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Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Fri 01 Apr, 2016 4:05 pm
by mhoulden
Posting with my moderator hat on...

I've removed a topic and banned a user who created an account just to push his website. One thing I'll ask: if something is obviously spam, you can use the "report this post" button (looks like a ! on a red background) to flag it. Please don't quote the whole post and add the word "SPAM". For one thing, although SL isn't as busy as it once was, there are still a lot of posts and wading through them all takes a while. For another, quoting spam posts means that they're likely to attract more spammers. I've seen what forums can look like once they get overrun and it isn't pretty.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Fri 01 Apr, 2016 8:25 pm
by buffaloskinner
The security on here seems quite lax, ALL new users should be vetted before being allowed to post as they are on numerous websites.

Secret Leeds seems to let anyone start posting just by registering.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Fri 01 Apr, 2016 9:05 pm
by warringtonrhino
Last year I asked if it was possible that new members could be quarantined and their first few post checked before they are published.
That would allow us to see if new members are genuine.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Sat 14 Oct, 2017 1:05 pm
by buffaloskinner
:idea:
Below is a spam message I received today, do not click on any of the links, just press delete.

:arrow:

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Sat 14 Oct, 2017 7:03 pm
by tilly
I have had trouble with phone calls from supposedly Talk Talk i just say no your not ringing from them they only send e mails.Has if by magic the phone goes dead, if you were not aware you could be taken in.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Sun 19 Nov, 2017 11:53 pm
by mhoulden
Zapping spammers is much easier with a full admin account. My main concern is keeping the junk out of here so I'll delete entire topics if they were started by spammers, individual spam messages posted as replies to existing topics, and messages that quote spam posts. Nothing personal: I've seen far too many forums wiped out because of this type of thing. It would help if people didn't engage with the spammers by replying to them or quoting them. That's what the report function is for.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Mon 20 Nov, 2017 11:31 am
by chemimike
I cannot see how anyone could do other than applaud your actions. they seem to have been very active yesterday

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Mon 20 Nov, 2017 11:33 am
by volvojack
The latest two Posts "Education and Crypto Currency " look a bit like Spam to me or is it that i am just behind times ?.

Re: Spam Posts

PostedCOLON Mon 20 Nov, 2017 8:21 pm
by polos
I too would like to thank mhoulden for the dedication to this site and continous monitoring (despite its decline in users). I also totally understand the non engangement of said spammers. Doing so will only flag the site for continued abuse (which id guess includes even mentioning it, if we know its a matter of time before the moderators will clear it anyway). Also i do agree maybe some tighter form of validation should be implemented by whoever has the power to vet new users. Thanks again. A lot of people such as myself rely on this site for a wealth of information but dont post as much and it would be a shame to see it get ruined by entertaining such people.