I have not ever seen a question containing the word "keto" that was about Ubuntu. Is it possible to prevent Reputation 1 posters from posting a question containing "keto"?


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I'm a room owner of SOCVR and a regular in Charcoal-HQ and those rooms are involved in fighting spam posts across the SE network.

Thank you for noticing these spam posts and offering ideas to put a stop to them.

That specific spam is rather well known and persistent. Only on Ask Ubuntu over 2000 posts have been noticed and flagged. Even today 7 of such posts have been detected, which were deleted after 10, 20, 20, 120, 20, 5 and 60 seconds.

Other spam posts seen today on Ask Ubuntu were for the usual enhancements of body parts and for some investment program. Most of those were removed within minutes.

Do know that some spam posts for Ask Ubuntu are also reported in Raiders of the Lost Downboat.

I admit that none of the above helps in actually preventing the post from even reaching the server and this might be a good moment to reassess if some of the detection logic can be moved to the SE servers. Do know that until that is done the community around Charcoal tries to clean up as soon as spam arrives. It is open for anyone to join.

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  • I think you forgot to mention Baba ji :P
    – Kulfy
    Aug 27, 2019 at 16:07
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    @Kulfy I didn't want my answer to be detected by Smokey ....
    – rene
    Aug 27, 2019 at 16:09
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    In addition to what rene has noted, Autoflagging has been nailing most Keto spam around SE (in most cases it gets 4 autoflags, and we tend to notice it more when it doesn't get 4). As such, the lifetime of posts like that are measured in minutes, if not seconds (depends how long it takes Charcoal's systems to notice)
    – Machavity
    Aug 27, 2019 at 17:25
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    As a mod, I have the dubious pleasure of seeing more spam than most. I remember how it was before smokey and the Charcoal Posse were around, and the Keto spam used to be a huge issue. It simply isn't one anymore thanks to the efforts of the great folks at Charcoal HQ.
    – terdon
    Aug 27, 2019 at 21:33

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