Today some jerk joined the Arqade group on Steam and started spamming people with links to a lookalike phishing site. You know, like this but with "store.steampowered.com" instead of "twitter.com":

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Image from the OpenDNS Phishing quiz. Hint: this one is a phish.

Now, I've kicked him from the group and flagged his account, but... it's a public group! Anybody can join. We'd rather not change that and still keep him out.

Is kicking sufficient? What else can I do?

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    This has absolutely nothing to do with gaming...
    – BlaXpirit
    Dec 8, 2012 at 17:59
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    @BlaXpirit Steam has absolutely nothing to do with Gaming?
    – badp
    Dec 8, 2012 at 18:26
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    This is a question for meta, but I feel like this should be off-topic too. Troubleshooting steam so you can play your games is one thing; but moderating a steam group just seems too-far removed from actually playing games to be on-topic. Dec 8, 2012 at 19:57
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    @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft You know what I think. Just like we allow all questions about consoles - and the web services thereof - I don't see the problem with questions about Steam web services
    – badp
    Dec 9, 2012 at 0:00
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    Why the hell does this have four close votes? This is a perfectly legitimate question.
    – Niro
    Dec 9, 2012 at 5:34

2 Answers 2


You can't ban people from groups permanently, unfortunately.

What you can do is to report people via their profile and Steam will have a look at it.

You can also ban him from the groupchat.


Sadly, nothing stops him from joining again.

Is he spamming on community page/forums, Steam Group chat, or individual chat? For page, maybe there is some mute or some way to remove his permissions, but for chats, you can only block him.

  • Individual chat, so far.
    – Anto
    Dec 8, 2012 at 16:29

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