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I think (as a non-member of the mathoverflow community, I just flag spam here) that the spam flag fits perfectly. [e]xists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. The product in question is the article. The author (or someone else who likes him) has been spamming this article over 30 times so far. (Thats just ...

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Rest assured that the moderators are well aware of this user and his sockpuppets. I have now placed this question under protection so that these entities cannot post further nonsense. The usual basins of attraction for this particular user involve RH, the Goldbach conjecture, the abc conjecture, and sometimes primality testing, and I have occasionally ...

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There are now lots of similarly named accounts (having to do with car insurance) showing up in Recent Badges. I think they are effectively spamming in the Recent Badges space. Going back further, there is another set having to do with dentists in Dubai... I advocate for immediate destruction of such clusters of accounts, and broader network-level blocks ...

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There aren't any rules against it. However, that doesn't mean that your company profile can go around posting links to your website/product in all your answers: the rules outlined in the help article on How not to be a spammer still apply. This means that you shouldn't link to your company website unless if it contributes to the answer, your affiliation is ...

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Any user with at least 15 reputation points should flag the post as spam. After 6 spam flags, the post is deleted. In addition to being deleted, even for users who can see the deleted posts, the content of the post is hidden - although they can still access the revision history. The same thing happens after a total of 6 flags that are either "spam", or "rude ...

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I'm happy to hear what the community thinks, but my instinctual reaction would be to destroy it. The account has no business here and the page is meanwhile free billboard space: not something I think should be condoned.

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The SEO trick won't work; for users with a reputation less than 2000, the link has a nofollow attribute, which makes Google ignore it for SEO purposes. According to this answer, you're allowed to create a 'company account' as long as you're the only one who is using it. The general stance of Stack Exchange on this kind of 'spam' seems to be that you can ...

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We don't have a way currently to remove a specific badge but we do have a built-in way to remove a type of badge - by class (gold, silver, bronze). As such, I've just removed all bronze badges from appearing in the right sidebar "Recent badges" section to address this issue. We're still looking at what we can do about the actual issue with the spam ...

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Spam (i.e. commercial advertisements) should be flagged as such. -- Six spam flags delete a post.

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Unless the accounts start posting there's nothing to worry about. It's spam, yes, but low impact spam whose purpose (search engine optimization) is blocked wholesale by the SE software. The general directive to moderators is to not worry about these. If this actually poses a problem then presumably a Community Manager (i.e. SE employee) should be able to ...

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I brought this up in the Charcoal HQ chat (about Charcoal). They pointed out a few technical hurdles, and also pointed me to evidence that SE has simply decided this issue is not important enough to fight. For instance, I suspect one reason they haven't implemented something like the suggestion Martin linked to is that they realize that would just be the ...

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IP blocking is already done automatically. Make sure to reject the edit for vandalism so that the right mechanisms are triggered. If you see repeated acts of vandalism on the same post, then also flag that post for moderator attention so that a human can look at it.

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There is a new system in place (rolled out late last year) that protects from this sort of thing. It's fed off of the community and moderators taking normal actions, and it's global to the network. If users on Stack Overflow (as an example, all sites feed into and subscribe to it) reject edits as spam, they significantly impair the ability of the spammer ...

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Yes. We've recently deployed a new spam blocking system that is partly fed by the signal that it receives from the community and moderators during the normal course of moderation, which includes getting rid of spam (and the accounts that post it). If you see obvious and blatant spam like that, flag it as such. Moderators should also destroy these obvious ...

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I've tried destroying a few accounts with spammy profiles, and it takes less than 30 seconds to do each one. However, looking through the list of "autobiographer" badge recipients, I would guess we have over 5000 such accounts, and I'm not particularly inclined to repeat this process 5000 times. Based on this discussion at Meta.SE, it seems the ...

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By trimming the question down to half (until example with $\frac{1}{\beta-\alpha}$) I could post it and then edit it to full length without problem. The comments to my question indicated that this is legal behaviour here. I'm still wondering if it is a bad sign that the spam detector can be tricked like that, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm glad the ...

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There is no clearly defined networkwide policy on this topic, because the rules on self-promotion only apply to posts, not user profiles. Your ‘About me’ is your own space, and as long as it’s not offensive to others, you can put there whatever you want. That said, it’s clear that this user is up to no good. I'm not sure if the ♦ moderators want to ...

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