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Frequent sockpuppeter/spammer Wolfgang Muckenheim is back, and across multiple SE sites (philosophy, mse). This leads me to ask:

Is there anything specific we should do in a situation like this, besides simply flagging the offending user's posts?

I know for example that there are some blacklisted phrases in the SE network; could we similarly blacklist Wolfgang's site (which he always links to)?

(I'd also like to take the opportunity to request that folks not feed this particular troll.)

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  • $\begingroup$ As mentioned elsewhere, the tag (blacklist) would probably be a reasonable fit for this question - after all, one of the suggestions is to blacklist a specific site. (I also thought about (specific-user) and (spam). But these two tags probably do not fit the question that well.) $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2022 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ I also wanted to check whether the site appears in some legitimate posts. Searching for the posts containing the link (and haven't been deleted), I'd say that: The two posts on Mathematics (3768948 and 4185694) seems to be genuine posts, so does this answer on Cross Validated. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2022 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ However, all posts on Philosophy come from the same user - who is now suspended. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2022 at 8:10
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak I mostly understand the suspension, but the user’s answers are informative, so what is wrong with them? $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2022 at 4:45
  • $\begingroup$ @TymaGaidash If you mean the posts on Philosophy, I am not competent enough to say whether or not they were useful. (I now almost nothing about philosophy.) I have mentioned this in the chatroom of that site - maybe somebody might notice that and respond there.) $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2022 at 9:56
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    $\begingroup$ @TymaGaidash: Why are they informative?? $\endgroup$
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    Mar 18, 2022 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ @TymaGaidash There was some response from a moderator of the Philosophy site: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/538/2022/3/23 $\endgroup$ Mar 23, 2022 at 9:59

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Flag, flag, flag. Flag as rude, flag as spam, downvote, flag for moderator attention so we'll see the account and nuke it.

Flag.

Oh, and do not engage. Well-known trolls tend to be attention seekers. Without attention, and with their content quickly removed and their accounts blacklisted, we increase the chance of them not coming back, at least not as often.

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