what is going on with the warrior forum?

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I have not spent a lot of time on this awesome Warrior Forum Community in the last few months.

But, in the past few days, I have been around here - engaging and stuff - and now I am noticing a lot of spammy threads!

Is this a regular thing with the Warrior Forum now?

what is going on? ...

I love the community here - I have never seen so many spammy threads here before.

I hope they take good care of that!!
#forum #spam #spammers #warrior
  • Profile picture of the author yestyle
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    Seem WF didn't have a good function to stop spammers

    It could happen to more forums but the problem is how to solve and manage them.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    It should be abundantly clear that the WF is being mass spammed at the moment and on weekends, the mods are not on duty as regularly as weekdays. It'll take time before someone gets to it.
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    • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      It should be abundantly clear that the WF is being mass spammed at the moment and on weekends, the mods are not on duty as regularly as weekdays. It'll take time before someone gets to it.

      Ahh I see!

      Well, as I mentioned, I have not been very active in this forum in the last few months. I got more active just this week.

      I see a lot of spam now!

      Thank you for your reply! .. I guess the mods need to do something about it, right!
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        It's just the Internet.

        I'm more concerned about there being no fish and chip shops open today until 4pm when I require cod, battered sausage and chips.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
          When you get 200 'Notifications' messages privately, it is time the mods did act, seven days a week.

          Freelancer earns enough money to have full time staff seven days a week and I think we Warriors should tell them so.
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          • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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            Originally Posted by Tony Dean View Post

            When you get 200 'Notifications' messages privately, it is time the mods did act, seven days a week.

            Freelancer earns enough money to have full time staff seven days a week and I think we Warriors should tell them so.
            What exactly do notifications have to do with the mass spam that went on yesterday/today? Did you subscribe to the spammer's threads or something? If so, don't do that. If not, don't read the notifications. See ... simple. By the time people were complaining about the spam, the mods were deleting. I was reporting it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steve B
            Originally Posted by Tony Dean View Post

            When you get 200 'Notifications' messages privately, it is time the mods did act, seven days a week.

            Until things improve (don't hold your breath) you can always turn off your notifications in your User CP.

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            • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
              This morning was awful, while i was writing and publishing a new thread in the Main forum at least a blast of 50-60 thread appeared from nothing for some dating offer

              WF should improve this or else they will start to loose a lot of audience...
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              • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
                Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                This morning was awful, while i was writing and publishing a new thread in the Main forum at least a blast of 50-60 thread appeared from nothing for some dating offer

                WF should improve this or else they will start to loose a lot of audience...
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                • Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

                  I'm now the owner of 40 wives.
                  Figure you don't need to go out anyplace to fix up the battered sausage deal.

                  But srsly, it gets real spammy round here at the weekends.

                  Jus' gotta swim through it to the good stuff.

                  (Wherever alla that is...)
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        • Profile picture of the author discrat
          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          It's just the Internet.

          I'm more concerned about there being no fish and chip shops open today until 4pm when I require cod, battered sausage and chips.
          Yeah, I missed my daily caffeine laden ice tea at Mickey D's today because my girls were not feeling good.
          I'm very concerned more about this as well


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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    The thing that blows my mind about this type of forum spam is that I cannot understand why somebody would take the time and effort to do it.

    It cannot work. I mean, even if the subject matter was relevant to the forum I doubt it would work.

    Yet, I often think that if it doesn't work, why do people continue to engage in it?

    I think it's hilarious when I log onto an IM forum and see these grammatically horrendous threads promoting things like a fortune telling service or a surefire way to become a "chick magnet."

