What To Do When Someone is SPAMMING THIS FORUM

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Hi guys,

Just hit the report button please, and don't bother to comment on the thread.

Paul Myers revealed to me that if you comment right under the spammer you risk your name being too close to the spammer and a technical error can occur such as your account getting wiped out by accident. Rare occurrence, but apparently has happened in the past.

Look for the little red triangle and hit it.

If it is hit enough times, the post will go poof.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3akoko
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    **** it Jill. I have reported more than 8 of them this morning. The threads get deleted, but dude is not banned and keeps on keeping on.

    I think the ban button is broken this morning.

    But hey, not my problem is it?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Here is another word of warning too - if you are even thinking about checking those links or downloading you may want to think again.

      You might get something very evil on your computer if you do.

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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      **** it Jill. I have reported more than 8 of them this morning. The threads get deleted, but dude is not banned and keeps on keeping on.

      I think the ban button is broken this morning.

      But hey, not my problem is it?
      I understand but commenting on their thread will not make them go away any faster. All it does is brings the threads back to the top of the forum so these idiots get even more exposure before they are banned.

      If we all just ignore them and report the post they will be gone soon enough.
    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      **** it Jill. I have reported more than 8 of them this morning. The threads get deleted, but dude is not banned and keeps on keeping on.
      That's because the mods are too busy deleting your threads and posts -- the spammers will have to wait.
  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    I just hit a banner ad here...that lead to a WSO...that sells a piece of software...that SPAMS FORUMS. Hilarious. But the developers assure us it's "LEGALL" (stet).
    • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
      Originally Posted by The Copy Nazi View Post

      I just hit a banner ad here...that lead to a WSO...that sells a piece of software...that SPAMS FORUMS. Hilarious. But the developers assure us it's "LEGALL" (stet).
      Oh Mal.

      How I miss your true humour.
  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    Thanks, Jill, I never even noticed that button. I also see there's an "add infraction" button. I think I'll ignore that one for now, but it's good to be able to report blatant spam posts.

    Edit: it's probably a good thing that these buttons are not too easy to find. Otherwise, that could be another form of spamming, which is a problem on sites like YouTube, where people like to "report" videos they don't like, or just for the hell of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author William Steven Wells
      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      ... it's probably a good thing that these buttons are not too easy to find. Otherwise, that could be another form of spamming, which is a problem on sites like YouTube, where people like to "report" videos they don't like, or just for the hell of it.
      Not that this is important to this thread, I just want to get but it off my chest a similar experience. I was simurly attacked on ezine becuse a person with a simular product falsely reported on his computition to get their articles banned or whatever. Frustrating to say the least.

      Hope that sort of thing isn't happening here, although it appears that the potential for that sort of abuse exists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Jill,
    Paul Myers revealed to me that if you comment right under the spammer you risk your name being too close to the spammer and a technical error can occur such as your account getting wiped out by accident. Rare occurrence, but apparently has happened in the past.
    That's not a technical glitch. It's human error. I fat-moused an account that way last week.

    It's very uncommon, but that doesn't make it any less annoying and inconvenient for the person who gets zapped. I think, between the bunch of us, it's happened 4 times in the past 3 years. Twice to the same person, bless her forgiving soul.

    Lots of good advice in this thread, but there's one thing that was left out:

    Don't Panic

    There will occasionally be times when there's no moderator watching things. Just report the stuff and remain calm. The fact that things don't disappear immediately might be for that simple reason.

    Putting insulting comments about the moderation team in the reports isn't going to make things happen any faster.


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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Boisvert
      Putting insulting comments about the moderation team in the reports isn't going to make things happen any faster.
      Well that takes the fun out of it!

      I usually try to quote Monty Python in my complaints..."Spam and eggs", "Egg Bacon and Spam","egg, bacon, sausage and spam"...and so on.

      ~keith
    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Lots of good advice in this thread, but there's one thing that was left out:

      Don't Panic
      LOL! But when you see a troll posting thread after thread with download links for WSOs or something equally despicable, all the while rubbing his warty little hands together and jumping up and down in glee, it's hard to stay calm and wait for him to be banned.
    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Paul,

      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Jill,That's not a technical glitch. It's human error. I fat-moused an account that way last week.
      I was just trying to make you look good. I know you would never make a mistake. It's always the computers fault or a software error.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    I just gave Paul a big Fat Thank You. No I didn't say he was Fat, but then...

    Paul please note the thanks under my brownie points that I get for thanking you.

    Just send all my post to the top of the Main Marketing Discussion forum. That way I will not be spamming, because it will be brownie points showing up. :p

    Sorry guys I just had to throw a little humor into the thread.

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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by Ken Leatherman View Post

      Sorry guys I just had to throw a little humor into the thread.

      Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

    Hi guys,

    Just hit the report button please, and don't bother to comment on the thread.

    Paul Myers revealed to me that if you comment right under the spammer you risk your name being too close to the spammer and a technical error can occur such as your account getting wiped out by accident. Rare occurrence, but apparently has happened in the past.

    Look for the little red triangle and hit it.

