In the last few days we've been seeing an increased amount of vandalism edits, mostly including spam advertisement. I'm not sure if this is only a perceived or an actual problem, but I thought I raise the problem here. Maybe the SE officials are interesting in taking a look at this.

Also, maybe somebody has better statistics at hand then "it feels like a lot".

List of (recent) offenders:

(number): same post

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    I see it as free fodder for review badges. We have quite enough high rep users to go through the review queues that the volume shouldn't be an issue IMHO. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Sep 28 '13 at 23:20
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    I read on another SE site that there was a brief spate of vandalism going around network-wide (seemed to be a few users across all sites), and that we just had to stay the course – The Fallen Oct 2 '13 at 18:19
  • FYI - we've seen this over on Christianity SE as well. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 8 '13 at 6:53
  • @Wikis: I don't know this vandal seems a bit more subtle, by inconspicuously hiding nonsense in edits. – bitmask Oct 8 '13 at 8:18
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    Ah, so a different person then, probably. I thought it might be linked since it was reported around the same time - both sites had a spike in vandalism. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 8 '13 at 8:25
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    @Wikis - that was where I had seen it mentioned too – The Fallen Oct 8 '13 at 19:22

This has been popping up from time to time. We looked into it with the Community team the last time we had a slew of them, but in the end the outcome was that we just have to reject them as they come. For now, I've locked the post that was being targeted.

  • Ah, thanks. Didn't knew (or remembered) there were previous instances of this. – bitmask Sep 28 '13 at 20:19
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    Be sure to flag any posts that repeatedly get vandalized. Mods can lock them down to prevent further vandalism. – user1027 Sep 29 '13 at 23:03
  • Also, a user having a post flagged as spam is a severe black-mark and they lose the privilege of asking/answering for a while, if they're not outright deleted. If it truly is spam, flag as such, not as 'low quality' or other reasons – Robotnik Oct 20 '13 at 7:43
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    @Robotnik If the problem is that these are suggested edits, which can't be flagged. And they're being submitted anonymously, so they can't be suspended. – Kevin Oct 20 '13 at 15:42

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