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Dealing with spam

With our recent spate of spam, a few reminders on how best to deal with it: First and foremost, please flag as spam. That's the first option when you open up the spam dialog, and that will delete the ...
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A Temporary Tweak to Work Around Abusive Posting Patterns

There have been some rather unsavory things posted almost mechanically as of late, and we're seeing an increase in spam / trolling on a couple of other sites. As we can't rule out that these things ...
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Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

This question (now deleted) about the difference between the terms legalization and attestation was posted yesterday. It was posted simultaneously with a self-answer. I thought it was spam immediately,...
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What constitutes spam?

Spam can be defined in various different ways, but for the purposes of a StackExchange site, I have always been of the opinion that a broad definition is generally desirable: Irrelevant or ...
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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

I've just edited a one-sentence question. After editing, I clicked on the link in the body of the question. It led to a survey posted on the web site of a large fast-food chain: nothing to do with the ...
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I don't think we should deface questions that come from trolls, unless they are hate speech or the like

I agree that moderating trolls and limited return-trolls is important. I cannot say I'm sure that this kind of defacing benefits the site more than it punishes the troll. I think it just looks weird ...
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What happens to spam and spammers?

I've noticed recently some spam posts on EL&U. Maybe there already were before, but I've only started to notice them recently. They are true spams, i.e. some random content with a link inserted to ...
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User “John Rock” violates the SE content policy

This user profile: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/21563/john-rock and the 32 other SE profiles linked to it were evidently created to provide link juice for traffic generation through the ...
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Community policing against spam

Noting this question, and an apparent increase in 'spam' here on EL&U, I'd just like to know whether there's a standard response expected from community members and TPTB. Specifically, is it ...
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The rise of the spammers. Or not?

There's been a couple of spam-like or at least extremely low quality 'answers' today - firstly one on What does it mean to have a quick wit? (which has now been deleted) and now one on Finding a word ...
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Should spam posts be down-voted, flagged, or both?

I came a across a spam answer on this question advertising clothes and the like, which I have already flagged for moderator attention. However in this situation is it recommended to down vote the ...
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Should spam be edited out as well as flagged? [duplicate]

Today, somebody posted this answer: afterclap means an unexpected, usually unwanted, repercussion of or sequel to an affair which had been thought to be closed from collins dictionary. Don't forget ...
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What is this “ɹɐʍɯɐq” nonsense?

EDIT: Rewrote offending word in upsidedownascript so as not to provide free advertising for the spamvertiser. I may be seeing this only today. Maybe it's been going on since a long time but the only ...
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Is saying thank you in this webboard consider as spam ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette on addressing fellow-users StackExchange seems to be a serious website that everyone interest on the quality of question and answer, i just want to know that is this ...
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“Spam” and “rude or abusive” flag options

My spam flag for the answer below to a question Is the phrase 'request you to send the copy' correct? was marked as helpful. It seems that the post was deleted by spam votes, not by a moderator or any ...