Spam control

Shawn

Active Member
#1
Seems like there've been quite a few "new member" profiles lately spamming, just curious if theres any way to control that at all?

Diet pills, discount designer sunglasses, etc, etc. i like a good deal as much as the next guy, but its painfully obvious they're spammers...

Thanks!
 

GregManning

Super Moderator
Staff member
#2
I know. It seemed to be getting worse.
Just before Xmas I was deleting 11 or 12 per day.

If you hit the "Report" button, just below the post, then type in "Spam", that will alert the staff to check & delete.
 
#4
Unfortunately these have all been real people typing answers and posts. You can't get them before they post, but we can erase them after. Wish it wasn't true but it is life.
 

GregManning

Super Moderator
Staff member
#8
can't you ban their (?) address so they cannot repeat from the same computer or router?
It appears these are being entered manually.
They change the name & address each time.
The software can scan to check for previously used IP address(s).
I'd guess that 95% of the time they are different for the same spam product(s).
 

Shawn

Active Member
#10
Awesome, thanks for the answer Greg. Glad to know theres a way for all of us to help point them out to yall and help manage them.
 

gmcttr

Well-Known Member
#12
I'm not sure I follow?
The system only allows one report in a given amount of time. Last night, after clicking "New Posts", I opened ~6 obvious spam posts in separate tabs. After reporting one and immediately trying to report the next one, the system will not allow it and notes that I have to wait 17 seconds before another can be reported and you have to click report again and retype "spam". Therefore it requires something in the neighborhood of two minutes to report 6 posts instead of ~ 30 seconds if there was not a time out.
 

Todo10

Administrator
Staff member
#14
The system only allows one report in a given amount of time. Last night, after clicking "New Posts", I opened ~6 obvious spam posts in separate tabs. After reporting one and immediately trying to report the next one, the system will not allow it and notes that I have to wait 17 seconds before another can be reported and you have to click report again and retype "spam". Therefore it requires something in the neighborhood of two minutes to report 6 posts instead of ~ 30 seconds if there was not a time out.
Hi!

Could you please try to report other posts in less than 17 seconds? Just to test if the change I made had an effect :)

Thanks!
 

GregManning

Super Moderator
Staff member
#16
I never had anything close to a 17 sec delay.
Maybe a few seconds.
If I hit the "New Posts" button, it reacted instantly.
I'm going to delete the 2 gmcttr reports, just to clear the system.
 

gmcttr

Well-Known Member
#17
Just for the record, the delay was between 'reporting' multiple spam posts, not in the response time to clicking the New Posts button.
 

GregManning

Super Moderator
Staff member
#20
Personally, I certainly would NOT have done that.

Now they know they have made contact.

That's why when we delete spam, it's just gone.
We don't send a notification to the spammer.
 
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