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Which proper action should be taken to handle this suspicious post?

I was the moderator who handled that flag. It's not spam, and that profanity is part of the extension name. There was also a rude/abusive flag on the post and no spam link when I saw it. Should ...
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The Master Spam List: Known spammers, spam domains, and associated IP addresses

Tenorshare and affiliates Data recovery, password recovery, video conversion, and PDF conversion spam. Has various other names such as SmartKey. The scale of the spam and the fact that multiple ...
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Dealing with a troll that's flooding the site with plagiarized answers

We've talked to the CM team about it. It so happens I have a week or two before my next job gets settled. While I typically discourage pinging me for mod related issues -it might be ok here.... the ...
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HTTP Downloader Spam Answers

I think there's nothing left to do at this point. It has been flagged to oblivion. Amusingly even if it wasn't spam, IIRC google take out files are only available for a limited amount of time, I don'...
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What should I have done with this spammy answer?

For the interested, the entire body of the answer: Below is the best free download for full system information. http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html I have to agree that the post was low ...
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Is an answer still spam if it answers the question correctly?

Answers that simply drop the name of a product, without going into how to use the software to solve the problem at hand, are generally bad answers. If the software is not free on top of that, then it'...
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Should this be considered spam?

This is spam. The text of the post in question (minus the link) is as follows: Some Firewall software may affect the speed of the internet because these software filter the incoming and outgoing ...
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Korean spam attack?

It's not just this site; MathOverflow, Stack Apps and Ask Ubuntu are under attack as well. Here is a list of those posts. SmokeDetector will cast four spam flags on all these posts (so only two by '...
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Should I have flagged this question?

Yes, you should - Its definitely spam, and you should flag it. Well, if I hadn't deleted the user anyway.
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Possible spam question, how to proceed?

If something looks fishy to you, raise a flag on it. Bringing it up on meta is usually unnecessary. The spammers have been dealt with accordingly.
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Why is this audit spam?

This particular user (could be more than one, I suppose) keeps coming back and promoting the use of "R-HUB remote support servers" despite the moderators continuing to destroy their accounts....
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How to deal with spam+answer?

This has been discussed on Meta Stack Exchange: Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged? Bottom line: downvoting spam isn't really useful, and in some cases, downvoting spam questions ...
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How to deal with spam+answer?

Voting a question down can actually hide it from certain views of the home page so if it is just plain spam it can actually reduce its visibility to other users who would otherwise have flagged it as ...
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Answer copied and filled up with spam

The timeline of the answer suggests that this didn't happen in the review queue. Apart from that, it's pretty obvious that this is spam, so it shouldn't have been edited out, even if the answer weren'...
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

My piece of advice would be not to escalate this and call people names, or assume bad intentions. This user voiced their opinion and they're entitled to do so. I agree the comment thread got a little ...
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Spam through autobiographer badge?

I asked about this on main meta, since I feel this is a broad, network wide issue, and I came across this entirely by accident. This... has been going on a while, and our spammers are actually ...
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Dealing with a troll that's flooding the site with plagiarized answers

There's a chatbot called SmokeDetector which detects spam and offensive content and reports it to a special chatroom. I've submitted some code to the bot so that it reports content posted by the troll....
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Can we stop advertising Crucial.com?

Whether you like it or not, many people like Crucial.com, and we have no problem whatsoever with users of our site recommending Crucial.com, as long as: the answers consist of more than just a link ...
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

One of the things about any kind of troubleshooting is that it often requires a tangential approach to find out what the exact problem is, it could be with a component of something else. Sometimes it ...
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Korean spam attack?

I'll try to keep an eye out. The community team is aware and I know they have a very special spanner for throwing into the works here
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

There is a Flag capability for comments. The flag shows up when you place your curser to the top left of the comment text. For the most part everyone here is trying to help, even if they have ...
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Could I be the first to say that this is scam?

Meh. Flag it. Then other people flag it. Then it deeeeeead. Unless a mod finds it. In which case its dead even faster.
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Serial keys hidden in HTML comments - what to do?

I believe what you've done is right: Flagging for moderators to cleanup those revisions containing piracy. I am the one who reported the surprising promotion to SmokeDetector. Prior to that I had ...
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My answer keeps getting suggested edits from spambots

Spammers work in mysterious ways - I guess your answer has certain keywords their bots love and it keeps attempting to edit. Frustratingly enough - there's not much to do - just let our lovely ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

I declined it as it was obvious that the user was not intending to only spam their site. At the point which i saw it the user was attempting to meet the wishes of the commenters. Accepting the spam ...
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Is all spam also rude or abusive?

This seems like poor UI design, but internally spam and offensive flags are handled very similarly. Unlike other flags, they allow regular users to take direct action without moderator intervention. ...
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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?

You state this: I'd like to think the StackExchange community is more polite than this; and that "spam" mean something narrower than "something off-topic that takes time to read." This reads ...
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Add a domain to the spam blacklist

Moderators don't have direct access to modify the blacklist; that can only be done by developers, and is non-trivial. However, having destroyed the spamming user and spam-deleted the offending answers,...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

Agreeing with Mokubai, I'd like to note that flags are used to keep the sites clean, not to punish anyone. I was also among the people who flagged that as spam, but after I saw the effort to avoid ...
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