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How to deal with answers that are "Essentially a spam" [duplicate]

So I came across an answer while reviewing late answers that was essentially a spam and was focused on promoting the poster's own program and website. His own profile and his answer ("our" ...
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Is this answer spam?

I came across this answer in the First Answers review queue which I wasn't sure about, so I was hoping to get some insight from other members of the community. On the one hand, it does kinda-sorta ...
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Should I have flagged this question?

Earlier today, I came across a question asking for recommendations for software for an automotive repair shop. This question is clearly off-topic, and I voted to close it as "Questions seeking ...
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Why is this audit spam?

I just received this review audit in the Low Quality Posts queue. Here is a screenshot: I passed the audit, but only because I noticed that the user who posted it was deleted, so I opened the post in ...
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Answer copied and filled up with spam

The content of one of my answers was copied and a new answer was created (with some spam added). This was then "corrected" by a user with a score over 2000. Since he was only shown the "...
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Checking if a post is spam

This answer links to the author's site. It is a poor answer, and could only be used in conjunction with the author's site as a vital detail (what the "program" is) is missing. Does Thanks ...
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shouldn't a spam post not bump a post up after the spam post is removed?

I notice this old thread How can I migrate mails from Yahoo! Mail to Google Apps? got bumped up it got bumped up because a spam post was made. the spam post was removed but it remained bumped up.
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Korean spam attack?

We seem to be under an attack from a Korean spamming group. They make a post about every 3 minutes, which gets deleted through flag as spam in less than 1 minute. Is there a way to stop this at all? ...
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HTTP Downloader Spam Answers

Just a heads up to reviewers tonight: there’s a newbie who has been posting answers to questions about large downloads. He has answered at least 5 other questions the same way: promoting his app. Here’...
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"Our system has identified this post as possible spam" - Audit

I'm a bit confused about what I just saw and would love to get some clearification. I was just doing post reviews and came across an answer that had written above it: Our system has identified ...
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How to deal with spam+answer?

We have spammers on the site. Normally, you vote them down + flag: spam. However, if the spammer also self-answers their own post with an answer (that is also spam btw), what do we do to the answer? ...
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My answer keeps getting suggested edits from spambots

I have been noticing a trend that my this answer, always gets edited by some spammer (may be a bot). It's only that answer and no other answer in any of the other SE network. Finding subdirectories ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

I flagged this post for obvious spam link inserted in the end when posted in Charcoal HQ. Check the first version here. After looking at the user's profile and the link in the end, I flagged it as ...
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Serial keys hidden in HTML comments - what to do?

Today, these two posts were 'vandalized' by their author. This got picked up by the SmokeDetector bot, and as I attempted to roll them back to their original state, I noticed they both had (probably ...
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Spam through autobiographer badge?

Discussion on MSE I noticed this today when looking at badges. Obviously these accounts will probably be nuked by some type of spam script, but for now it's mildly annoying that I can't celebrate ...
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Which proper action should be taken to handle this suspicious post?

Recently I see through this question: How to paste text into input fields that block it? There is a late answer includes a link which it looks to be suspicious: From what I read in other site meta ...
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Dealing with a troll that's flooding the site with plagiarized answers

Over the last several days, we've been seeing a novel trolling attack on Super User: a flood of answers containing plagiarized content posted by a user called "Marlin Woods": The user creates a new ...
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"This looks like spam"

I have a complex issue. It is a rare issue and has been plaguing me for several years. Therefore, it needs explaining. Therefore, it's long - 7237 characters produced over two hours of constant ...
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What should I have done with this spammy answer?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, so I can't repost its whole text) as spam. I was later greeted by this message in my flagging history: declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no ...
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Blacklist "Muscle" on Super User

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+ ...
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Could I be the first to say that this is scam? [closed]

https://superuser.com/q/979061/277991 is a scam. Could anyone vote this post as scam?
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Sudden influx of Korean spam

Has someone been fiddling with the filters? 10 or so Korean spam posts on Super User within the past few minutes. Can we get this banned?
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Should this be considered spam?

Reviewing the first posts queue, I run into this question. The last answer seems to have a link for the Firewall keyword, which leads to a commercial firewall (and doesn't have much to do with the ...
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Even given that some information is unwanted, is it appropriate to use spam mechanisms when a post needs to be more focused?

On “Is there any way to squeeze more performance out of a vintage Itronix GD8000 laptop PC?” (previously titled, “What, for a Paleo computer, can be done to get performance out of an Itronix GD8000?”),...
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

Is reputation only built or assessed by tenure and quantity and not by fewer but well researched, studied and articulated questions and relevant answers? Original title started as this: Why does ...
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Spambots promoting personal enhancement products, can we better defend against them?

I'm seeing a disturbing increase in spam posts promoting personal enhancement products such as male enhancement, hair care, dieting, brain enhancement, and other similar products. The following list (...
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Is all spam also rude or abusive?