    Maybe I'm missing something here but I think this type of forum spamming is probably the most idiotic waste of time there is.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by nicheblogger75 View Post

      ...why somebody would take the time and effort to do it.
      You're assuming that a human is spending time to publish each post.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        You're assuming that a human is spending time to publish each post.
        Correct. Pretty obvious that one or two or three people had bots running to create all that spam.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          I know they are bots - but I can't believe they get responses from even the most stupid people here. (sorry, can't think of a better word than 'stupid')

          Must be some benefit or there would be no point in running the bots...?
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          • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            I know they are bots - but I can't believe they get responses from even the most stupid people here. (sorry, can't think of a better word than 'stupid')

            Must be some benefit or there would be no point in running the bots...?
            Well, no one would think anyone would be stupid enough to fall for the Nigerian email scams, but they do. Enough to make it worth their while. I'm sure there are people who are stupid enough to follow up with the spam links here too.
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          • Profile picture of the author agc
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            I know they are bots - but I can't believe they get responses from even the most stupid people here. (sorry, can't think of a better word than 'stupid')

            Must be some benefit or there would be no point in running the bots...?
            The benefit is that they got paid a fiverr,
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          • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            I know they are bots - but I can't believe they get responses from even the most stupid people here. (sorry, can't think of a better word than 'stupid')
            That's more than likely because one doesn't exist that is more laser-targeted. Kudos!

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      • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        You're assuming that a human is spending time to publish each post.
        I understand that this type of spam is surely automated, but I am still left wondering how it could be effective, and what kind of person would actually believe they could make a considerable amount of money from it.

        The only thing it does for me when I see it is make me laugh and click away from the post as quickly as possible.

        I'm just wondering how effective something like this could be. Even if it is a bot doing all of the heavy lifting, this type of spamming cannot produce results of any kind. Can it?
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        • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
          Originally Posted by nicheblogger75 View Post

          I'm just wondering how effective something like this could be. Even if it is a bot doing all of the heavy lifting, this type of spamming cannot produce results of any kind. Can it?
          Just for grins, I tried googling a phrase for which these cretins might want to appear. Lo and behold, they're in eight of the top ten results, mostly from similar forum spam posts. Even if the posts themselves have already been removed from the respective forums, the phone number in each and every post title appears, which is all they really need.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        You're assuming that a human is spending time to publish each post.
        Yep. these people have a long list of forums they have scraped and they drop it into a bot and have no idea what the sites they are blasting are about. plus if you are a wide open forum and spammers decide they want to blast you even with a huge staff you are going to have issues. The answer always has been to have paid areas.Not easy to spam when you have to have legit payment methods for each username.
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        • Profile picture of the author superowid
          Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

          I think I know why their are not that if any Mods on weekends!

          It cost more in wages on the weekend in Australia I.E. 1x1.5 per hour and Double on Sundays so unless under a contract most IT ( 1st year) workers fall under the Work Place Contract
          Hence I get a lot of people in business for our Managed Services program.
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          Why would they hire locally?
          Good opportunity! If freelancer need a cheap worker to delete all spam thread everyday... I'm ready to work 8 hours daily / 7 days a week... just for $100 per week. LoL.
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          • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
            Originally Posted by superowid View Post

            Good opportunity! If freelancer need a cheap worker to delete all spam thread everyday... I'm ready to work 8 hours daily / 7 days a week... just for $100 per week. LoL.
            Or you can sell your video services with my voiceovers and make the same $100 in a few hours!
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by superowid View Post

            Good opportunity! If freelancer need a cheap worker to delete all spam thread everyday... I'm ready to work 8 hours daily / 7 days a week... just for $100 per week. LoL.

            Sorry, your job was outsourced for $5 a month.
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        • Profile picture of the author azsno
          Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

          Yep. these people have a long list of forums they have scraped and they drop it into a bot and have no idea what the sites they are blasting are about. plus if you are a wide open forum and spammers decide they want to blast you even with a huge staff you are going to have issues. The answer always has been to have paid areas.Not easy to spam when you have to have legit payment methods for each username.
          The SPAM Clowns are back at it again today....PAID is the Way to go, get rid of these iD10T's once and for all....

          ~AzSno...
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          • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
            Originally Posted by azsno View Post

            The SPAM Clowns are back at it again today....PAID is the Way to go, get rid of these iD10T's once and for all....

