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Questions tagged [spam]

Questions about suspected user spam, the Spam Flag or combating spam as a community

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What's with some new contributors flagrantly violating the rules for answering questions?

Recently I have posted a few questions in varying fields and new contributors keep posting with what only can be described as nonsense. Sometimes they're ill attempts at humour other times they are ...
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Why is this spam?

I'm just curious, I was looking at this question with a view to answer it, and suddenly the Community bot deleted it for abuse/spam. It didn't seem like either; it was just a regular question. Does ...
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Question marked as spam/offensive - unable to see complete revision history?

I noticed that this question I answered about a month ago was deleted and marked as spam/rude/abusive. However, revision history seems to suggest nothing of the sort. The originally posted question ...
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Banned content in comments/flags/questions?

Recently the frequent spammer Thierno Sow has returned to MSE. My question isn't directly related to their return, however - rather, I want to ask about a curiosity around the comment system. I wrote ...
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This user is spamming completely irrelevant content in an answer.

https://math.stackexchange.com/a/1932303/272831 https://math.stackexchange.com/users/370219/bas-das This user is posting random content from youtube videos that have nothing to do with math. I ...
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Definition of spam redux: a review audit fail I'm proud of!

The notion of what constitutes spam in Math.SE posts has been discussed before, with links to appropriate Meta.SE posts covering the same ground. With that in mind, please (if reputation permits) ...
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Please don't flag posts containing re-purposed ImageShack image URLs as spam

It has recently been noticed that ImageShack does a horrible thing: they re-purpose old image URLs for advertising purposes. This can lead the impression that some older posts are actually spam, for ...
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Why is this answer “spam or offensive”?

This reply to Is zero odd or even? was deleted (several years ago) by the Community user, which replaced the content with the remark: This answer was marked as spam or offensive and is therefore ...
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What might a moderator do to a trolling/spamming account

I've come across a trolling/spam post by a user with no other contributions to the site. I have flagged this post for moderator attention, but I'm curious: what might a moderator do in this kind of ...
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How to search for links to a particular external site?

Setup: Cooler heads and wiser minds than mine, please consider. I came across a Question that struck me as chatty and not suitable for StackExchange, much less Math.SE. The initial response was ...
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What should I do when I see a spam post?

When I saw a post on this site which can be considered spam, I usually flagged as spam and also downvoted it. I thought that this was the right thing to do - IIRC the downvotes decrease the visibility ...
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Is there any way to permanently lock an answer?

A particular answer of mine, Coin Betting Problem, is being regularly edited as vandalism. I can only assume this particular question and answer are somehow magnets for spam due to the "betting" word. ...
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Offensive/spam downvote penalty

I was wondering about a certain behavior of the reputation system. Suppose that someone flags one of my post as offensive or spam. This immediately issues a $-1$ vote. Does that vote come with the $-...
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“Our system has identified this post as possible spam; please review carefully”

I was reviewing this question, and a warning appeared, stating Our system has identified this post as possible spam; please review carefully Now the question ...
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Definition of spam

I flagged this question as spam. The flag was declined. This was surprising to me, hence the following question. What is the definition of spam being used on MSE?
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Do spam-only posting users get deleted?

Often spammers, or drunk people who feel the need to post racist/sexist/otherwise offensive content come to the site and post something spammy or offensive. The good folks of this community usually ...
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Why is obvious spam put on hold?

This user (among others) has been posting a lot of questions lately which contain nothing but spam. I'm not sure about the reason for the posts, but I would guess it has to do with search engine ...
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What should the offensive and spam flag be used for?

Spam flags and offensive flags are strong weapons: they automatically decrease the points of a post, and with enough flags the post is deleted. On MathOverflow, it is a custom to flag crank posts (...
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Is this considered spam? and what can we do about it?

Recently, as you may have noticed a user has been posting lots and lots of questions about Laplace transformations and has provided little to no work of his own. Is this, in some way, considered spam ...
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A user that posted spam

I noticed today that there were two questions on the site titled something like "aaaaaaaaaa", I flagged both posts as spam. As it turns out, the PO has edited his (real) questions and removed their ...
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What's up with all the spambots?

It seems that we are being raided by vandals. Is there anything to do beside mark as spam? Is the SE network doing anything (possibly legal proceedings, if they are applicable) to help and prevent ...