I flagged a question as Spam. When I clicked on the Flag link again this is what it showed me: I raised only the Spam flag, so is all spam automatically considered rude or abusive too? What is the ...
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Would a link be considered as a spam?

A user has posted an answer which is correct in respect to the question. But in the end of the answer he has posted a link which has no resemblance to the answer (could be for promoting). So what ...
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Can we stop advertising Crucial.com?

The most top answer of How can I tell what RAM will fit my computer? reads: Crucial is a good place to buy RAM and they have a System Scanner (Windows only) to analyse the memory that is present and ...
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The Master Spam List: Known spammers, spam domains, and associated IP addresses

This is a list of known spammers, spam domains, and IP addresses to which these domains point. This list is derived from spam patterns observed on Super User as well as information from DNS and ...
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How do we identify and respond to "linkless spam"?

Recently, I've noticed a trend towards spam postings that are free of any external link but advertise a product without disclosure. These techniques evade normal spam detection mechanisms and ...
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Is this spam or only a low(er) quality answer?

There is a question concerning PureVPN VPN/PureVPN = make some apps connect directly to internet (whitelist?) The answer seems to come directly from the manufacturer, pointing to its websiste and ...
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Block suggested edit if the edit summary contains an email address

A follow-up from this question. I've noticed that many spam suggested edits have edit summaries that contain an email address (examples: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]). Spambots seem to be treating the edit ...
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Possible spam question, how to proceed?

I noticed this fishy question https://superuser.com/questions/808674/chkdsk-deleted-index-entries-now-my-file-is-gone-how-to-recover-it Answers seems cut-n-paste from three sources, one of them being ...
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Add a domain to the spam blacklist

Recently, I've flagged as spam six answers coming from two new users containing a spam link that promise to earn clickers money. They all go to the same link, and I'm sure that there may be other ones ...
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Is an answer still spam if it answers the question correctly?

I came across this answer in the late review que today. In case it gets deleted, it says: Word Files Splitter is an excellent tool to split a single word file into multiple word files according to ...
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Does SuperUser have a spam problem

I asked a question recently and had a few spam answers. All by people with 1 rep as well... Don't know if it was because I had put a bounty on the question and they didn't know how it worked but I ...
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Improve filtering of spam suggested edits

I've been seeing an increasing number of spam edits in the review queues, replacing the entire body of the post with filler text such as a complement (to get past spam filters), then including a link ...
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What is up with this user?

There is a particular user who seems to be posting really weird, unrelated "answers" to a particular question. The answers seem to contain HTML code that is supposed to generate spam, in my opinion. ...
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Can we search for posts with links to specific domains?

I flagged yet another spammer today, and found she had an older post that got by. This annoys me, since I want them gone and burninated like forgotten toast SU and SE as a whole lets us search for ...
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Vandalism from these 2 accounts

There are several posts from these 2 accounts - https://superuser.com/users/238676/doland and https://superuser.com/users/238678/tyrone, in this question: How to retrieve data from Firefox sync ...
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How should we handle spammers who recreate accounts after deletion?

I've got a spammer by the name of Jesse who just keeps coming, even after several account deletions: https://superuser.com/users/162151/jesse https://superuser.com/users/162150/jesse https://...
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Circumventing spam filters (and deceiving reviewers) by taking part of a legitimate post and adding a spam link--possible solutions?

Users have found a way to circumvent spam filters and deceive reviewers with less-than-keen eyes for spam, by copying part of a legitimate post and adding a spam link. Can we better control this kind ...
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Spammers exploiting the URL in the user profile to bypass spam protection

It seems spammers have found a way to work around spam filters using the URL in the user profile. This can come from the Home Page field in the form that unregistered users must fill out (the ...
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Really cool spambot behaviour

We have a series of spambot questions https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/42353/automate-mac-app-store-installs-upgrades legit question off apple.se https://superuser.com/questions/435721/...
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Can the spamming user Victor be dealt with?

Victor seems to keep posting links to Groupdocs.com on every question even remotely related to PDFs or document management. Some recent examples: https://superuser.com/questions/43321/document-...
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Can we block [bigasoft.com] from spamming our site?

I'm sure I've flagged at least five answers from spam users trying to promote bigasoft.com. They post nothing useful per se, but include links that look like tutorials, but in the end they always tell ...
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Spam from Webupon

We seem to be getting an increasing amount of answers linking to the following page: http://webupon.com/web-talk/yahoo-messenger-problem-solution-to-the-blank-im-screen/ The actual link appears to ...
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Should we edit out spam from spam posts?

An established user had edited a blatant spam post (10k-only), replacing it with the following content: UTTER SPAM Please delete me. I feel that this is superfluous and masks the actual spam content,...
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Can we please blacklist the computersight.com Spam (if possible)?

As most of you will have noticed, the last two days brought us enormous amounts of spam from computersight.com – more specifically the following link: computersight.com / communication-networks / ...
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