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Old 01-05-2013, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The spam on SM is getting worse and worse. I know quite a few of us have to report threads for iphones, streaming football videos, etc. on a daily basis now. Spambots are getting smarter and smarter. The other day was terrible - it went on all day. Poor Maggie! It's got to drive the mods crazy constantly getting reports of spam.

All the other forums I have belonged to don't allow a newbie's first few posts to automatically post to the board. The first 3-5 posts have to be approved by a moderator before they show up on the forum. This stops the spambots from bombarding a forum with ads. The mods can just block their IP address and we never have to see all those ads.

I think this would work well on SM as it would allow the mods to keep one step ahead of the spam.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are so smart, Marj! I second your suggestion.
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Yea - i think it was last night that the one person opened about 7 threads. Nothing to do with Maltese. Not a bad idea.
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I agree, we have to do something. It's really out of hand.
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Maybe we should all buy one of those "Spam" watches!
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That is a good idea.
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I see three on there right now for iPhones. I just don't click on them. The only time these things are aggravating to me is when I come here on my phone and it takes up space that I could've otherwise seen new posts. But it still doesn't cause me that much trouble since I can just scroll past them.
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I see three on there right now for iPhones. I just don't click on them. The only time these things are aggravating to me is when I come here on my phone and it takes up space that I could've otherwise seen new posts. But it still doesn't cause me that much trouble since I can just scroll past them.
I wasn't referring to the pop up ads, but actual spam threads. Most are from other countries so the spambots crawl in the night. Quite a few of us report all the new ones every morning when we log onto SM. I always click on "new posts" and the index is full of them. I know it must drive the mods crazy to keep getting spam alerts.
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It has been worse than usual the past few days for some reason - I will point Yung to your suggestion and see what he says.
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All the other forums I have belonged to don't allow a newbie's first few posts to automatically post to the board. The first 3-5 posts have to be approved by a moderator before they show up on the forum. This stops the spambots from bombarding a forum with ads. The mods can just block their IP address and we never have to see all those ads.

I think this would work well on SM as it would allow the mods to keep one step ahead of the spam.
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Yea - i think it was last night that the one person opened about 7 threads. Nothing to do with Maltese. Not a bad idea.

That's a wonderful idea Marj! I know Sue, i was reporting last night it was rather ridiculous.

I just want to take a moment to thank you Maggie for all you do!
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