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To the reviewers that check First Time posts, please, be very alert about this new kind of attack:

Spammers are now posting seemly valid answers/questions ripping of other posts/answers inside/outside AU.

Clear example: the answers were deleted as spam, maybe a >10K rep user could take the screenshots

https://askubuntu.com/a/336799/169736 and https://discussions.apple.com/message/22109175#22109175

Another:

https://askubuntu.com/a/336796/169736 ripoff https://askubuntu.com/a/128471/169736

https://askubuntu.com/a/290431/169736 was ripped of here https://askubuntu.com/a/336801/169736

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If you check the edit logs, you will see that I deleted some links, before discovering the pattern. I know I shouldn't edit spam, but at first I didn't think this. Be extra precarious with answers/questions that has links, check where they are heading, and flag it if you feel that is spam.

Moderators will know how to deal with this, and if it's necessary to bring this topic to other sites.

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    FYI: spam posts should not be edited: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/110030/… – Takkat Aug 24 '13 at 20:36
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    @Takkat I wasn't sure it was spam until I noticed the pattern. I was just seeing a kind of "signature". Afterwards I came back and flagged them as spam. – Braiam Aug 24 '13 at 20:41
  • Yeah it's always an issue with those links... I commented for others who may come here too. – Takkat Aug 24 '13 at 20:43
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    I wonder what would happen if first posts containing urls were automatically sent for moderation prior to being accepted. – user25656 Aug 25 '13 at 3:20
  • @vasa1 for that is the "First post" review queue :( – Braiam Aug 25 '13 at 3:30
  • Aren't first posts in the review queue already accessible to everyone including any search engine bots around at the time? – user25656 Aug 25 '13 at 3:38
  • @vasa1 if you mean that they appear in the Review queue inmediatly, yeah, I think is right. – Braiam Aug 25 '13 at 3:47
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    Extra precarious? – TRiG Sep 6 '13 at 16:00

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