Is it just me or is there more spam than usual the last days? Has anything changed in how we handle spam, making it more visible, or is it just another wave?

  • 5
    It has always and will always probably come in waves. Yes, this seems to be one of those waves. Oct 9 '15 at 19:40
  • Yes, I flagged 7 in the last 2 hours, 4 of which only in the last 5 minutes. Never saw a wave so intense before.
    – kos
    Oct 9 '15 at 19:57
  • Me neither, hence my question... I'm almost at 30 now...
    – Jan
    Oct 9 '15 at 20:02
  • There was indeed a spam peak today. One of the CM's was alerted, and changed the spam filter settings for this site, after which the spam subsided.
    – ArtOfCode
    Oct 9 '15 at 21:18
  • Visited the homepage just moments ago and was met with spam sitting in first position. Immediately flagged it. How can one flag an individual user as a spammer or otherwise naughty person?
    – mheadroom
    Oct 10 '15 at 5:40
  • I am fairly new to the site but I did notice a huge wave yesterday/last night. However, I also noticed that they were flagged and deleted before I actually got them open. I was suitably impressed. Good job, mods. Is there any way to make them disappear from the screen or is it just a timing issue between my refreshing the page and them being deleted?
    – KGIII
    Oct 11 '15 at 22:47
  • Probably needs to be a separate question/feature request @mheadroom
    – Daniel
    Oct 12 '15 at 0:39
  • @KGIII the front page is slightly cached, so the titles sometimes stick around for ~5 minutes or so, but not long.
    – Seth
    Oct 12 '15 at 22:55
  • @mheadroom There is no direct way to flag users. You do have several options though. Use a custom flag on one of their posts, those don't get cleared by post deletion. The other is drop by Ask Ubuntu Chat and ping a moderator. Custom flags work better, but there are some edge cases where they aren't possible.
    – Seth
    Oct 12 '15 at 22:57
  • @Seth thanks. I'm learning my way around, slowly but surely.
    – KGIII
    Oct 12 '15 at 22:58
  • Don't worry, we have Smoke Detectors placed strategically throughout the network, so it helps remove spam fast. Oct 20 '15 at 7:15

It's ironic that you're asking this question in the middle of a new spam wave... >:-)

When looking at all this going on in the chat room, your meta question looked (just for a µ-second) like spam too:

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To answer your questions:

  • Yes, they come in waves (When some "SEO optimizing company" gets hired, probably)
  • No, we still handle it the usual way (humans flagging it as spam)
  • No, we're not making it more visible. (You've just seem your first spam wave apparently)
  • We even have a standard saying: SPAM WAVE! Man the SPAM stations!


Now I'm going back to flag some spam again

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    One of the benefits of Ask Ubuntu being a larger member of the Stack Exchange network is that there are always enough eyeballs on the home page to make sure spam disappears within seconds of being posted. Oct 9 '15 at 20:03

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