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It's still spam and should be flagged as spam. I've seen this occur before elsewhere in Stack Exchange. They're testing the system of sorts, by posting content that is spam and contains SEO text but without links to the spam, either to later answer with spam that contains spam links, or to test if their spam ‘gets past’ without any links such that links ...


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Yeah, for whatever reason spammers tend to become attached to specific sites. AD happens to be a lucky winner: Detected spam over the last month The system has some clever logic in place to block quite a bit of this... but there's a ton coming in anyway, so some will get through. There's also a community project that does rather well.


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Yes - There have been many anonymous edits that are very high quality. Often it's someone who knows their stuff and doesn't want to log in on a strange computer or possibly compromised network but also wants to fix something that's really wrong. You are certainly correct that the majority of simple edits are bad and should be reviewed and rejected. I ...


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The best thing is to bury the post, not editing or commenting at all. Don't feed the behavior. Flag as spam. There's a system in place that detects this activity and will help prevent the spammer from continuing that activity and creating new accounts. This is important since three spam flags banishes the question from the front page. 6 such flags deletes ...


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The most powerful tool we have for immediate use is for everyone to flag as spam on those posts. That ensures the best improvement on the tools to detect and suppress spam. You are right. The past month here has more spam than possibly 10 months before. We the elected moderators sincerely thank you all for flagging these ham fisted spam posts so we can get ...


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I'm mainly interested in avoiding false positives. If someone is legitimate new user to our site and wants to find question they can answer, one way to get a foot in the door might be to recommend a piece of software that solves someone's problem. Of course this is also the model for how a spammer would operate. My main concern is avoiding alienating new ...


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I do not think this is required. The main issue is that people need to flag this as spam, down votes have no effect. After 3 flags it will not be on the front page - so takes less effort by us that your suggestion From meta stackexchnage answer The spam flag is designed to eliminate posts with no relevant content and to penalize the authors: 3 flags (spam ...


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Status: Completed. Thanks for the heads up.


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This So, under my thinking: If a new, mostly unidentified, unregistered, 1-rep user posts an answer to an old question, and the answer mentions/links to a commercial product or service, or a sketchy blog/article linking to such, my shit-detector goes off. describes the way I look for spam myself quite nicely. So if you follow that approach to flag stuff ...


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I really wish there was a one-vote ban-hammer on these - maybe like the gold badge one-vote close. Maybe you could gain a spam-hammer badge after successfully flagging 100 with no false positives, or an ability added to users over x rep [perhaps with a review queue after the fact, to make sure it's not being mis-used]


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I would say - this is the perfect place to ask and make recommendations as long as you are here to answer all sorts of questions and help. When that happens, there's going to be lots of answers that have nothing to do with a specific product you may know and find useful. The astroturfing / spamming is really for when an account only posts marketing blurb - ...


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It's not just Ask Different, but a number of Stack Exchange sites (e.g. Stack Overflow, Super User, etc) do seem to get more than their fair share. Sometimes sites seem to be targeted, while at other times not so much. In terms of your question about whether there's an automated way to stop it, you may like to check out the following: Can a machine be ...


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I'd be more okay with a more aggressive anti-spam approach if we had a help page about "My message got deleted as spam but I wasn't trying to post spam. What happened and what can I do?" that a user got a link to when their post was deleted as spam. That page could describe that first posts that contain either promotion of less-known software or links to ...


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