    If it is hit enough times, the post will go poof.
    Yep, it happened to me, but luckily not all of my posts were deleted. All of the THREADS I had started were erased, including my most successful WSO ever (up to that date).

    It's a shame, because I used to love messing with spammer's heads.

    Now I just click the red triangle.

    All the best,
    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      Thanks for the reminder, Jill. I've used that little red triangle quite a few times - for spammers and also for new members who post a bunch of similar one-liners in the space of a few minutes just to get their post count up :rolleyes:.

      The mods are great about quickly getting rid of them once they've been reported. I do understand the temptation to respond to them as they are so irritating, but reporting them is easy and far more effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Here we go again!!!

    ~MM~
    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      Here we go again!!!

      ~MM~
      I bumped my own thread. lol

      I am such a little spammer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    The little red triangle for my head doesn't fit. But I think a new Tin Foil Triangle would help me and all spammers. As I'm giving useful information this doesn't count as spamming. Does it?


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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Originally Posted by Ken Leatherman View Post

      The little red triangle for my head doesn't fit. But I think a new Tin Foil Triangle would help me and all spammers. As I'm giving useful information this doesn't count as spamming. Does it?


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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    Doggone, Thanks Michael. I look much younger in my new hat. But still waiting on the dog's hat.

    But don't make the dog look younger than me.

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  • Profile picture of the author BigRichLane
    IMHO you guys are a little ban happy. the mod for this section of the forum is not even online and my thread was deleted in less than 10 minutes for offering free training? i am a paying war room member not a spammer. give it a rest people!
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Rich,
      IMHO you guys are a little ban happy.
      If that was the case, you'd have been banned for posting a recruiting ad in a discussion section.

      Paying for War Room access gets you the privileges that go with it. It does not exempt you from the rules.


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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    Mr. Wells,

    From time to time that may and does occur. However, IMO, most folks here stay above board when reporting a thread.

    Not only that the "Actual Moderators" are pretty smart about picking up on an "assassination" attempt by someone on someone else.

    Now I have my brownie points in for the day.

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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    I had my thread deleted today because I was thinking of making a WSO out of it.

    Guess I won't now since apparently the WF doesn't want me to make WSO's out of my threads.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

      I had my thread deleted today because I was thinking of making a WSO out of it.

      Guess I won't now since apparently the WF doesn't want me to make WSO's out of my threads.
      That's right.

      They like you to use the WSO section and pay for it like everyone else has too.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

      I had my thread deleted today because I was thinking of making a WSO out of it.
      Really? When I did that two years ago, I got banned for a week.

      Primarily because we have an ongoing and persistent problem with people starting threads about "why doesn't someone make THIS product?" when they have already made it. Then, when people act interested and he can see the market potential, HEY PRESTO there's a WSO.

      That's advertising, not discussion, and it's against the rules. Trouble is, sometimes it's hard to tell whether someone's advertising or honestly thinking about creating a new product - and mistakes get made. Oh well. Suck it up and live with it.

      Unless, of course, you were actually advertising and deserved to get your thread deleted. In which case it serves you right. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

    That's right.

    They like you to use the WSO section and pay for it like everyone else has too.
    Cool.

    I'll remember that when I launch my forum spamming WSO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      I'll remember that when I launch my forum spamming WSO.
      Don't even joke about that idea. We recently banned a prominent member for 30 days for advocating spamming this forum. What makes you think we won't just remove you entirely if you do that?


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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    If I decided to build a niche site and email list on "Viagra" and I sent them all an email would that automatically make me a spammer?

    Or just a spanner?

    Chris
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I had my thread deleted today because I was thinking of making a WSO out of it.

      Guess I won't now since apparently the WF doesn't want me to make WSO's out of my threads.
      A thread about a method or strategy will run just fine - until you mention it's going to be/may be/ could be your WSO. That makes it promotional.

      A thread is where you share information - a WSO is where you sell it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Eric,
    And for the record Paul, if you look up a few posts, you'll see someone is ALREADY promoting a wso that spams forums, on a WF banner ad, no less.
    Link, please. It will go away.

    Rich,
    last time i checked post count doesn't give you any authority.
    To quote Clint Eastwood and Randy Travis, "Don't reach for the honey without smokin' the hive."


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    I sincerely agree with what you said on this post. It has been very eye opening for me.

    Great post!

    Wow that really makes me think.

    That's how I feel too!

    *insert another generic spammy comment*

    Seriously though- I think I've got the slowest mouse in the West. I know a lot of people complain about these spammy comments, but I don't really see em all that much.

    Maybe Im just lucky with my thread searching?
    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post


      Seriously though- I think I've got the slowest mouse in the West. I know a lot of people complain about these spammy comments, but I don't really see em all that much.

      Maybe Im just lucky with my thread searching?
      There was an incident this morning with what appeared to look like an automated bot. So I devilishly spammed my own post to bring it back up. It was easier and quicker to give a bump than to start something new.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    What To Do When Someone is SPAMMING THIS FORUM

    Umm...? Bump this thread?

    Did I win?
    No? - Dang!

    ~MM~
  • Profile picture of the author Lex Redbone
    I'd click the red triangle AND IGNORE the spammer!

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