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Questions about suspected user spam, the spam flag or combating spam as a community

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Filtering out the Autobiographer badge from "Recent Badges"

As discussed in this recent post, there is currently an influx of a ridiculous number of profile spammers showing up with the Autobiographer badge in the "recent badges" box on the MO ...
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Why is the question about SO(4) embedding into SU(3) attracting so many troll answers

This question: Is SO(4) a subgroup of SU(3)? has already attracted 5 rude spam answers (most of which have been deleted by the time I posted this, but if you have enough reputation you can see them). ...
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Influx of ridiculous number of spam users – what to do?

There is currently an absolutely ridiculous influx of spam user profiles: almost the entire "recent badges" section in the right-hand column of the main page is full of Autobiographer badges ...
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Ability to flag user accounts as spam

There is currently no method to flag a user account as spam (only posts). However, there is a huge influx of user accounts that are clearly spam (look for the "Autobiographer" badge on the ...
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How to report intrisically spammy user accounts?

Sometimes, I notice that some very odd username is listed on Home as having earned the "Autobiographer" badge, where by "odd" I mean something very much non-mathematical and ...
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What should I do when I see a spam post on MO?

What is the correct way to handle spam on MathOverflow? Can regular users do something when they see a spam post?
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My question looks like spam

I'm trying not to be offended, I know how spam filters work and sometimes someone gets wrongly accused and it just happens to be me. I'm just a little frustrated because I carefully craft this ...
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Flagging spam user

I just noticed an "Autobiographer" badge awarded to this unusually named user: . I immediately moved to flag this obviously spam account, only to realise that ...
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Companies accounts allowed?

The following account looks like some kind of SEO trick. It doesn't seem that I can flag accounts for moderator attention, hence this ...
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How to deal with questions referencing/promoting questionable/'fake' research?

This morning, the following question involving the Riemann Hypothesis was posted: The Riemann Hypothesis Proof (in case it gets deleted: here is its content, albeit in a less readable form) It was ...
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deleting junk spam more quickly

In the last days, there have been several posts which are commercial spam (mostly from India, as it seems) and have no link at all with mathematics. Is it technically possible that one of the ...
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Spam / Crank users

So I have posted a question on MO. It may not be the greatest question in the world, but for some reason it is attracting the attention of some crank user repeatedly signing up as a new (different) ...
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How to prevent with attempted spam edits

Over the last two days there have been two attempts to deface using the edit feature, replacing it by spam. The user names of the robots which attempted edits ...
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Should I flag this question as spam?

At the moment there is the following question on the first page of the questions list: It ...
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How to handle crankery on MathOverflow 2.0?

On the previous MO we had a thread on Tea called "crank post to flag as spam" in which crank posts were pointed out so people could flag them as spam and have them deleted. Seeing how we are now ...