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Questions tagged [spam]

Unwanted content, usually promoting a third-party product in unfavorable ways.

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How do I handle an answer that appears to be written by a bot?

I'm a moderator over at Robotics.SE. I've seen new-ish users in the past come to promote sites, products, etc. I've seen brand new users come in to post what is clearly spam (something along the lines ...
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What is the purpose of anonymous greetings in a forum?

I'm moderator in a very small forum. It has areas for many different IT-related topics (in German), and several sub-forums (in English) that serve as support areas for various open source libraries. ...
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Google Plus “!” account bots

I am a moderator on a Google Plus community and we have accounts that start with an "!" and some nonsense after it. Does anyone know where these come from and how to deal with them (in addition than ...
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How many complaints is enough to consider a post/comment as improper on an online press site

We are about to run an online complain system for our online news press system with about 10000 members and readers daily. Like any other online forum, we receive improper (spammy) comments containing ...
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How can a marketer participate in technical community without being rejected as a spammer?

Our moderator team received a private message this week from a marketing agent that represented a company in our industry. They are interested in posting news about the company in our community. We'...
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How can a leader set expectations for response times to flags?

I moderate a forum with a dedicated following of 150-200 users. In general, there are a couple posts an hour throughout the day from my users. There are times that a spambot will find us though and ...
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Wordpress Anti-spam measures?

I host a WordPress blog that has been hit with a huge amount of spam in the last three months. I've tried to install several anti-spam plugins that are highly rated, but it doesn't help. What else ...
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How do I encourage a site to allow community spam control?

I am active on a site that is predominately about user supplied content. Users can upload content with little restriction, and the for profit backers manage most of it with paid staff. Often spam ...
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How do I advertise without spamming?

I've built a piece of software. It is for a small niche hobby. There are a few communities, outside of the one I usually frequent, that appear active in this area and I've seen complaints in a couple ...
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How can I teach my community to recognize spam?

On the site that I moderate we occasionally get spam posts, varying from SEO spam to blogspam to outright discount Rolex spam. While the latter is generally easy to recognize, the former two are often ...
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How do I identify spammers?

I'm a moderator on a small site. I can't afford to build my own filtering system for automated spam. But surely this is a solved problem; some sites do have built-in tools for identifying spammers ...
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How can I better curate against blogspam?

I am a moderator of a subreddit - a sub-section of Reddit where link and text posts with a specific focus are aggregated and shared. One of my primary responsibilities is to curate the "front page" of ...