AUGH crazy amounts of spam

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Post » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:12 am

rekjl wrote:There is another way, I notice that some forums implement this. Every first post by a new member, is not shown live immediately. It is reviewed by a moderator for that section before being approved to go live. This should stop the spam quite effectively........but will mean a lot of work for the moderators though.


That would be more work for us than than cleaning up the spam.
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Post » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:59 am

What if multiple users are allowed to flag posts, but by at least 5 posts, said post/thread automatically is hidden goes into a que until moderator approval. That way, some of us who are more diligent in reporting can have an impact without having to wait for moderators. That or grant this small privilege of forcing thread approval to a select few users. They'd be like Mods but with but one small power, and easily manageable.

There have been a few times where I've seen like 15 of these threads all in a row, watching them as they are posted by using the "new posts" search function, and all I can do it stare. [edit] And report, obviously.
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Post » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:24 am

Arima wrote:That would be more work for us than than cleaning up the spam.


Ouch, that would definitely not be effective than.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:46 am

DatapawWolf wrote:That or grant this small privilege of forcing thread approval to a select few users. They'd be like Mods but with but one small power, and easily manageable.


That's how Spriter does it: new threads have to be approved. It took 12 hours for my 1st (& only) question to get approved. Kind of turned me off from the company.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:51 am

Spam Wars: Return of the bots II. Haha but it is weird that all of them show up at the same time, even if they are regarding totally different topics. I guess the people hired to spread those links must have a schedule where their bots attack, and our C2 forums is in their list.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:56 pm

miketv wrote:
DatapawWolf wrote:That or grant this small privilege of forcing thread approval to a select few users. They'd be like Mods but with but one small power, and easily manageable.


That's how Spriter does it: new threads have to be approved. It took 12 hours for my 1st (& only) question to get approved. Kind of turned me off from the company.
@miketv Actually this is what I am suggesting:
  • User A gains low-level moderation privilege to flag posts/threads he/she determines against the forum rules
  • When A flags a post, it goes into a moderation que where only higher-level moderators/admins (Kyatric, Arima, Tom, Ashley, & etc.) can review the post. They take a course of action depending on the severity of rules broken (and if no rules have been broken, contact the low-level moderator who flagged it).
  • When a post or thread is in the moderation que, it will not show up to normal users on the forum instead of sitting out as an ugly sight.
  • Normal users may still report posts/threads, but this will continue as it has been.
That is it broken down. I can't imagine programming this would take much, but it has to be weighed against its worth and how much spam there actually is. Because when mods are on, spam threads usually disappear fairly fast. It's only when we get waves of spam that it helps to have a cleanup crew.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:53 pm

DatapawWolf wrote:
  • When a post or thread is in the moderation que, it will not show up to normal users on the forum instead of sitting out as an ugly sight.

So, the post would go up, & it would only go to moderation if it was flagged by a user that the community entrusted with the power to flag?
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:57 pm

Supposedly you are not allowed to post links when a new user, but the SPAM bots/users are managing to post whatever they wish, so there is something very broken with this forum that needs fixing first.
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Post » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:30 pm

miketv wrote:
DatapawWolf wrote:
  • When a post or thread is in the moderation que, it will not show up to normal users on the forum instead of sitting out as an ugly sight.

So, the post would go up, & it would only go to moderation if it was flagged by a user that the community entrusted with the power to flag?
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Post » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:05 pm

No other forum I visit has this amount of spam.

I give up on reporting.

Seriously, just fix the forum.
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