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User Guidance: How to identify and react to spam

Discussion in 'Comments & Feedback' started by btarunr, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    TPU is a big and popular community. Where there are 1000s of users from all over the world, 100s active at any given time, there's always an open invitation for spammers to spread spam here.

    While we are adequately equipped with moderators spread across different time-zones, have a "one-click" method of destroying spam and deleting spam accounts, a good deal of this work relies on users reporting suspicious posts. Reporting posts is a guaranteed way of alerting the staff of something going wrong, spam being one of them. There have been several instances where users instead of reporting suspicious posts, quoted, and replied to spam. This is not what you should be doing. While any moderator can delete spam from anywhere in the forums, not all moderators can delete posts from users everywhere. Hence even while the spam is gone, the contents of the spam post(s) are probably quoted by a user a moderator cannot edit/delete. Here is a small guidance:

    Identifying Spam:

    Here's what a typical spam post should look like:

    [​IMG]

    1. A username that makes perfect spam sense, sometimes the username has a random number or special characters
    2. Signature space has suspicious links
    3. The obvious links in the post's body

    Sometimes the spammer starts off with something seemingly useless, with the post body saying nothing more than "very useful post, thanks a lot!" and the signature having a/some suspicious link(s), even this qualifies as spam.

    Reacting to Spam:

    Do not quote or reply to the spam in any way. It makes things difficult to clean up threads.

    Report the post. Click on the [​IMG] button for the spam post, just type in "spam" in the text box, and submit the report. Any active moderator will follow up with the report and delete the spam. Again, reporting posts is the best way of alerting the entire mod staff of something wrong, you would rather not send PMs or visitor messages to specific moderators, when you have the easier way of doing it.
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  2. tzitzibp

    tzitzibp New Member

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    we try our best!
    The last thing we all need is a site full of spam....
  3. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    this needs to be stickied. It gets tiresome cleaning up after people start quoting the spam post... even if we ban the spammer, his posts live on in quotes.
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  4. mlee49

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    I actually read this thread earlier and it seriously helped with the spam I just reported.

    I thought earlier that the I hadn't seen any spam in a while, guess it was all timing.
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    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    Good idea and nice work Btarunr.
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    tzitzibp New Member

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    I agree... this should be stickied!
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    Fitseries3 Eleet Hardware Junkie

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    the report post button is also the formal way to tell the mods/admins if someone is provoking an argument, "flaming", name calling, or any situation which needs to be intercepted by a higher power.
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    Excellent post particularly with the identifying spam as some are easier to pick as spam than others.
  9. kyle2020 Guest

    Spot on guide for newer members. If in doubt, always ask a mod or someone in higher power!
  10. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    oh rofl, BTA just deleted a spam post from this thread!
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    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Around ~30 seconds after it was posted. :)
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    and 10 seconds before i came into this thread. it always amases me how you and sneeky can find and delete spam before i even get the email alerts telling me the threads got a new post.
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    nice share! thanks...
  14. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    The aliens upgraded our anti-spam reflexes. I'd asked for better reflexes on the road though. Life is unfair.
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    fried spam sarnie on toast with mustard please
    10 Million points folded for TPU
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    Bump, looks like we've been spammed again.
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    Mods seem to be AFK :D... longest spam post iv ever seen on TPU... usualy there gone within 90 seconds. this one is still here 15 mins later.
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    i sent bta and mussels an email maybe he and everyone else is busy
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    yeah but your email linked to nothing lol.
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    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    Don't e-mail us for spam. Just use the report post button and someone will get to it eventually.

    We get e-mail alerts when you report a post. If we're busy we're busy a 15 minute spam thread isn't the end of the world.
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    I just want to say if a post includes good looking female breasts it won't get reported by me.
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    :laugh: that's probably because said person was gone before you read it :D
    never mind it just bugged me that no one was around, but that's how it is sometimes, doubt it'll happen again :toast:


    i do talk to you guys outside of tpu (sometimes, well maybe not you polaris :p)
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    thats why we gonna have judgment day :toast:
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    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    That's different. You know what I mean. :slap:
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    Hello there people! I am also very sensitive to spammers. I will cooperate to slash them out from our community.

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