Report spam and prevent newbies to post spam

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31. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 34w 3 Star this if you like it!

Quoting PHOTOBOB

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.

That makes sense for a website with paid staff to moderate it but would be asking too much of our volunteers who give their free time to help moderate - imho

32. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2384 posts) 34w 1 Star this if you like it!

I absolutely agree with Sarah.

It's quick and easy for TP members to report and...crucially.... immediately hide forum spam, which isn't a major issue anyway. Spam posted in the guides is much more of an issue.

To expect unpaid moderators to check each and every post from all new members before making posts visible is simply unrealistic.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Aug-2020, 16:50 GMT by leics2 ]

33. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 34w 3 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

It's quick and easy for TP members to report and...crucially.... immediately hide forum spam. It's hardly a major issue.

Yes, and that way we can all play our part in keeping TP spam-free, rather than relying on just a few members to do it for us

34. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1740 posts) 34w 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?

Highlight the text and right click to open a menu, scroll down to Translate.

If that doesn't work, copy the text, go to Google Translate and paste it in. Click Identify Language and then have it translate to English.

That way you know whether or not it's spam. I've found a few legitimate Forum queries in foreign languages. Everyone doesn't speak English nor should they. We should welcome everyone. Well, except for spammers, of course.

35. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2264 posts) 34w 2 Star this if you like it!

Putting obstacles or delays in the way of new participants is stifling. We get many first time posters with genuine travel questions.

The site does have automated filters. I frequently see auto-flagged by "modbot" posts, where the spammer has fallen foul of an automated rule, and it's removed from public view immediately pending me checking it over.

Usually the input I see from established members is that the spam here is dealt with fast. I can only think photobob is being deliberately inflammatory with this thread.

36. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I've found a few legitimate Forum queries in foreign languages. Everyone doesn't speak English nor should they. We should welcome everyone. Well, except for spammers, of course.

Except this was not a question. It was a comment on an old travelogue and from a name I did not know.

37. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1740 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I've found a few legitimate Forum queries in foreign languages. Everyone doesn't speak English nor should they. We should welcome everyone. Well, except for spammers, of course.

Except this was not a question. It was a comment on an old travelogue and from a name I did not know.

That doesn't change the fact that you can translate it and discover what was said. Whether you want to or not is entirely up to you.

38. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 34w 1 Star this if you like it!

It spooked me. I know I could try to translate it, but I was have been getting so much spam in my email in different languages that I was afraid to try.

39. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1740 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure how translating something could possibly hurt you. You're not clicking on anything or downloading or opening it. You're just seeing what it says.

BTW, have you considered a spam filter?

40. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I have a spam filter but it isn't as good as it was. My email addy is not my name and so if they address me by that 'name' I know they are up to no good. Also I sometimes find that the topic is in English but the body of the email is some other language.