Spam Travel Help Requests

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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I received a travel request help email (via the forums) that was about a Russian escort service... now, thanks for the information, but still. Not really appropriate right?

Got me thinking about some idea's that could maybe come into play to thwart such tripe. What if before emails were sent out to travel helpers right away... they were not sent out until there were at least one (1) reply to the post. This would give Moderators a chance to SPAMERISE it before it goes global via email.

Just a suggestion from your friendly neighborhood communist.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6611 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

But if travel helpers didn't receive a notification, then they might never get that 1st response. This is particularly true for out-of-the-way places

I'm keen to avoid spam, but not at the cost of the potential for useful answers.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I believe your Russian escort service also posted a thread. I know I deleted one about a Russian escort service from General Talk Tuesday evening.

I agree with Peter. When we joined, I requested information from Travel Helpers about 2 weeks before my first posting. Both helpers responded quickly. If I had had to wait for a reply until after my first posting, I'd probably still be waiting... Unlike many members, I had never joined a forum before and had very little idea on the workings of the site. I just lurked around until I felt comfortable enough to ask a question in the forums.

I know I have assisted quite a few people who contacted me for travel help but have never posted in the forums. I know they looked at threads that I linked for them but they chose not to respond except via PMs.

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

True, good points. There must be some solution though...

Isa, it was that thread you deleted - I am a travel helper for Russia and a copy of that post was emailed to me. Just to clear up what I meant.

The majority of the emails I get are genuine requests for help, which are great.. I just am thinking of someway to stop the spam.

idea #2

What if a members first post was automatically put up for review from a moderator. Say I just join and post "Hey I'm Brendan, what's this place all about". It would be accepted... I think. But if I posted (for my first post) "Hey I'm Brendan, I run an escort service out of Alberta, Canada. Email me"... that would get snuffed... I think.

Once the that first post is approved the request to travel helpers (if here is one) is sent out. And any further posts are not under review automatically. But if it is marked as spam, then it would not be sent out - it would be deleted, and what ever normal action is taken against spammers.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5294 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm not a travel helper (mostly because I prefer to just check the relevant forums to offer my help, rather than getting email all the time), but since I've never heard a complaint about travel helpers getting email for spam posts before, I assume it's a very rare case where the spammer selects a country in the selectbox when posting a spam message.
Given that rarity, the extra work that checking all first time posts would create (with ~90 new members a day, that's probably about 25-35 first posts each day) just doesn't seem cost effective. I mean, I know our janitors are here to do the dirty work, but this would seem to be a bit excessive...

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Good call Sander, I guess it's not that frequent condidering the number of new members.

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