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What's with the weird questions I see in the list with URLs in their titles?

They’re spammers (which these days are sophisticated combinations of bots and humans paid to defeat captchas), and they were caught by our resident anti-spam bot, Smokey, plus one regular user casting ...
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Could our spam filter be made extraordinarily paranoid about answers with emails in them?

This is the problem - we can filter it, but they quickly just obfuscate the email address using some other means. Text filtering does not work, which is why the spam system operates on different ...
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Why can't someone link their game in their question when it's useful but non-critical?

The URL is not necessary and sits on a slippery slope. Slippery slopes are fine when the information is critical to the question, because we can deal with any deliberate or accidentally attempt to ...
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Can we auto-flag no-rep users posting answers with e-mail addresses?

Since this was asked, Smoke Detector (“Smokey”) has started running on SE. Smoke Detector is a bot (run by Good People™ who work closely with SE staff, and some of whom are mods) that watches Stack ...
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Why can't someone link their game in their question when it's useful but non-critical?

You can, when it's both relevant and not spammy. A question of "how do I do X in this game, here's a link" is fine (assuming it's not your game). The information is also germane to the question. A ...
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