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How to deal with questions referencing/promoting questionable/'fake' research?

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 ...
Magisch's user avatar
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Flagging spam user

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, ...
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16 votes

What should I do when I see a spam post on MO?

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 ...
16 votes

Companies accounts allowed?

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 ...
angussidney's user avatar
15 votes
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Flagging spam user

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 ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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15 votes

Should tags be removed from spam?

No. Spam should be flagged as spam and removed. Please limit your interactions with spam posts to exactly that.
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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15 votes
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Filtering out the Autobiographer badge from "Recent Badges"

UPDATE: We've blocked Autobiographer from appearing in the recent badges list network-wide so I've removed the general block of bronze badges described below. For more information on the changes that ...
Catija's user avatar
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14 votes
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Why was my spam flag declined on an answer that does nothing but promote the answerer's book?

The answer under consideration is not spam, because it is a valid answer to the question that was asked (and the question was more or less on-topic for this site). Ideally, we would like some kind of ...
S. Carnahan's user avatar
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13 votes

Companies accounts allowed?

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 ...
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10 votes

Influx of ridiculous number of spam users – what to do?

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 ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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8 votes
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Ability to flag user accounts as spam

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 ...
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Why was my spam flag declined on an answer that does nothing but promote the answerer's book?

I did not process that flag, but I agree with whoever did. I think "spamming" is often construed overly broadly anyway. In my mind, the first criterion for judgment should be relevancy, with ...
Todd Trimble's user avatar
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4 votes
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How to report intrisically spammy user accounts?

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 ...
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3 votes

Should tags be removed from spam?

This would be probably more suitable as a comment, but it is too long - to have some stats on this, I'll include some SEDE queries. (So that one can estimate how often tags such as tag-removed and ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
3 votes

My question looks like spam

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 ...
SK19's user avatar
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2 votes

Flagging spam user

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 ...
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