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Folks, we have had a few instances of new “users” posting answers that are copy and pastes of other people’s answers. Examples 1 and 2, for those that can view deleted answers.

Some of these are from known spammers, and we believe that they are hoping to get a few unwitting upvotes so that they can get enough reputation points to post lots of (spam) posts in quick succession.

So please be alert when you upvote or clean up new users’ answers, that they aren’t just a copy and paste of someone else’s.

Thanks

  • If we find one of these, should we flag it for moderator attention? – m_goldberg Sep 25 '13 at 11:57
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    @belisarius Got two! mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/32859/5478 now they're probably waiting for a good moment to spam. – Kuba Sep 25 '13 at 12:24
  • @m_goldberg Yes, please. – rm -rf Sep 25 '13 at 14:24
  • @Kuba Sorry, my brain is leaking. What do you mean? – Dr. belisarius Sep 25 '13 at 21:01
  • @belisarius oh, just not very bright joke, I've linked the question marked duplicate which you and Michael have answered. Hope you don't mind ;) I know this case doesn't fit the description :) – Kuba Sep 25 '13 at 21:08
  • @Kuba :) Upvoted your comment :D – Dr. belisarius Sep 25 '13 at 21:09
  • I've just realized that both of the spammers copied my answers. Could this be a mere coincidence or do these "robots" choose target templates based on some criteria that they share? This is creepy, but let me stress here that I have no relation to any of them! – István Zachar Sep 28 '13 at 9:00
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    If I'm not mistaken the First Post review queue only shows the specific answer and corresponding question, not the other questions. This is a bit of a problem. – Sjoerd C. de Vries Oct 1 '13 at 19:58

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