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Update It turns out there wasn't just one bugger... there were a few buggers from a certain educational institution behind this madness, along with some honest classmates who were very willing to tell on them :) We've dealt with the real issue now, so we won't be seeing these guys again for a while. Stack Overflow - 1 Cheaters - 0 Yeah, it looks like ...


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If I as a mod on Stack Overflow destroy an account for spam, you could immediately put a brake onto any linked accounts to require either more "I am human" validation or just hobble to one post per week and then flag up that account to the site moderators as one that's posted spam elsewhere. You could also feed the spam posts into the anti-spam program as ...


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This is an extreme abuse of two different systems: closing and editing. Folks who engage in such behavior risk having their accounts suspended or worse. Thank you for reporting this; the user involved has been warned.


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Well, there are a few popular strategies here, and considerable debate as to which is the "best"... I'll lay them out and leave the decision up to you. The Archivist This strategy involves carefully monitoring a moderator's activity over time, potentially many months or even years. Notes are taken of any inconsistencies between what the moderator says and ...


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This is obvious, and blatant abuse. It's being dealt with. This particular account does not care about the rules, our community or anything else that doesn't deliver a gift wrapped lump of code, despite accepting several answers. So now it's a short lived game of Space Invaders, as the individual(s) keep creating new accounts. Not all twelve hands are ...


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I have unsuspended you (it would have only lasted for a few more minutes though). For the record, as you know this was the message that was removed as offensive, causing the suspension: @sbi then this is a case of "people not reading" and then trying to defend their BS instead of acknowledging that they are wrong I can see why people would flag that. A ...


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Is there a way to block him entirely? Well... Maybe... But if that's not convenient, just flag and move on. The mods are used to this clown, and have no qualms about just destroying new accounts as they come in. I've been keeping my own little list as well.


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No one is making you give that user money. As long as it is not against the Terms of Service, anything goes on personal user profiles.


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Flag the post for moderator attention (use the other option) and explain your suspicions. Blackmail such as that is not tolerated on the SE family of sites, but it's up to the moderators to investigate and take action. They can also see deleted comments to gather evidence.


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Sure. Some users have Amazon Wish Lists in their profile. Nobody is forcing you to donate/pay/buy anything. If you feel generous enough to reward someone for their help, go right ahead. If not, feel free to ignore it.


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You've been contacted 4 times by moderators (3 times for self promotion), going all the way back to 2011. It is not as if you hadn't been asked nicely before. If you ever feel like you are experiencing moderator abuse, your best bet is to contact the community team by using the help link on any Stack Exchange site. We are not normally in the business of ...


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Here I interpret star spamming as starring every message so that meaningful stars are drowned out and do not appear on the starboard, or repeatedly starring and unstarring messages to create distraction and irritation for others. A few verified facts Anyone can star a message directly from the transcript page, without even being in the room. A person ...


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Flag for moderator attention, misusing this powerful ability is rather damaging and the moderators will put a stop to it. I'll add that the moderators have no way to only remove this specific ability, a user that continues to misuse this privilege after being warned is likely to get their account suspended.


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As a moderator I had such a case on my site and asked what if anything should be done, and the answer I got back from the community team was that moderators shouldn't try to do anything about off-site behavior: our responsibility is with things that happen on the site. If a pattern of abuse emerges (that is, this wasn't just a one-time burst and the user ...


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The first step would be to at least try to raise the issue on meta. If he/she never speaks up, others may never realize there's a problem. He/she should focus on the merits of the question rather than make a case for personal discrimination right out of the gate. If all else fails, he/she can always reach the community team by using the "contact us" link at ...


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2018 Answer: We're going to consider this. This didn't make as much sense in 2009 as it does today mostly because in 2009, people came here for the rules; they were fed up with other platforms where the noise far outweighed the signal and at that time a little abrasiveness, even when kinda obsessive, was a price most were okay with paying for high signal ...


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Shamelessly stolen from Robert Cartaino and edited somewhat heavily to work as an answer rather than an email, here's our usual stance on this sort of thing. We get a lot of requests from project teams about how they can use Stack Exchange to support their communities. Stack Exchange works really well for technical support, as long as the company not trying ...


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It looks to me you like you brought a math question to the C++ chat room. You were asked (politely at first) to take it to SO proper, but some mild hostility arose when you told people to Google the math concept and to just not answer if they don't know what you're talking about. That's really not how you should behave in a room that's set aside for a ...


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We generally discourage calling out a specific user on Meta, as doing so generally leads to an even bigger mess to clean up. You have two ways of raising a formal complaint about a user and indicating that you'd like something done about it: Flag for moderator attention - We're your best bet. There's generally at least two or three of us active at any given ...


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When we get spam, it is almost invariably by users with 1 rep point whose network profiles are also at or around 1 rep. I am reasonably certain that all spammers I've deleted should have been deleted network-wide. This would suggest that it may well be a good idea to propagate deletions across multiple sites. At least as long as those users have very low ...


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I assume you are reffering to this question, followed by this question. The first question was closed for good reason. As the comment by Kev states: We expect you to have attempted to solve this problem by yourself rather than asking the community to arrive at a complete solution for you. When you've got some code to show us that demonstrates some ...


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Just to note that we do have facilities in place to address situations like this. Talk of suicide, abuse, or other signs obvious harm to oneself or others are handled internally by employees properly equipped to do so. When anyone sees a situation like this, it is best to notify us directly rather than trying to confront users online. A public spectacle in ...


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Not every type of unwelcome activity is enumerated, but when you see a user flogging a feature or exploiting some use case wildly outside how it was intended to be used, it is abusive. And when that activity needlessly irritates users or becomes generally unpleasant, it's trollsome. We do throttle a lot of these repetitive activities through the core code, ...


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A question should not change its meaning once it has answers, especially if one of the answers has been accepted. Rather than changing the meaning of the existing question, the user should ask a new question, and keep the question as it was before. Questions are not for recycling, which means that once the OPs get an answer, they cannot use the questions to ...


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Ok, first off: next time someone tells you they're gonna "prove online cooperation isn't functioning", contact a moderator. It's a lot easier to convince someone of your story when you're telling it before bad things happen. Second: if this starts to happen again, contact a moderator. The user in question hasn't been active since his suspension; if he ...


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Every single time that every single user exercises a privilege*, there's a proverbial paper trail. If someone is abusing one of their privileges, in many cases the system will detect this and prevent them from using that privilege for a short time. For instance, if you suggest too many edits that are subsequently rejected - the system will give you some ...


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All he did was run a little script for a minute. Don't you think you're overreacting just a bit? As mentioned earlier, you were annoyingly starring tons of messages. That chat room wasn't even one with major discussion. It is used as a "testing" room quite often (which you full well know). There is absolutely no "abuse" happening. He could kick you just for ...


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Create a "Destroy as spam account" function for moderators. As part of the procedure do the following: Automatically generate a flag on any site that account is registered on for that user ("Network Spammer Detected") Automatically generate a flag for any other accounts with the same IP ("Possible Network Spammer") Prevent creation of new accounts on all ...


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The problem here is not the filter. No matter how strict you set a filter, there will always be a way to go around it. Or, in the worst case you end up blocking a lot of false positives. The problem in my opinion is the activity on some sites. Some sites simply don't have enough (moderating) users that are on the site very frequently. If you would have had ...


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