We're Being Invaded..."Thank You For Sharing"...

by admin Administrator
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We need some help from the members here.

Whenever you see one of these strange posts that says something like "thank you for your sharings" in a thread were it just doesn't seem to fit, please report it as spam.

We are getting hundreds of these. They are easy to spot. They will usually say something stupid that just doesn't fit the thread at all and they will have a link in their sig leading to some off the wall clothes or electronics site.

They are trying to blend in as a regular member and as usual they are too stupid to actually do so.

A large number of threads look retarded with these people in them.

The problem is we can't see every one of these people, the members must take a second to report them so we can remove them.

If the members don't choose to report these losers then we have to bring back an army of Moderators which is something I don't want to do.

Help us out, please...

Thanks,

Allen
  • Profile picture of the author LegitIncomes
    I haven't seen any yet...so you must be doing a pretty good job.
    I'll keep an eye out and report when I see them.
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  • Profile picture of the author zephyrwriting
    I was actually pretty tempted to put "thank you for sharing" as my reply, but figured that would possibly be a bad move on my part.

    Yeah, will keep my eyes open too - I've seen a couple but sorta assumed they were legitimately 'thank you'-ing people.

    -Vish.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    Sure thing... Thanks For Sharing...

    Ha... couldn't resist...

    But in all seriousness, I certainly have noticed this, and people posting for no other reason than to up their post count, and it's getting quite annoying...

    I didn't feel compelled to actually 'report' these types of posts (annoying as they may be, not to offend someone that might not know the rules yet) up until now with the go-ahead from Allen.

    Thanks, I will start doing my part to help keep this place cleaned up.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    How about a sticky or a rule somewhere that says:

    If you just want to thank someone for their post, and don't have any additional info that would benefit the community...

    JUST CLICK THE THANKS BUTTON!!!

    - Jared
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Definitely will do. Community policing is what it takes? That's what you get.

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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Count me in Allen.

        Also members, look at the member who posted, when they joined and how
        many posts they have too.

        If it's somebody like me who says "thanks for sharing" or something similar
        (though I'm rarely that brief), you can probably assume it is a legit post and
        the person just didn't have anything further to add.

        But if it's a new person and the post fits the description, then it's a safe
        bet that it's spam.

        Having said that, some very long winded posts can be pretty crappy.

        Just read some of mine.
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        • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
          Allen

          I haven't noticed any recently except for one troll in the WSO section. Are they just targeting particular popular topics in the Main Forum or are they all over like termites?

          Martin
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff B
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Count me in Allen.

          Also members, look at the member who posted, when they joined and how
          many posts they have too.

          If it's somebody like me who says "thanks for sharing" or something similar
          (though I'm rarely that brief), you can probably assume it is a legit post and
          the person just didn't have anything further to add.

          But if it's a new person and the post fits the description, then it's a safe
          bet that it's spam.

          Having said that, some very long winded posts can be pretty crappy.

          Just read some of mine.
          All "Thanks for sharing" posts should be treated equally. There is a thanks button and no one wants to have to wade through "Thanks for sharing" posts from anyone, be it a spammer or be it you, to get to the good posts that add value to a thread.

          You don't get a free pass for wasting the thread reader's time just because you have over 10,000 posts. Sorry. :p
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post

            All "Thanks for sharing" posts should be treated equally. There is a thanks button and no one wants to have to wade through "Thanks for sharing" posts from anyone, be it a spammer or be it you, to get to the good posts that add value to a thread.

            You don't get a free pass for wasting the thread reader's time just because you have over 10,000 posts. Sorry. :p
            Jeff, you make a good point. If all you can say is "thanks for sharing" then
            the thank you button is probably all you need.

            Agreed.

            Great, now I'm relegated to my long winded, thought provoking, mind
            numbing posts.

            Oh well, it could be worse...you could have to listen to me sing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Brock
      Originally Posted by webdesignhq View Post

      How about a sticky or a rule somewhere that says:

      If you just want to thank someone for their post, and don't have any additional info that would benefit the community...

      JUST CLICK THE THANKS BUTTON!!!

      - Jared
      Great solution to the issue Jared. I'll certainly be implementing it. After all, that's what the thanks button is for isn't it?!?

      P.S - To everyone that felt obliged (but didn't follow through) to reply with "Thank you for sharing" - glad to see the sense of humour here is on my level!

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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    Trolls are running wild in the wf? Allen we shall do our best to help out!
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Allen, *thanks for sharing* I'll be on the lookout
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  • Profile picture of the author SuzanneH
    One thing I do when I see a post of that nature is I'll look at the person's past posts. If they're all short posts within the past few minutes, then...ZAPPO! ;-)

    I'll look to see if they just signed up, too -- but sometimes these spammers rub a couple of brain cells together, register an account and then come back later on. But mostly, they have to share that one brain cell and they're pretty easy to spot...

