Questions tagged [spam]

For questions about the handling of unsolicited advertisements posted to the site by automated bots (and sometimes by real people). Anything that deserves a Flag for Spam.

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When should the Spam flag be used?

Right now the spam tag is labeled as Exsits only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. and in the author's affiliation it says "The community here ...
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Should we do something about spammers?

Should people place a reputation cap of ten before new users can answer a question? This would limit spammers tremendously. If not, should we wait until they have fully registered and block the e-mail ...
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What to do when answers contain links that are now borderline malicious?

In regards to this old question, the answer listed is no longer valid as EA sent the site in question a DMCA and shut it down. What's worse though is that the site now links to a cheat website that ...
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Hello, my name is Self-Promoting Spammer

I'm just getting a hot discussion with @Frank and @SevenSidedDie who are old guys on arQAde, which I suggest solely by their rating. There is a number of questions regarding inability to upload ...
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Please don't vote to close spam questions

Recently, I found a spam "question": stimulating the original collagen and elastin development (mirror for non-10kers) It had -1 votes, 2 views and was asked about 2 minutes ago. I, of course, ...
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Are we interested in getting spam reports to our chatroom?

Over at Charcoal HQ, we run a headless chatbot called SmokeDetector which detects spam or offensive questions and answers from across the entire SE network. It posts all spam reports to the Charcoal ...
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Blade and Soul gold?

This question (new user) asks for the best place to buy gold for Blade & Soul. In a couple of minutes, an answer has come for a specific site (also new user, different one). It smells like spam to ...
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How are 'spam' flags handled?

Lately there have been a few "buy coins cheap" kinda posts on Arqade, and it's almost entertaining to see users jump on them and suppress them quickly. Like a bunch of thugs jumping from the shadows ...
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If I worked for the game I'm answering about, how should I disclose that?

On the one hand, I want to disclose the fact in order to comply with the no overt self-promotion policy. On the other hand, just about anybody can claim that they're the developer of a game and say ...
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Should we flag gibberish answers as spam?

I just had a "not an answer" flag declined, which hasn't happened in quite some time. It reads: declined - This is not "not an answer", this is SPAM. Flag as such. However, if I recall correctly, ...
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Is flagging “obviously unsalvageble, contentless” posts as spam appropriate?

UPDATE: Upon reflecting on what fail badp and Nick T said, I agree that the spam flag should not be used in the situation I outlined, or a similar one. For although I personally feel the answer had no ...
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How can I stop my Inbox from being flooded by spam edits?

It's getting to the point where every time I login to the site, my notification indicator lights up with several "suggested edits" that are spamifications of my questions. The edits are obviously ...
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Please, please, please, don't edit out spam links

So, a Wild User Appears. He posts several answers of dubious quality, all of which include a wildly unrelated commercial link. In other words, SPAM. Now, in each of these cases, well intentioned ...
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Should actual answers containing spam be edited or deleted?

A recently posted answer is really just spam with an answer to the question built around it. If you removed the link, the answer would be fine. But should we be editing these answers, or should we be ...
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How should I “flag” a spam user?

There has been quite a surge of spam accounts on the site lately. These are accounts that open up and post 1-3 pointless answers with a link to some malignant site or another. What I do when I notice ...