The body building spam seems to be relentless and while lot more is blocked, we still see close to 4-5 posts every day about this.

A search for "muscle" indicates that so far there have been 445+ such posts. Can we add muscle to the blacklist?


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The easiest fix would be to put all posts that contain "muscle" without "muscle memory" (since numerous questions use that phrase legitimately) through the Low Quality Posts review queue.

I realize that's not optimal, since LQP isn't really designed for flagging/identifying spam. An alternative would be to insert it as a task for First Posts at the top for quickest handling, since the vast majority of spam, in my experience, is its user's first and only post.

Maybe it would be nice if there was a Triage queue here like there is on Stack Overflow? If there is a secret internal examination place, problematic terms like "muscle" could be a good keyword to send stuff into there.

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    I’m down voting this because I think you’re well intentioned but a bit off in your understanding of things, “Sometimes I really wish Super User had a Triage queue for stuff like this.” They do. The reality is while some SPAM clearly gets through, a few handfuls of them is far better than the great deluge an unfiltered system contains. Which is to say, I am pretty confident that when things get tagged as SPAM here, they are sent to a queue only the security and development team can see. And from there, improved filtering happens. So as far as we “normals” go, I think the system works well. Jan 8, 2016 at 19:08
  • It's pretty rare for spam to last more than a minute or two before being deleted by flaggers. SU has lots of users who flag spam they see on the main page. A minority of users contribute on the review queues. So it would add to queues that already could use more reviewers, and sit there longer than on the main page.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 9, 2016 at 0:49
  • BTW, my belief is that this stuff really isn't spam in the sense that somebody is trying to sell something or attract people to malicious web pages. They spend more time creating the post than it remains up, and nobody in their right mind would deal with the creators of these crude/ridiculous posts. Seems more likely that it is people trolling the site with irritants.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 9, 2016 at 0:51
  • @fixer1234 Basically, there are tons of bots out there that are just programmed to create accounts, abuse accounts and post crap like this. And if they get banned, it’s all automated. So it is SPAM, but it’s in the sense that we are seeing one mere drop in a larger ocean of junk. The system here just does a great job of triaging this stuff. Jan 9, 2016 at 1:51
  • @JakeGould: I stand corrected. It's people using bots to dump crap on the site. :-) My point was that even if the crap wasn't deleted, nobody here would click on it. There's no real expectation of a payoff from these posts (between the subject matter, post content, shady appearance, and momentary existence), so it seems like their only purpose is to irritate people and troll the site.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 9, 2016 at 2:04
  • @fixer1234 Perhaps, but as someone who has cleaned up tons of malware infections on websites, they are basically just throwing spaghetti at every virtual wall out there. Here it’s quite obvious this stuff won’t stay, but nobody in charge of a bot net will just turn off one script because it’s not efficient. It’s like menus getting shoved under your door; it just never stops even if the results are not what’s expected. Jan 9, 2016 at 2:09

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