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Old 12-30-2009, 12:32 AM
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The Spam-Bots are KILLIN me, son!

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Old 12-30-2009, 02:18 AM
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It makes me wish i were a mod. i see them within minutes of posting.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:45 AM
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:52 AM
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Seriously. I've seen very few message boards with such a spam problem. Now that John is advertising out the wazoo on here and we're assaulted with ads everywhere, perhaps he can spend a few minutes dealing with this long standing issue.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:25 AM
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:01 AM
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It makes me wish i were a mod. i see them within minutes of posting.
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Seriously. I've seen very few message boards with such a spam problem. Now that John is advertising out the wazoo on here and we're assaulted with ads everywhere, perhaps he can spend a few minutes dealing with this long standing issue.
You know? Ugh. We all got used to the ads pretty quickly, but it's the spam that's a major problem. I shouldn't have to login and see 28 new nonsense posts, some of which look real, but aren't.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:09 AM
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I could be wrong, but it just seems like since John started using the advertising, the spam got stronger along with it. It's annoying.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:42 AM
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If I login and the spambot spams are still there hours later - and the bots usually post the magical number of 3 posts - I report them, stating that the number of spam posts. Otherwise, I have found through experience that if you report only the one, the others will be left up. It's my contribution to GC!

It does scare me the accuracy of content in some of the spam. Can auto-generated spam be that precise?

Lastly, why do people spam? Aside from the porn spam and the nuisance spam (the kind that is made to clog inboxes and comment logs with the aim of interrupting service), do they really result in more traffic/sales?
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:50 AM
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Legalese regarding spam
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:55 AM
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Otherwise, I have found through experience that if you report only the one, the others will be left up.
If you report the spam in the Events forum, I can delete that because I'm the Events mod. I am unable to delete spam in Chapter Ops, Rush etc. because those aren't my forums. Believe me, if I could I would.

The forum mod plus John and the super mods (James, NinjaPoodle, PenguinTrax and SAEalumnus) get a notification when a post is reported. If you want to make sure that all the spam in all the forums gets deleted, send a PM to one of the super mods. They can delete the spam and ban the spammer at the same time.

It all depends on who gets to it first - if a super mod sees the notification first, all spam posts will be deleted and the spammer banned. If a regular mod sees it first, they can only fix their individual forum.
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:20 PM
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If you report the spam in the Events forum, I can delete that because I'm the Events mod. I am unable to delete spam in Chapter Ops, Rush etc. because those aren't my forums. Believe me, if I could I would.

The forum mod plus John and the super mods (James, NinjaPoodle, PenguinTrax and SAEalumnus) get a notification when a post is reported. If you want to make sure that all the spam in all the forums gets deleted, send a PM to one of the super mods. They can delete the spam and ban the spammer at the same time.

It all depends on who gets to it first - if a super mod sees the notification first, all spam posts will be deleted and the spammer banned. If a regular mod sees it first, they can only fix their individual forum.
Ohhh...thank you for the explanation!!!
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:03 PM
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Mods can only do so much. The administrator is really the only one who can take preventative measures, of which there must be some because other message boards don't have this problem. But they do seem to be getting worse since all of the advertisements were added.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:25 PM
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If you report the spam in the Events forum, I can delete that because I'm the Events mod. I am unable to delete spam in Chapter Ops, Rush etc. because those aren't my forums. Believe me, if I could I would.

The forum mod plus John and the super mods (James, NinjaPoodle, PenguinTrax and SAEalumnus) get a notification when a post is reported. If you want to make sure that all the spam in all the forums gets deleted, send a PM to one of the super mods. They can delete the spam and ban the spammer at the same time.

It all depends on who gets to it first - if a super mod sees the notification first, all spam posts will be deleted and the spammer banned. If a regular mod sees it first, they can only fix their individual forum.
Can we nominate you to SuperMod status? We see you around here more then anyone else anyway!
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:19 PM
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Can we nominate you to SuperMod status? We see you around here more then anyone else anyway!
If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.

In all seriousness, no, I don't want to do it. The super mods we have are doing a fine job and more than 4 would be overkill. They're here, maybe just not posting.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:59 AM
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I could be wrong, but it just seems like since John started using the advertising, the spam got stronger along with it. It's annoying.
It certainly seems that way. As a matter of interest, for as far back as available records go (3 1/2 years), there have been an average of 62 bans issued per month, but as of the time of this post, the most recent months have been 238 (Dec), 172 (Nov), 135 (Oct), and 65 (Sept). This year as a whole also saw 57% of all of the bans over the last 3 1/2 years. Not all of those bans were spammers, but I doubt the difference would be significant. What's really noteworthy is these are the numbers of individual usernames that were banned, not the number of actual posts that had to be deleted.

All I can say is, somebody must be getting paid if they're out in these kinds of numbers.
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