    Suzanne
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Okay, I just took a look around and Allen's right...we are being hammered
      with these things.

      Suggestion. Have a thread where people can post the URLs where these
      posts are so that we can go right to them and nuke them. I found one
      thread with 2 posts alone. It might quicken the process if we know where
      to go to.

      I don't know, it's just a thought.
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      • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Okay, I just took a look around and Allen's right...we are being hammered
        with these things.

        Suggestion. Have a thread where people can post the URLs where these
        posts are so that we can go right to them and nuke them. I found one
        thread with 2 posts alone. It might quicken the process if we know where
        to go to.

        I don't know, it's just a thought.

        Steven,

        It's really dead drop stunningly simple.
        Look to the right hand side of the posted message pane (panel)

        You will see some icons - you know those little symbol things.
        The one that looks like a red triangle with an exclamation mark in it actually has a real purpose.
        It's to report the freakin post.

        As Nike! would say - just do it

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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Originally Posted by admin View Post

    If the members don't choose to report these losers then we have to bring back an army of Moderators which is something I don't want to do.
    Oh sheet! No!

    Quick, nuke these dumbass posts.. I'm retired from modding and hoping to stay that way

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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
      Hmmm, tempting!

      So, if we don't nuke the posts we'll get the return of John Taylor's witty spamzapping comments.

      That tiny infraction button is just so hard to see on my small computer screen . . .

      Martin
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    • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      Oh sheet! No!

      Quick, nuke these dumbass posts.. I'm retired from modding and hoping to stay that way

      John

      Oh No!

      No more dumbass posts!

      They were history in the making, and much more than that, Humourous at the same time ( for Big Mike note, I didn't say humous! nice though all the same)

      John,

      I think you've influenced me more than you know..... for example

      Today's stoopid telephone sales call........

      Hello, is that xxyz co?

      (Well he dialed the number he should know --- moving on!)

      answer = yes (Yawn! :p)

      I am Mr! Arfur Daily, scirpt Salesman calling you from Iamanidiotco - pause 2 seconds! Iamanidiotco is working with your local council and police department. Our campaign is to spam local unsuspecting business so we can pounce on you and sell you stuff using scare tactics!

      When I asked could he provide me with a double barrelled shotgun to shoot salesmen, all of a sudden he hung up!

      What did I say!

      Thanks John, in more ways than one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark McWilliams
    Hmm, yeah, you got a point Allen!

    One thing that's really bugging me is how they all digg up old, and I mean
    really old threads! At times, there are 3-4 months inbetween, and I always
    make sure to report those. Unless the member happens to have added
    something to the thread!

    But if you have to bring back the Moderators Allen, then it'll have to be
    done. It takes a matter of 30 seconds to report a post!

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Lexiranae
    I haven't actually seen any of those yet, but thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely report it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelly Verge
    I wish there a way to report a user instead of just posts.

    I know it has the potential to be abused, but sometimes I see a user (schroederss3, for example) who is just posting for count or perhaps for the backlinks, and it would be nice to hit them a little harder than just taking down one post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Have you considered posting a trap thread every now and then?

    Basically you start a thread that says do not respond to this post. If you do, your account will be terminated.

    These types of traps usually work well for the posters that are just trying to up their post count and not even reading the threads they are posting in.

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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    I seen a WF blog the other day - one post - basically just a classified ad and link to a website with nothing on it - does that count as well?

    Leanne
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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
    Banned
    And then there's the one line post invaders,
    all with the same video in their sig files.
    There's another one on the loose as we speak.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Derrick
    Thank you for sharing.

    That is interesting.

    I like what you had to say.

    HA HA HA HA HA... okay, I just couldn't resist. I really couldn't.

    I am really here and really reading.

    Looks like WF is getting the kind of posts I've been getting for over a year on my blog.

    It seems that the general feel for WF has changed in the last month or two. Scroll down the main forum and the majority of posts are "how do I set up website" or "which host is best" or "what generic question can I post"
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    Just contributed, and glad to see that spammy thread from a member with 2 posts is now gone

    I think this is why I left other forums and came back to Warriors - less spam in here
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  • Profile picture of the author Alican Yenidogan
    Allen,

    Just an idea,

    I'm sure someone would be able to write a small php script which crawls the site 7/24 and watches new posts and parses the text entered to see and looks for thank you in it. You may view these posts in a special page like warriorforum.com/possiblespams.php and delete them with one click.

    Just an idea..
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