Aaah... So I guess it's sanctioned spamming...

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Post asking about WF PM spam was removed, which answers the question.

Jeez, this place just ain't this place anymore.
#aaah #guess #sanctioned #spamming
  • Profile picture of the author angiecolee
    Originally Posted by MontelloMarketing View Post

    Post asking about WF PM spam was removed, which answers the question.

    Jeez, this place just ain't this place anymore.
    Yeah...

    Slightly disappointing sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Cohen
    Change in life is inevitable. Why should the WF be any different?

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      Taking a good product and making it suck is not inevitable.
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      • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
        Vin,

        I saw your original post and suspect it was removed because you actually reprinted the whole spam in your post. In effect, you were rewarding someone with high visibility for having spammed you, don't you think?

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  • I wish that were the case, Marcia. If it were... I would suspect then that I would have gotten a reprimand. "Hey, thanks for pointing out the spammer, but next time don't repost..." sort of thing. It's more likely this wasn't actual spam at all as far as WF is concerned. It was a paid ad. At least that's the feeling I"m getting.

    I would love for an actual power that be tell us one way or another.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeHumphreys
      Originally Posted by MontelloMarketing View Post

      I wish that were the case, Marcia. If it were... I would suspect then that I would have gotten a reprimand. "Hey, thanks for pointing out the spammer, but next time don't repost..." sort of thing. It's more likely this wasn't actual spam at all as far as WF is concerned. It was a paid ad. At least that's the feeling I"m getting.

      I would love for an actual power that be tell us one way or another.
      I wouldn't hold your breath if I was you. From what I've heard, they replaced all of the moderators with an overseas help desk that does the moderation for all of WF.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Cohen
        Originally Posted by MikeHumphreys View Post

        I wouldn't hold your breath if I was you. From what I've heard, they replaced all of the moderators with an overseas help desk that does the moderation for all of WF.
        I'm aghast... an overseas help desk?!

        We can only dream of the horrors that await us in the future.

        Get a grip guys and gals. You survived the change from paper and ink to electrons... you'll survive the WF changes too.

        Alex
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        • Profile picture of the author Cam Connor
          Originally Posted by Alex Cohen View Post

          I'm aghast... an overseas help desk?!

          We can only dream of the horrors that await us in the future.

          Get a grip guys and gals. You survived the change from paper and ink to electrons... you'll survive the WF changes too.

          Alex
          My reaction was about the same...

          except without the sarcasm.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeHumphreys
          Originally Posted by Alex Cohen View Post

          I'm aghast... an overseas help desk?!

          We can only dream of the horrors that await us in the future.

          Get a grip guys and gals. You survived the change from paper and ink to electrons... you'll survive the WF changes too.

          Alex
          You missed the point. There wouldn't be any PM/email warnings from a moderator if everything is being done by a help desk instead.

          It might be an efficient way to handle it but it also comes across as more impersonal.

          But don't worry about me. I've survived far worse things than the WF.
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        • Profile picture of the author perryny
          Originally Posted by Alex Cohen View Post

          Get a grip guys and gals. You survived the change from paper and ink to electrons... you'll survive the WF changes too.

          Alex
          We will survive, and WF will probably survive.

          But will we who have been her 5 years ago still be with WF 5 years from now?

          A year ago I didn't think it would happen, but now I'm thinking it's inevitable. WF is a neighborhood that's going downhill fast. The good people are leaving in droves, and a bad element is moving in fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cam Connor
    AFAIK, there's no way people can pay $$ for the right to spam our PM boxes, so if WF is secretly selling the rights to do that to a few individuals, then that would be super shadesville. Still, I don't know that that's the case... I've gotten PM spam before, sometimes it just happens.

    *shrugs*
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I was doing some research this afternoon - was shocked to find there are about almost a hundred "WF members" who have forum names that are "SEOxxxxxxxxx" (i.e., the letters SEO followed by 9 numbers). Every one of those is likely a bot - and the "activity" they were involved in was "logging in" and 'PRIVATE MESSAGING". They all had the same IP range - and it's a "hidden" IP with a reputation of being used for spam and scams.

      It's got to be hard for mods to keep up with it. I reported a similar PM the other day and that one bot/person was removed....but they just keep coming.
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