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Dodgy accounts spamming the forums with advertising material


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Andoran

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Hi Paizo website crew,

I’ve noticed recently several accounts have been spamming the forums with unsolicited and irrelevant advertising material. I flagged one such dedicated thread in the off topic forum a few days ago, today an account ‘fghfgj’ has been posting advertising material into other threads (no other posts for this account except today’s advertising posts). I’ve flagged one such post, and humbly request that the account be blocked and all its posts be deleted.

Not sure if there’s anything that can be done to stop such accounts and posts in future?


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I just went to the spammer's profile and flagged all the posts, that hopefully catches the attention of the Paizo peeps. Although it's Sunday in the US still...

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

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Hey thanks, I checked the flag queue, removed all the spam posts and permanently banned the "fghfgj " account. Any other spam, please flag it so we can find it.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks Gary, hope that you are having a good weekend otherwise.


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He's baaaaack.


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I just flagged 11 more posts by "cfghdgsw". We might need a flag reason "Spam" :(


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I saw them and flagged them too.


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I vote the flagging option should be "Spam spam spam spam spam"

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Yeah, I wasn't sure which flag to use, so I went with "Breaks other guidelines" on his posts. Spam is only good fried with Velveeta and sliced potatoes... ;)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I've always wondered, isn't there some kind of legal recourse one can take against those companies mentioned in such spam posts?
Maybe we need an anti-spam equivalent of Anonymous, someone who can take down all those websites linked to in all the spam messages being sent. Or investigate who's behind the spam bots, so legal action can be taken against them (if possible).

Oh, flagged all the spam posts too.


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Flagged as well.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

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All the posts I could find were removed.


Zaister wrote:
I just flagged 11 more posts by "cfghdgsw". We might need a flag reason "Spam" :(

I kind of think the abusive/insulting tag covers it pretty well. ;)


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If it's spam you're looking for...


GentleGiant wrote:
Maybe we need an anti-spam equivalent of Anonymous, someone who can take down all those websites linked to in all the spam messages being sent.

Something like that was done to the "Spam King" a while back. After revealing himself to the world (and reveling in what he did) he somehow got signed up for every direct mailing item people could find.

Stuff was arriving in semis, so just try imagining his trash removal bill.


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He's back.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

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Deleted and blocked. Keep flaggin' them - thanks! :D

Silver Crusade

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Remember, you have to burn the stumps or two heads will grow in the place of every one you cut down!

Generously apply napalm!


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Nuke him from orbit!

Taldor Contributor

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Kajehase wrote:
Nuke him from orbit!

It's the only way to be sure.


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but I don't liiiike spam!


Sorry to hear that, Macabre, because it means you have no soul…

Taldor

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Hippygriff wrote:
Sorry to hear that, Macabre, because it means you have no soul…

But it does mean he has taste. ;)

I don't like spam either ...

(1)or pretty much any meat that comes out of a can, except maybe tuna.

(2)or pretty much any unsolicited advertising, except maybe those for truly off the wall products, like inflatable xmas trees, do it yourself home solar energy systems, [insert random nationality here] brides (gottta ask why the grooms are selling them though) and various canned meat products.


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New account


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Joana wrote:
New account

Sent message to Liz.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

They are at it again, in this thread: http://paizo.com/forums/dmtz5m4k?Is-role-playing-a-religion

Taldor

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How does this work then?

Do they auto-register and then have some random-posting script?

Are there any steps to registering which might catch this stuff?

I always thought it would be cool to have a little excerpt from some flavour text (maybe from a web-fiction piece or one of the novels, and it could be a picture of the text) and a security question of: "What is the first name in this piece of writing?"

Bots aren't going to be able to distinguish between invented fantasy proper nouns and anything else, but humans will find it easy.

And it would be cool to have people reading about Radovan when they registered.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

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It looks to me like it's a human filling out the signup form. I figure they're probably paid a nickel for each time they post their spam. Pretty crappy life, if you ask me.

I'm not inclined to put up more technological barriers like captchas because they annoy the hell out of the very people they're supposed to protect. For now the flagging system works great for catching these.

Taldor

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Really? Now that is a miserable existence.


Again...


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Yo.


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Also here.


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Gary Teter wrote:

It looks to me like it's a human filling out the signup form. I figure they're probably paid a nickel for each time they post their spam. Pretty crappy life, if you ask me.

I'm not inclined to put up more technological barriers like captchas because they annoy the hell out of the very people they're supposed to protect. For now the flagging system works great for catching these.

Not sure how much code is involved in the flagging system, but is it worth adding "Spam" as an alternative flag? Failing that, is there one you prefer us to use? (I've been using "Breaks Other Guidelines" for lack of a more obvious option.)


I feel personally insulted and by abusive spread of unsolicited adds unrelated to roleplaying games on the forum.

Silver Crusade

Is this an inevitable part of the growth of a forum? That eventually it reaches a level of popularity that it becomes a target for spam? In a perverse way, should Paizo be proud that spammers consider posting on the forums to be a worthwhile endeavor?

Andoran

I assume there is no way to track down the person or people doing this right?

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

As a pro who works in online PR and social media I would advise contacting the companies being advertised in the spam. Quite often they are unaware that they have hired someone who uses black hat techniques like this and will cut it off at the source.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

In this case, if you poke around for the company in question nearly every result is forum spam presumably from the same source. I think they know and don't care.

Osirion

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DAMNIT!!! You keep deleting them before I can read them!!!


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Gary Teter wrote:
In this case, if you poke around for the company in question nearly every result is forum spam presumably from the same source. I think they know and don't care.

If only such companies could be held responsible for spam on their behalf. Of course, that could be problematic as other companies could use it against them, but still... oh the joy of a spam free internet!

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

Aberzombie: I think they are all exactly the same. We've discussed adding a content-based filter to posting but my experience is that just starts an arms race where we have to continually revisit a complicated regex to match their ever-more-inventive attempts to get around the filter. We're trying a couple other things today, we'll see how it goes.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Gary Teter wrote:
Aberzombie: I think they are all exactly the same.

Yeah, but I haven't gotten to read any of them. You're too quick to wield your awesome, reality-altering power!


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Wouldn't it be funny if they spammed this thread?


Ironic, actually.

I think PMG needs to bust out that banhammer and go all Paul Bunyan and see what it does to the bandwidth. Sometimes, you just need to hit something to get it to work.

Taldor

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Urizen wrote:
Sometimes, you just need to hit something to get it to work.

*smacks Urizen*

There.
Did it work? Is the spammer gone?
;-)


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Here I thought this thread was about Heathansson or Aberzombie. ;)

Osirion

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Here I thought this thread was about Heathansson or Aberzombie. ;)

Actually, Heathy and I have determined that every topic discussed around here is about either himself, myself, or both of us. Just think of us as the binary star center of the Paizo Universe.


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Callous Jack wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Sometimes, you just need to hit something to get it to work.

*smacks Urizen*

There.
Did it work? Is the spammer gone?
;-)

I don't know, but if you had hit me any harder, I may have actually found work.

Wishful thinking...


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He strikes again, on a Friday night when no one might be minding the boards....


Back again ~ on the play by post forum this time.

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