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Influx of Spammers

Postby RedRox » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:12 pm

We seem to be going through a period of increased spamming of our board. If you haven't noticed this yet, that's a good thing! 8) I just wanted to post some thoughts on it while Magna and I continue to do what we can to prevent it from becoming a distraction and also let you know what you can do as well.

1. There is nothing we can do to prevent them from posting. We can only ban the user name and delete the posts after they have already posted their stuff. So basically it is just a process of playing "whack-a-troll" with them. Usually they get tired of it and leave, but this individual seems to have a lot of stamina! ;) (It's OK, so do I! ;) ) This is a pretty wide open board and anyone can automatically sign up and start posting. We used to have a 10 post rule for posting URL links, but with the board software upgrade a while back we seem to have lost that functionality and I have never gotten a response to the board owner from months ago to try to reinstate that. (The mods only moderate with limited functionality, we can't change any settings or work how the board or database actually operates.) In any event I don't think it would make much of a difference as the primary offender seems to like to post in groups of 20, 40 or 60, so only the first 10 would be the text/code version and the rest would be as they are now anyway. I don't think it would discourage this particular individual anyway.

2. This may seem obvious, but don't click on any of the posted links. They do this to generate click through revenue. If it doesn't do that for them here then maybe they will move on. In addition, the likelihood of importing a virus, spyware, malware or other nasties to your PC increase tremendously so you do this at your own risk anyway.

3. They do have the ability to post porn images as embedded photos. If you see one of these and notice similar posts, take note of their screen name and then don't open up any of their other posts.

4. Don't respond to them in any posts. They typically like the attention. It is best to simply ignore them and let the mods catch up with them and do their job.

5. Along the top line of every post there is an upside down triangle with a red exclamation point in it. You can click on this and report the post. Visually the mods see the topic title/box in red/pink when we go into a forum and it helps us find them a bit easier. (We can run searches from their user name too so it's not essential.) If the same user has multiple posts, then you really only need to report the first one.

6. We can only do so much to keep up with them and there will be times when their stuff sits around for longer than we would like. We can't be here 24/7 and they typically operate from overseas so are often on while we are sleeping in the USA anyway. So just bear with us if you see some of their spam and know that we will get to it when we can.

Finally, I would rather not have to make this kind of announcement, but it is the reality of the current situation, so felt I should respond to it in some way publicly and provide some info. I don't really want or need any posts to follow this so I will lock this as well. In the meantime just enjoy the board and keep on keepin' on!! :)
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby RedRox » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:33 pm

just an update for anyone who wanders by that both Magna and I are traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holidays so spam post deletion and spammer banning may not happen as quickly as it normally does and you might see more increased activity this week simply because it is staying in place longer until one of us can get to it from wherever we are at to get rid of it. We'll do the best we can when we can, but expect some "stuff" around the boards you probably don't see as much normally.

Happy Turkey Day everyone! :D
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:09 pm

A request to our members: If you should happen to look at a post and it turns out to be spam (or you think it might be), please report it. You can do that using the little exclamation point icon in the upper right hand corner of the post. Reporting spam posts helps us find them faster. If you know it's spam by the title, though, I'd recommend not opening it at all.
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:09 pm

Just a reminder: if you happen to read a spam post, please report it (using the button in the upper right-hand corner of the post, with the "!" in the triangle.) Sometimes they end up in odd corners of the forum and the moderators may not find them unless someone mentions it.

Here's an example of one I deleted today:
Hey, can you advise me, is it good idea to use MySpace plays increaser for self promotion? I have some songs on MySpace, however, visitors count is too small. Ok, I can understand if they visit, but dislike my music. However, if they are don't visit my profile, it doesn't mean that my profile is bad, it just mean that it needs some search optimization. I heared that MySpace uses plays count to rank songs in search results. Can I trust this information? I read some articles on other forums on this topic. Do you agree with them? They follow.
increase myspace profile
MySpace plays increaser tools comparison.
increase myspace profile
Some facts about MySpace
increase myspace profile
How to become MySpace star?


The bottom section of the post included links to other websites - it looked like it would take you to Myspace, but in fact it would take you to some other sites.

I notice over a dozen people viewed this page but no one reported it, maybe because they weren't sure it was really spam and weren't confident about reporting posts, or didn't know how to. You can tell this is spam because it has nothing to do with SBD, was posted by someone who is completely new, and includes links to other websites. But even if you're wrong, it's OK to make an honest mistake by reporting it. The moderators can sort it out. :)
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:46 pm

To help you recognize them, here's another recent example of a spam post. I notice it was viewed a number of times but not reported, probably because it looks like an ordinary post by a newcomer. The letter "e" in "here" was a link to some crazy website, though. Here's what it looked like (the "link" is dead).
hi everybody here. Great forum You have here. I hope i will be welcome here:)


If a post looks doubtful to you, please go ahead and report it. The admins will sort it out.

Thanks! :)
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:51 pm

Just a reminder, please do report spam posts, or posts you suspect are spam. Today there was a post disguised as an inquiry about another diet, but it included a link to a colon cleansing website. The tone was very friendly and it had a smiley in it, and the new member included some personal information on her page that made her sound like a friendly, middle-aged American homemaker. But the member's information was fake (he or she was really posting from Russia) and the post was obviously commercial spam. About 20 people had looked at it but no one had reported it. There were two other posts that (sort of) fit into the topic they were posted under, and those also included commercial links in the signature.

If you suspect but don't know that something is spam, please go ahead and report it anyway - the moderators can sort it out. But the moderators can't be everywhere all the time, so don't assume we'll catch it. Also, a general reminder that people aren't always who they claim to be online, so be cautious.

On the topic of reporting spam, don't report any posts just because of the green, double-underlined words in them that pull up a link to an ad. That seems to be a function of this website's software, and isn't the fault of the person who posted.

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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:07 am

Just wanted to thank our members for being the moderators' eyes and ears and reporting spam posts. We don't like getting spam, but the reports are very helpful. They alert us to spam that we might otherwise not know about, or might take a while to find. :)
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:21 pm

Update: If you access the internet through SingleHop.com, there's a good chance you will be locked out of this site. This is because SingleHop is a favorite among spammers, and an inordinate number of them use it as their host.
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Kimboroni » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:06 am

If you receive a spam-type PM through the board, please report those as well. Thank you!
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Re: Influx of Spammers

Postby Magna » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:08 am

Just a reminder to users to please report any spam or other inappropriate posts by clicking on the "report this post" icon in the upper right corner of the post. (It's an exclamation point inside a trinagle.) If you're in doubt about whether a post is appropriate or not, go ahead and report it and the moderators will look at it and make the call.
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