way to gain flag weight? [closed]

I just took a look at the list of flags and saw a bunch of spam flags against some user. As it turns out, looking at his profile, pretty much all of his 111 answers that I have peeked at propose ...
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Anti-spam: Blocking questions whose bodies end with a raw hyperlink

I see a fairly high amount of spam that takes the following form (pardon the italics, my DejaVu Sans is broken and drupal.se ends up italicized): That is, a body of text that ends with a raw (no ...
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Is This User a Spammer?

Most of the answers of user424257 are to questions about FTP. This user almost always recommends the WebDAV products of this company: http://www.webdavsystem.com/server/. I have suggested in comments ...
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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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The case for merging, and not destroying spam users

The case for merging, and not destroying spam users has not been made in time, and thus the spam user at Gaming has been destroyed, and with it more than a year's worth of information about sites that ...
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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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Why there isn't a way to raise a spam flag on SE blogs? [duplicate]

I was peacefully reading the Gaming.SE blog, when suddenly, GASP I found spam!!!. I diligently look for a way to get rid of it... but found none. Apparently this functionality is not implemented in ...
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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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Memofy links considered harmful?

I'm seeing more and more answers linking to memofy, instead of containing the answer directly. Is this spam? I have not created and do not want to create a memofy account, so all I ever see is the ...
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Is it worthwhile to try to engage spammers?

I used to have an in-your-face attitude toward people who posted spam, often adding mocking comments in their own broken-English style of writing (e.g. "high qality SPAM, download now, click here flag ...
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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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Another edit spammer [closed]

Just noticed this user. Been spamming YouTube links randomly into a particular question with the message "FOREVER BABY". Just joined today. Looks like this account should be suspended for spamming ...
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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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I can't flag as fast as Spam is incomming

There is a massive Spam attack running, which can be tracked here https://stackexchange.com/questions?tab=realtime with the patteren "Here is Practical Explanation about Next Life, Purpose of ...
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PHPKode.com links spamming Stack Overflow

Spam users are injecting bad content linking to phpkode.com. From a cursory search for "PHPKode": Exhibit A Exhibit B (Posing as a question, "PHP Framework" Massive Google bombing attempt) Exhibit C ...
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Is there any way to report spam in BlogOverflow comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spam on the blog site? For example, there's a spam comment on the StackOverflow blog.
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Has "Community" gone rogue?

Community just deleted this harmless answer. Has it gone all Skynet on us?
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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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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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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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