It's been like this every day for a long time now
Of course I flag it. It's a firehose though..
One of the main spam filtering systems is community-run, and with the stand of the company of moderation of GenAI content, it's hard to justify putting in time and energy.
I also suggest people sign the Open letter to Stack Exchange Inc..
Honestly, on my own sites, I'm itching to get rid of this garbage, but sometimes some pain is needed for long term good. :(
Yes, there has been a serious issue with spam posts over the last couple of weeks that has caused major disruptions to the site. The Trust & Safety team is aware and has been actively trying to combat it. Let me tell you how:
The good news is we have blacklisted a lot of the key phrases that these spammers are using. The bad news is they are really good at being able to change the phrases faster than we can keep up.
I am personally checking this site multiple times a day to do a sweep of the posts. By monitoring the flag queue as well as searching
deleted:true to see which posts have been deleted by red flags I am able to see the bulk of the posts.
Once I have the list of posts I then grab one of the profiles being used to spam. With that I can check for sockpuppets, and 9/10 they have many. With that information, I am able to destroy multiple accounts in one fell swoop.
I do understand that this issue has been incessant and debilitating to the site. Please continue to flag these posts. It deletes them faster and puts them in the flag queue which speeds up the workflow. Rest assured I am using all the tools at my disposal to fight these spammers.
I do not like seeing the site flooded with ads for Turkish Call Girls, Loan Sharks, Penis Enlargers, Voodoo spells, and Gummy Drugs. I have been flagging each spam post I see as spam as well as editing the spam out of the title and body, replacing it with
---------- spam ----------
This gets messaged to the spammer and pasted to their home as an activity.
The spam post seems to get removed much faster than when left alone.
I tried different text strings and this one did not look too offensive to me.
I have been told that editing out spam is not against Ask Ubuntu rules.
From past experience, spam is not a problem here when the moderators are not on strike.
Here is a list of the spammers whose spam I edited. How to Delete them?