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    Outbrake of Spam Users

    Has anyone noticed that members like nsk and other ones have been flooding the forums with the same message.
    I remember one saying 'Hey, nice posting!' then a link to their site.
    This will be a hard job for the moderators, so I think that each thread should have to be approved and members less than 100 posts, have to have their posts approved by a mod.
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    http://www.codingforums.com/report.php?p=691187
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    there is a link for us 'regulars' to click if we 'think' it's spam. the mod for that forum then gets notified and acts appropriatly.
    It's a red triangle witht an exclamtion mark in (!)

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    I just reported one of their posts. The image location concerns me, it may be a masked PHP file. Hope a mod/admin gets on this.

    This will be a hard job for the moderators, so I think that each thread should have to be approved and members less than 100 posts, have to have their posts approved by a mod.
    I think that would be even harder for the mods. I would be included in that restriction :S. I say posting limits for people under 7 days.
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    I guess you beet me to it :P
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    nsk has been banned already but his posts still exist.

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    Good. There is like 13 more. Dont know if they are all banned .-.
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    There's only four of us who can clear out all post by a member across the various forums: George, Jason, Kevin and I. So naturally, if a moderator finds a spammer, he'll ban him, but the cleaning up must be done by one of us four if it's not a single-post spammer. (Most spammers are...) Another type of spamming that has become "popular" the last months is tag-team spamming, hiding the spamminess as a conversation.

    I went through users <2 posts back in April, all the way to last day of 2007. There were so many users with spammy signatures or obvious names but no posts that I must have cleared out maybe every fourth new user in that time. And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.
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    Ok.
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    But if you see spam, your best bet is the report this post link. That way someone in charge will be alerted and take a look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyJ View Post
    nsk has been banned already but his posts still exist.
    and count as backlinks for search engines. This is the real reason to spam cf. Since they don't see that the posts are removed, they come back to post again.

    Quote Originally Posted by liorean View Post
    There's only four of us who can clear out all post by a member across the various forums: George, Jason, Kevin and I. So naturally, if a moderator finds a spammer, he'll ban him, but the cleaning up must be done by one of us four if it's not a single-post spammer. (Most spammers are...) Another type of spamming that has become "popular" the last months is tag-team spamming, hiding the spamminess as a conversation.

    I went through users <2 posts back in April, all the way to last day of 2007. There were so many users with spammy signatures or obvious names but no posts that I must have cleared out maybe every fourth new user in that time. And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.
    I could help to find the old spammed posts in my spare time if this help and is effective.

    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    But if you see spam, your best bet is the report this post link. That way someone in charge will be alerted and take a look at it.
    I have two problem with that:
    1. last two spammer I reported, use a bot, so they post about 6-10 posts in less then 60 seconds. After first report I recive a message like "you must wait for 60 seconds untill next report"
    2. reporting each post of a spammer don't stress instead of help? I report each post because I think that is more easy for moderators to identify the posts and remove, but now I'm confuse,

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    Report one spam post per user, it isn't our first barbeque, the moderator that gets it will ban the user and remove the offending post. If there are other posts, they will let someone else know. And it is easy to mass remove spam by a single user, you just have to search for all posts by the user and hit delete so don't worry about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    Report one spam post per user, it isn't our first barbeque, the moderator that gets it will ban the user and remove the offending post. If there are other posts, they will let someone else know.
    is hard to decide from one post that is spam or not if of course this is not obvious,
    some are half-spammer, For example somebody post few weeks ago some links and comments as BabyJack said but also post a answer to a question, a good one,
    I assume that somebody read the post before removing,

    And it is easy to mass remove spam by a single user, you just have to search for all posts by the user and hit delete so don't worry about that.
    I know, that's the way I find them once I find one,

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    Quote Originally Posted by liorean View Post
    And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.
    IMO, when a new user get registered, he/she should get a notification about this change, along with the welcome message.
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    If the permissions/groups are supposed to be setup so that new members cannot post links, it is not working.

    There is a current list of 7 spam posts with 5 links in the post by this member - geekguoji
    http://www.codingforums.com/member.php?u=62482 who signed up on 05-22-2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by CFMaBiSmAd View Post
    There is a current list of 7 spam posts with 5 links in the post by this member - geekguoji
    http://www.codingforums.com/member.php?u=62482 who signed up on 05-22-2008
    Thanks for the heads up, the user has been banned and the posts removed.
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