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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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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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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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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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Combatting Spam: Enhancing Keyword Approval and Filtering

That's what smoke detector essentially does. It is not running because of the ongoing moderator strike. See also
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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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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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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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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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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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"Our system has identified this post as possible spam" - Audit

This is actually driven by the spam detection system, where posts or edits from untrusted networks can trigger the alert to help folks recognize the need to be extra-vigilant: The review system ...
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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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What should I have done with this spammy answer?

I took a closer look at the deleted answer and it doesn't really appear to be spam. Belarc Advisor, the utility linked in the answer, is in fact a legitimate program. The post was nonetheless deleted ...
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"This looks like spam"

A proven solution to having your question blocked by spam filter is: make a post on meta and have meta regulars help you. However, if you don't have enough reputation to do that, you can do the ...
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Is this answer spam?

While we should indeed give new users the benefit of the doubt there is a very fine line between a genuine but misguided attempt to help and an excuse of an answer only intended to post a link. If ...
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Checking if a post is spam

For what it is worth, I saw it and decided that the "my name is the same as the blog" didn't count as enough disclosure. On top of that our spam rules also prefer that posts pointing to your own blog ...
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Spambots promoting personal enhancement products, can we better defend against them?

Obviously I'm biased, but I think Charcoal, especially since the moment autoflagging was enabled, has drastically reduced the impact spam has on the front page of Super User. Most spam of that variety ...
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Please clean up diskpart.com spam by user Metaphor

Just to close the loop This was a case of boom tommorrow. Always boom tomorrow.
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Question about spam site incorrectly deleted as spam

At an absolute minimum Websites and Web applications are explicitly off topic here except insofar as the problem is with your computer or browser. As such it should have been closed and deleted. ...
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How to deal with answers that are "Essentially a spam"

If you think it's "essentially spam", you're in fact saying that it's spam. In other words, if the whole point of the answer is to promote some off-site product/site/resource, and the answer ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

Well, while removal of spam is a valuable thing - in some situations its nice to have a certain degree of flexibility... And well, this is one situation where the human touch works better than ...
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