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Questions tagged [spam-handling]

For question or suggestion to handling spam.

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How can I report user profile as inappropriate?

Is there a way to report a user based on their profile? I found a user whose profile description is clearly promoting a strip club as is their profile pic. I'm looking to report them based on their ...
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Should a post be flagged as spam if an author is clearly *not affiliated* with the promotion?

While I was going through the review queues today, I came across this answer: My original reaction was to flag it as spam, but then I reread the description under the spam flag: spam ...
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Why does the site tease me about a comment I can't view?

A deleted answer marked as spam shows a "show 1 more comment" link, but clicking the link does not show the comment. Reloading the page does not make the problem go away. The deletion itself is ...
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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

... whoever manages / monitors this forum and removes the annoying spam health / medical rubbish which appears is doing a fantastic job. This is for Ubuntu questions, not 411 spam. Keep up the good ...
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Change in domain name

My domain name changed from bodhizazen.net to bodhizazen.com All the .net links now apparently point to spam. I got a message about this in the comments from your staff here /usr/sbin/update-info-...
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Suggested edits: is this spam?

I'm sure it is, but just checking that this indeed happens to the system. Anyway, who would waste time in such ridiculous and useless thing? PS: linked question is about blocking spam, not about ID. ...
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Obscure links to promote service

There's an interesting question (link for 10k'rs only) that was posted recently. On face value, it looks like a valid post. It asks a valid ubuntu question, but if you look a bit closer, it has a ...
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Why my spam flag has been declined?

I flagged this answer. For those who can't read the deleted answer I am posting it here: I prefer to use virtual environments to install Ubuntu. You can use Vagrant or Docker. Both are excellent ...
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Completely off-topic, promoting!

In the past hour, I have seen two off-topic question promoting a service. Both were marked as spam. I am not even on that much, so if there is two this hour, and there is on average one a hour, 24 a ...
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We should have an anti-spam filter at the 'Ask a question' stage

We have about 20 to 40 spam posts a day. Why shouldn't there be a feature to prevent this? Some ideas as to how we can do this: Search for words, and if post matches... (I've found the most common ...
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Possible spam page pointing cloning or pointing to askubuntu.com, how can I report it? [duplicate]

I recently noticed on my google webmaster account that a link was pointing to my website - which I did not recognise, so I thought I would visit it (in an incognito window) to see what it was and it ...
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Filtering SPAM on AskUbuntu [duplicate]

Why are beauty products spam being constantly posted on AskUbuntu? Its very irritating. I know that this cannot be filtered by bots but aren't there a faster way to delete these spams? There had ...
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Dealing with this user

This morning the active questions page is flooded with spammy-like answers from this user: satomi. They all suggest to use the same software, and they are all structured in the same way, starting ...
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Should I keep an eye on spam-like answers about free software? Or why do people spam-promote free software?

I mistakenly flagged this answer as spam. The flag was rejected. At first I tought the reason was that in first place the answer, on-topic or not, didn't refer to any paid software, but just to a bash ...
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What exactly is considered “spam” in Ask Ubuntu?

Now I know that there have been questions that have already been asked related to this topic, But they don't answer my question. My question is this: what is actually considered as spam over here? I ...
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Feels like a promotion attempt - is it spam?

I was doing Late Answers review when I bumped into this question: How do I export saved passwords from my firefox password manager? The new user basically repeated a previously posted answer. They ...
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What is considered spam and what is not? When should I flag?

As the title says, my main question is: What is considered spam and what is not? When should I flag something as spam and when should I not? I read some meta posts about this, the most relevant ...
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Suggested Edits spam

Errmm... I keep getting things like this on the review thing - it seems to be anonymous users spamming... Here is a screen-shot in case the link does not work: Is there anyway of blocking this? ...
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Regarding the recent wave of spam - what are we doing about it?

There's been a lot of spam and nonsense posted lately, everything from love connections to kids struggling through puberty demanding to be made moderators. What is being done about this, and what ...
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Checking for phone numbers in spam filter

Is it possible to edit the spam to check for phone numbers? This black magic guy who keeps spamming always uses phone numbers, is it possible to check for this and try to block him?
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SPAM attacks again!

Today we found a clever way spammer are trying to prevent falling into the spam protection system... that is recommending software relevant to the question so people in their curiosity search what is ...
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Scammers try to push Windows App to Ubuntu & Sock puppets on askubuntu.com

Had posted (now gone) a question on how to install a franchise fraud application on Ubuntu, as he seemingly can't get it to work. Researching what this application is, I couldn't help myself but ...
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Spammers are being nastier withing the second!

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/...
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Are spammers attacking the website?

This time two unregistered accounts with successive user numbers are the ones. One posts a question while the others posts seconds later with the spam answer solicited by the off-topic question. ...
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Best way to notify the moderators?

So in the wake of the UFC-spam attack last night, I (like many of you) used-up all of my flags trying to fight the onslaught of crap being posted on our site. At one point, I noticed my flag amount ...
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Please add a new privilege that allows unlimited flagging to help combat spam!

A massive spam attack happened and I am only allowed to flag 9 of them. I didn't see any privileges that lifts this limit. If, at a certain point, this restriction is lifted, then delete this ...
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Should spam-only accounts always be deleted?

Should accounts that have posted spam and don't appear to have contributed any non-spam content to the site always be deleted? My understanding--from limited observation and this may be wrong!--is ...
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Should we commment on spam to get it deleted faster?

Recently I observe that obvious spam often gets far more down votes than spam flags would be needed for community deleting and locking: Should we in case of an obvious spam post leave a comment so ...
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How to deal with nonconstructive comments?

I read some kind of rule on SO or some sub site that were like this (very vague) You should not question the purposes, the if's and how's of why a particular person wan't to do a particular ...
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Should spam posts be edited, or still just flagged?

We've had an upswing of spam recently (hopefully short-lived), and I've noticed a few users editing spam posts to remove links. This has traditionally been considered a wrong approach on Ask Ubuntu. ...
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Don't edit spam answers, just flag them

We've been hit by way more spam than normal, just thought I'd point out these discussions on meta that might be useful to folks: What can we do about the increasing amount of spam on Ask Ubuntu? ...