The Spam Wars have begun anew!!


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I can't link to all the spam posts or threads as I'm at work but I have been tagging it.

Anyway, it's starting to get obnoxious again, just thought you'd want to know.


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I have been flagging spam posts as I caught them too.

I have noticed spammers getting sneakier -- some spam got past me unnoticed the first time or two I saw it. And I think this is the first time I ever saw one spammer reply to another spammer's spam.


They're baaaackkk . . . .


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Only thing about Santa Carla The Paizo.com message boards I could never stomach, all the damn vampires spammers.


They're baaaackkk agaaaaaain . . . .


If only there were some way to fix this issue once and for all...


^I've been suggesting that the 1st 3 posts of any new user have to be moderated would cut way down on this. I don't think we're getting THAT many legitimate new users every day (although if we were that would imply that something else is going very right), and the spammers aren't going to want to stick around and figure out 3 legitimate posts to make to get in 1 or 2 spam posts.


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It also occurred to me that it should be possible to flag a user (not just one of his posts) after verifying that he has posted nothing but spam.


UnArcaneElection wrote:

^I've been suggesting that the 1st 3 posts of any new user have to be moderated would cut way down on this. I don't think we're getting THAT many legitimate new users every day (although if we were that would imply that something else is going very right), and the spammers aren't going to want to stick around and figure out 3 legitimate posts to make to get in 1 or 2 spam posts.

I think they’ll always steer away from solutions requiring direct human supervision. The community team are always busy.


^Yes, but cleaning up the spam after the fact has got to be even more work than moderating 3 posts of each new user.


When it’s working, I think the anti-spam measures they have in place is less work than that. Every now and again it stops working for a while - I suspect when they rollback some part of the website or other to fix some other issue. But usually, spam posts are pretty swiftly caught.

Trouble with a human moderation policy is here’ll just be a spate of “I love this book”, “Can someone tell me where I can buy the beginner box?” And so on (probably cut and paste). Do the community team guess who’s faking or risk banning a new customer?

Because these spammers aren’t computer algorithms but are actual people, they can adapt pretty swiftly.


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I would go with initial posts falling into three categories: good, indifferent, and spam. A good post proves real interest in the game and frees a new user from moderation. Posts like Steve's examples would be classified as indifferent -- they would be let through as legitimate posts, but they would not be good enough to cancel moderation. And of course they already know what to do with spam.

The key to making this scheme work is that no specific end to moderation of a new user's posts is promised. But I must admit that I have never seen anyone post reasonable posts followed by spam -- and I usually do check a user's past posts after I report them for spam.


Boy have the spammers been busy today.

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Yea. Flagged a bunch of posts in the Society area.

Why does this happen? Website security needs to be upgraded.


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Gary Bush wrote:

Yea. Flagged a bunch of posts in the Society area.

Why does this happen? Website security needs to be upgraded.

Also, if you respond to a spam post, it leaves the thread subject line visible.

If there are no responses, removing the initial post removes the whole thread.

If there is a response, the first post is removed, but the thread title and the remaining posts are left in place.

Best practice is not to respond, otherwise you immortalize the advertisement until Customer Service staff have enough free time to clean up the forums.


There is a new poster whose posts aren't spam, but their profile is. There is no way to flag a profile.


Joana wrote:

There is a new poster whose posts aren't spam, but their profile is. There is no way to flag a profile.

I reported that using the customer service email address this morning.

None of their posts were actually spam. So I figured that even if CS doesn't get to my email very soon (Yay! Working on early January), it's not much harm.

I did call out all of the links in the profile, and I did point out the very interesting English phrases for them to consider.

Quote:

Sooner than the moment you are over reviewing this tutorial

thesis claim points out the area for your examination, thus ensure it
is well-bred.
Create a fine passage from introduction to main part of your paper
Your paper should be full of particulars
It is at all times a success to secure your reason using a recognized
legal case.
Do not sprinkle with essay line of reasoning


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