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...are running amok.

Seriously, the situation is totally out of control..if you browse the forums by 'Latest Posts' (as I do), then very, very often, the top posts are all by these losers.

Something needs to be done.

I think Hardeehar's (?) suggestion of a 'report spam' button is a winner - preferably with a 5 vote auto deletion - but failing that could we have some sort of sub forum such as "Hall of Lame" or "Village Stocks" where all these posts can be corralled and people so inclined can go in their and abuse them roundly thus letting off steam?

We really need to lose these morons and fast.....
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post #2 of 7
Please buy! Greaty plices! iPhones! Contact Now at JERKS@hotmail.com

Always with a HOTMAIL address... any legitimate business would have its own address.


I agree; something needs to be done as these morons are becoming more and more agressive. Can't we get a sign-up feature requiring the typing of a code as some sites have? Also, what about a grace period of two days between sign up and posting? Flickr or some site has this so they can make suer the photos posted are banned porn or stuff like that.

 

Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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post #3 of 7
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5 of the latest posts are brand new spams now....
What is Faith? When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin? When a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up - Prophet Muhammad
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What is Faith? When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin? When a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up - Prophet Muhammad
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post #4 of 7
Make them give a snail mail address for confirmation, so if they spam, then we can go break their kneecaps. I can get you a good deal on some Italians...

But yeah, waaaayyyy too much spam around here.

Edit: I have an idea. Whenever they provide an email address, in your free time, go to a site that will offer 'free' stuff, and enter that email in there.
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Some forums have a policy that new users' first 5 posts or so have to be approved by a mod before showing up. This may mean a lot of work for the mods though so a user based approval might be a better idea.

You could have a forum called spam or initiation (so that new users don't feel bad) and then all posts made by a new user go there. When that user gets 3 positive votes, his posts get unblocked from the spam forum. Otherwise the user's posts just stay in there and are deleted within a few days and obviously, it's only people with > 100 or so post count that can vote to unblock.

This means AI doesn't need to even ban spammers because they won't be able to post anywhere anyway. Unfortunately it still means someone has to browse through the spam to rescue the newbies.

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Originally Posted by segovius

I think Hardeehar's (?) suggestion of a 'report spam' button is a winner - preferably with a 5 vote auto deletion

The red exclamation mark is meant for this but it's not very clear that's what it does. A deletion would also have to have a post count limit on who could vote or someone could easily register 5 accounts and go around deleting everyone's posts.
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Some forums have a policy that new users' first 5 posts or so have to be approved by a mod before showing up. This may mean a lot of work for the mods though so a user based approval might be a better idea.

You could have a forum called spam or initiation (so that new users don't feel bad) and then all posts made by a new user go there. When that user gets 3 positive votes, his posts get unblocked from the spam forum. Otherwise the user's posts just stay in there and are deleted within a few days and obviously, it's only people with > 100 or so post count that can vote to unblock.

This means AI doesn't need to even ban spammers because they won't be able to post anywhere anyway. Unfortunately it still means someone has to browse through the spam to rescue the newbies.



The red exclamation mark is meant for this but it's not very clear that's what it does. A deletion would also have to have a post count limit on who could vote or someone could easily register 5 accounts and go around deleting everyone's posts.

The posts would only be temporarily hidden until reviewed by a mod in which case they could be voted OK or Spam... This should work well in most cases unless someone is being a dick which would make other people unfairly getting rid of their posts constantly. Unless the 5 votes were recorded and people that deleted obvious non-spam posts would risk temporary bans.
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post #7 of 7
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They're back again....

Do we just have to put up with it? Or is some semblance of a plan swinging ponderously into action?
What is Faith? When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin? When a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up - Prophet Muhammad
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What is Faith? When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin? When a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up - Prophet Muhammad
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