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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:29 pm

I'm thinking of making there be a 200 rep requirement to have a homepage URL in your profile, and to fill the about me fields. I've been noticing a lot of users signing up just to spam URLS in profiles which sucks. We want to stop this if we can.

Example:

http://www.scirra.com/users/buildingcredit

Thoughts? Cool with everyone to introduce this low limit?Tom2011-07-11 13:29:56
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:18 pm

I don't think this is good, as it just means more spam posts will be made before these people can put up their spam. One post of links vs 50 posts + the spam post isn't cool.

For the WoW gold ones, playing WoW to get it is a job in China, so I'm sure they have advertising it as a job. Either that, or they will just write Scirra specific bots.

IMO, the posts are more hazardous than the profiles. You have to look to find their profile links.

Edit: Ah, after I a re-read I see that there is no change to whether the URL's can be posted in the topics still.

Ok, I agree with this change then. That at least stops people from making fake accounts to spam profiles and taking up user names.Jayjay2011-07-11 14:25:14
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:40 pm

For me the whole rep thing causes more problems than it's worth. It's just not needed at all.
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:57 pm

I understand your reservations Ethan, but we are trying to make it compliment the site, not be a blockade for anything. One useful thing rep can do is create natural filters such as the one I propose that should help keep the site in a lot better condition without having mods/admins spend hours of time checking them and deleting them manually!
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:58 pm

The best thing to do honestly, is just report the thread or post(s) in question and the moderation team can now deal with it.

It would be nice if our job was "easier" but it's not exactly hard anyway.

It also means I get to wave the ban hammer around, which doesn't happen very often since everyone here is generally so well behaved. ;)

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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:59 pm

Reporting posts is now available in the upgrade, but this is more in regards to people abusing their profiles for spam purposes which is harder to control.
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:03 pm

[QUOTE=Tom] Reporting posts is now available in the upgrade, but this is more in regards to people abusing their profiles for spam purposes which is harder to control.[/QUOTE]

Oh I see, I thought you meant just the bots.

If users are doing this as well then, yeah... maybe a minimum rep requirement that can be over-ridden if a user proves themselves "trustworthy" prior to reaching the 200 rep requirement, since not all users will want to post 200 times just to advertise their project.

If the user can perhaps request early "release" or something, via PM or maybe a thread? Not sure how one would deal with that...

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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:05 pm

When you register you are given 100 rep from the go, so 200 would mean ~50 forum posts, or 10 upvotes on a comment you leave, or 1 tutorial submission. It wouldn't take someone long to reach, although 150 might be better.
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:24 pm

I think it's perfectly fair to require 200 rep to add a link.

It's not a big deal if you can't put your link there, and we get tonnes and tonnes of spambots. It's a big problem for the site, and the more spamlinks that make it on the site the more likely search engines are to downgrade the whole Scirra site as a "dodgy neighbourhood". This 200 rep thing will probably just remove the problem entirely, at minimal inconvenience for regular users.

(All forum links should be nofollow'd as well, perhaps until 200 rep)Ashley2011-07-11 15:26:56
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Post » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:58 pm

With the previous forum software, this wasn't an issue because the search engine crawl bots didn't check profile pages because a person had to be logged in to view them - I'm assuming that isn't an option for web wiz?

I kind of liked when users could post links at their first post, because it made it real easy to tell who the spammers were and keep the forum clean. If they can't post links, and they post anyway, then there's no way to tell they're spammers and people end up pointlessly responding to them.
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