Moderated "Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum"

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Lately I've seen a lot of spam in the Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum. People just aren't aware that they aren't allowed to post ads in that section. Although the mods do a great job of taking them down soon after they are released to the public, it's still very annoying! I know that the $10 registration fee was meant to counter this stuff, but it definitely hasn't fully since there are many ignorant people.

I would highly suggest the threads created are sent for approval before going live. If it is so time consuming for mods, perhaps we can allow more advanced members to post threads without moderation, while new members have to go through moderation (just a suggestion). This will certainly counter the spam I've been seeing lately on the WF.
#suggestions #moderated

  • Profile picture of the author James Gould
    There was an option on phpBB which limits users with under X amount of posts from submitting a thread/post without moderation, which may be viable here on vB.

    The only issue is the vast increase in work going through moderation logs. Even though they're already posted on the forum, the reports and combined efforts of the userbase (instead of a small mod team) seems to clear up the forum just fine.

    Logically, I can't see any further action on it, only because it's being dealt with at the moment.
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Sorry Ben. This is a horrible idea.

    Every thread being approved before it was posted?!

    No way is that going to happen.

    In all honesty, for a forum of this size (it is one of the biggest forums on the Internet) the amount of spam is quite negligible. You are never going to totally get rid of spammers. This forum has done a pretty good job of getting rid of most of them though... and the rest are very quickly and very easily removed.

    There is no need to inconvenience the majority because of a very small minority.
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    Originally Posted by WillR View Post

    Sorry Ben. This is a horrible idea.

    Every thread being approved before it was posted?!

    No way is that going to happen.

    In all honesty, for a forum of this size (it is one of the biggest forums on the Internet) the amount of spam is quite negligible. You are never going to totally get rid of spammers. This forum has done a pretty good job of getting rid of most of them though... and the rest are very quickly and very easily removed.

    There is no need to inconvenience the majority because of a very small minority.
    Will, I don't think you read my post to the end. As I said previously, it would be great is we could let advanced users post without moderation, but new users post with moderation. It will counter 99.9% of the spam in the internet marketing discussion forum. It shouldn't be way too time consuming to do, considering all the tasks mods are already doing. Just a little bit of additional workload that would counter nearly all the spam that's happening there.

    We only get about 20-30 new threads a day in the Internet Marketing Discussion Forum. About 80% of those are from advanced Warriors. That leaves about 4-6 threads to approve/disapprove a day. It's not too hard of a task to do.
  • Profile picture of the author dean20653
    Would this include commenting on threads as well? Ive seen in the middle of a long conversation, a random spam hit.

    I think a smaller signup fee would do the trick or if they use your idea, then WAR room members go unmod, and anybody with less than 25 posts will be mod approved.

    Im sure there are quite a few vets that wouldn't mind volunteering to help mod the newbie posts!
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    Originally Posted by dean20653 View Post

    Would this include commenting on threads as well? Ive seen in the middle of a long conversation, a random spam hit.

    I think a smaller signup fee would do the trick or if they use your idea, then WAR room members go unmod, and anybody with less than 25 posts will be mod approved.

    Im sure there are quite a few vets that wouldn't mind volunteering to help mod the newbie posts!
    No, commenting would not include it. It would be too hard for the mods.

    The problem is not only spammers, but also people that are just not aware of the WF rules. This would counter against the spammers who create threads and the new members that just don't know the rules. It would not be about to fully clear spam comments.
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    The forum use to be pre-moderated but it was much smaller then.

    Mark
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

    The forum use to be pre-moderated but it was much smaller then.

    Mark
    Hmm, I didn't know that. The thing is -- if my calculations are correct -- they would only need to monitor about 5 threads a day if they restricted new users from posting without moderation. I don't think that's too difficult of a task.

    Ben

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