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I would tend to say no, leave spam as-is. Flag it as spam and it will be gone very quickly - very obvious spam (such as the case here) disappears almost instantly because it only takes 6 spam flags from the community to delete a post. Any spam not handled by the community will be gone as soon as a moderator sees it. It's important to leave the context of ...


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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 I raise another flag when found other posts with similar manner? You correctly flagged as spam. Please continue to do so. However: Unfortunately someone ...


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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 malware programs have been found on these IP addresses suggest that the conduct originates from a criminal organization. IP addresses: 54.201.153.20 184.168.229....


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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 right thing to do on the user side is Flag as spam. This should get the current IP address into spamram. Dogpileing him with spam flags would work great. If its ...


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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't think you can split them... so... it would not have been that useful anyway. In future though. On the books? Spam flag it. Reporting it to the smoke ...


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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's very much spam.


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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 quality and did in fact deserve deletion, but the problem is that using the spam flag has some very harsh effects which could in the case of an honest (but low ...


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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 connection in your pc. If you still have a firewall with increased internet speed, it may be due to the antivirus software you have installed could have removed ...


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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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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 can reduce their visibility on the home page if you're early with your flag and vote. In most cases, it doesn't really matter and if it gives you extra ...


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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 spam as well. Once it is hidden you may have to wait for a mod to notice the spam flags to finish the job. Just flagging as spam automatically issues a ...


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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 out of hand. Certainly, chat would've been a better option to discuss this—if there even is a need for discussion. I understand your frustration, but please ...


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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 seemingly adapting to be less visible. I can't find the exact question but stuff like not allowing links in profiles is aimed at making the site less attractive to ...


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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 and are valuable even if the link may break the users are not affiliated to the site Crucial.com may even buy advertising space here. The only thing that wouldn'...


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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 is useful to a user to say "have you thought about..." in order to garner whether the problem lies elsewhere. Due to the way the site works we have to allow ...


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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. This change enables community members to quickly flag and delete these posts. As of this writing, the bot detected at least six new posts by Marlin Woods, ...


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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 different methods, different ideas, and different thinking. Sammyg acquired rep from participating here quite a bit. I am not a mod (at all) but mods have cleaned up ...


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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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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 reviewers reject it (or you can too). There's no tool to protect an answer from bogus edits I can remember (and if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me). As for the ...


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We have as much of a spam problem as the whole internet does. That being said, no, we don't really have a spam problem. We have a couple of spam posts per day. A couple of non-sense posts as well, but it's not like we're drowning in it. Even the trolls like the one you linked in your question are usually squashed within an hour or so. Nothing really stays ...


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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 already flagged the posts for self-vandalism and possible piracy. We don't want anything bad on Stack Exchange, so it'd be good for moderators to purge those keys. ...


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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 flag would have unduly penalised someone who (at that point) was simply trying to be helpful and had apparently accepted they were in the wrong and had engaged ...


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We haven't seen too much of those, looks like bunch of bloke/s too bored/drunk for anything. Next time, just flag for spam/offensive instead of " it needs ♦ moderator attention" - 6 flags of type spam/offensive will automatically nuke the post. You could drop by chat & ask regulars in chat to pitch in their spam flags.


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We shouldn't replace it, but I think that if you are really sure that it is SPAM you could add a header: Spam This post contains an advertisement or a link to malicious content, we suggest you to ignore it. It will soon be deleted by the community and/or moderators; you can help us by flagging the post... Of course, leave this to extreme ...


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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. If 6 spam or offensive flags accumulate on a post, the post is deleted, locked, and the user receives -100 reputation and the information is fed into the ...


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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 like the RBL maintainers responding to small ISP's complaints about inappropriate treatment by placing small ISP's that complained on the RBL. "Spam" doesn'...


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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, the built-in spam tools should have picked up enough information to hopefully prevent any more spam from this user. If you continue to see that specific link, ...


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Searching with url:*example.com* will search for all posts containing the above URL, even if it is embedded


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The user has been destroyed. While not typical spambots, I think we've seen a more 'advanced' kind of spam behaviour where the person seeds the content upon which spam answers can be fed upon. Thanks to our ever vigilant community, a majority of the time these get nabbed and burninated. On the rare occasion such things do slip by - and given that we have ...


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