Report spam and prevent newbies to post spam

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21. Posted by NT01 (Budding Member 63 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

For those of us normal members, I must admit it's kind of fun to be the first to find and report a spammer. You feel like you're actually contributing something. Being one of the last to log in by dint of my location, it's a rare thrill. They're nearly all caught before I'm even awake.

Sally,

In the defunct TravBuddy there used to be an award called Spambuster. Members would report a post, review or forum comment that was deemed spam and then if many people would report it, the post or review would go up for voting by members as Spam or Not. When a good number (usually 5) marked a review as spam, the system would congratulate the last one who reported the spam entry, and the numbers would be added to one's spambuster count. Once the count reached 100 or so spammers busted (that were reported by the member), he or she would get an award (Spambuster). It went all the way from Spambuster 1 to Spambuster 3, and that was one way to have TravBuddy folks log in regularly so they could vote out a spammer. Not to mention it was a great way to get an award, and help the site by alleviating the work of the moderators/admins when it came to keeping the site spam free.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Aug-2020, 06:19 GMT by NT01 ]

22. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Quoting NT01

Sally,

In the defunct TravBuddy there used to be an award called Spambuster. Members would report a post, review or forum comment that was deemed spam and then if many people would report it, the post or review would go up for voting by members as Spam or Not. When a good number (usually 5) marked a review as spam, the system would congratulate the last one who reported the spam entry, and the numbers would be added to one's spambuster count. Once the count reached 100 or so spammers busted (that were reported by the member), he or she would get an award (Spambuster). It went all the way from Spambuster 1 to Spambuster 3, and that was one way to have TravBuddy folks log in regularly so they could vote out a spammer. Not to mention it was a great way to get an award, and help the site by alleviating the work of the moderators/admins when it came to keeping the site spam free.

I remember that system. TravBuddy was big on awards (as was Virtual Tourist to some extent) and in some ways it was fun to get the buzz of recognition, but on balance I think the TP approach is better. It's less competitive and doesn't encourage posting for posting's sake :)

Also, despite the above system, I think I remember lots of criticism on TB that spam was slow to be removed, whereas here it is hidden as soon as one reliable member reports it, and quickly removed altogether by very active moderators

23. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I cannot understand why there is so much spam on this forum. I have belonged to several forums over the years and have also run a couple myself and have never had a spam problem.

24. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3006 posts) 48w 1 Star this if you like it!

>I cannot understand why there is so much spam on this forum.

It's very simple. As soon as any site with public access has a high enough SEO profile spam is inevitable. That's been the case for many years. Perhaps the sites you've experienced simply didn't have a high SEO profile?

25. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>I cannot understand why there is so much spam on this forum.

It's very simple. As soon as any site with public access has a high enough SEO profile spam is inevitable. That's been the case for many years. Perhaps the sites you've experienced simply didn't have a high SEO profile?

A few have had much higher traffic and SEO than this one. The way to get rid of spam is to only allow pre approved people to post. Its easy to see a spammer from their first post and not allow it to show and block their email address.

26. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

It is also a service that many web hosts provide.

27. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3006 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

>to only allow pre approved people to post

How do you suggest people are 'pre-approved'? Just verifying an email won't stop spammers and expecting new members to wait until their ISP has been checked out simply isn't feasible.

> Its easy to see a spammer from their first post

That might have been the case years ago but certainly isn't nowadays. The majority of spammers have long been wise to that trick and have changed how they operate. Most make a perfectly-ok post or two before dropping in the spam.

I'm sure you're not suggesting that new members are banned just because another member suspects they *might* be a spammer?

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Aug-2020, 16:28 GMT by leics2 ]

28. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1966 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I got a long comment that was in cyrillic (I'm guessing Russian). I deleted it because I couldn't read it. Are there respected members who post in cyrillic, or was this spam? Or was it possibly because the person was clueless and it was a perfectly nice comment that I couldn't read?

29. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 48w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I got a long comment that was in cyrillic (I'm guessing Russian). I deleted it because I couldn't read it. Are there respected members who post in cyrillic, or was this spam? Or was it possibly because the person was clueless and it was a perfectly nice comment that I couldn't read?

I get these on my blog from time to time, since we were able to extend the permitted timescale for comments. They're definitely spam so you were right to delete it :)

30. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 71 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

to only allow pre approved people to post

How do you suggest people are 'pre-approved'? Just verifying their email does nothing.

You do it by making the first post subject to moderator approval. Perhaps their 2nd too if they are that convincing. All of the spam I've seen on here so far has been from 1 time posters. Also they look like copy and paste jobs which any decent web host should stop.