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Suggestion to reduce spam

Travel Forums System Talk Suggestion to reduce spam

1. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I hang out at a couple of forums where people with less than 10 posts cannot post links to websites. Not even as urls (like www.xyz.org) . I think it works the same as "do not post email adresses" thingy TP already has.

I would like to suggest that TP adopts a similar policy. It would reduce the number of blatant promotional posts.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

yay for suggesting this (again?), Maia! Could we extend this by blocking the possibility for the same group of users to include URLs in their profiles, blog posts, photo comments, etc.?

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

sounds like a very effective way to dramatically reduce spam.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Yeah, sounds like a pretty good idea to me as well. I'll add it to the to-do list for whenever it is that we do some more work on the forum ;)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

At least please add it to the to do list for the travelguide as well. For example that you will need 10 posts at least as well to include something in the travelguide. Now someone joins TP, adds like tens of thousands of characters and is all of a sudden a respected member, while everything he or she contributed was spam, copied content etc.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

At least please add it to the to do list for the travelguide as well. For example that you will need 10 posts at least as well to include something in the travelguide. Now someone joins TP, adds like tens of thousands of characters and is all of a sudden a respected member, while everything he or she contributed was spam, copied content etc.

On this.. I actually made a fix to the way it calculates guide contributions into the membertitles last week. It will now use the same logic as is used for the ad sharing and calculate it based on how many "sentences" or "lines" you have contributed in total. And similarly to the adshare, if someone comes along and deletes those sentences or has to modify them, then you don't get the credit anymore. This should be much safer against guide spammers, because if someone contributes tens of thousands of characters and then these are deleted by someone the next day, the Respected Member title will disappear with their contributions.