            ~AzSno...
            They were quick to clean most of them up... But WTF is the phone number as a title suppose to do ?? Never bother to open it, but why give them a chance to spam your phone too.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
              Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

              They were quick to clean most of them up... But WTF is the phone number as a title suppose to do ?? Never bother to open it, but why give them a chance to spam your phone too.
              They get indexed by Google, et. al., and persist in search results far longer than they do here, so the underlying spammed website isn't even needed in order for them to "win".
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              • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
                Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

                They get indexed by Google, et. al., and persist in search results far longer than they do here, so the underlying spammed website isn't even needed in order for them to "win".
                Dam sneaky bastar*'s
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  • Profile picture of the author texsumaiya
    We all should come forward to solve this kind of problem. Actually there is no Forum, where there is no SPAM. I know the Warrior Forum's authority is trying to reduce the problem. But it is not possible to vanish these Spam. They are also so clever. The Forum Authority will be able to reduce the problem. Thanks a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by texsumaiya View Post

      We all should come forward to solve this kind of problem. Actually there is no Forum, where there is no SPAM. I know the Warrior Forum's authority is trying to reduce the problem. But it is not possible to vanish these Spam. They are also so clever. The Forum Authority will be able to reduce the problem. Thanks a lot.
      Huh!?... Speaking of spam....
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    • Profile picture of the author azsno
      Originally Posted by texsumaiya View Post

      We all should come forward to solve this kind of problem. Actually there is no Forum, where there is no SPAM. I know the Warrior Forum's authority is trying to reduce the problem. But it is not possible to vanish these Spam. They are also so clever. The Forum Authority will be able to reduce the problem. Thanks a lot.
      I have NO CLUE what you're talking about....Do YOU?

      I've run many forums and there's always ways to decrease SPAM posters....vBulletin is a World Class forum software, and can be configured to restrict posters, block SPAM, along with many other features...

      As a professional Network/Security Engineer in Silicon Valley during the Hi-Tech BOOM, I created solutions to BLOCK and Bit Bucket SPAM, SCAMMERS, and HACKERS on a daily basis....

      You can "Block" Hacker's/Spammers by Country, IP Address, and by Stateful Inspection Firewalls and IDS's (Intrusion Detection Systems)...

      You could also make the FORUM a paid forum, Scammers & Hackers want something for FREE, most will NOT pay to join....

      If you wanted to get really anal, there are ways to have Mods approve ALL posts (that's a FT Job, but maybe that's what's needed here)...

      Letting the Script Kiddies PLAY here daily is obviously getting to be a real issue....

      Just my .025 cents....

      BTW, this post in another thread shows HOW this junk SPAM is affecting Warrior Forum in the eyes of Google:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...l#post10423272

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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I'm sure FL would like to solve the spam/bot problem or at least get it better controlled. Fact: the "currently active members" are 30% what they were 2 years ago. FL can see that and I'm sure they'd like to reverse the trend.

        I give them credit for trying as the bot posts are being removed more quickly than they were in the past - especially notice faster response time on weekends.
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        • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          the bot posts are being removed more quickly than they were in the past - especially notice faster response time on weekends.
          You must have got up late today then Kay.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    They should hire people to over look the forum on the weekends. They can afford it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      You must have got up late today then Kay.
      Well, yes, I slept in.

      I think I give spammers more of a pass on weekends - poor things have to go to "real" jobs during the week and don't have time to play with their bots till the weekend.
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      • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
        The problem lies with people's attitude lately ( well I shouldn't generalise) I should same a percentage of people. When 50 of the same threads that are very similar come up its EXHAUSTING with a capital "E". More and more I think people see this forum as a way to spam their "make $5000 a day fake it till you make it BS" and this is why I think a lot of people are seeing this as a negative thing on this forum.


        I had to laugh the other day I got a private message from someone basically threatening me to give them the blueprint to make money. Like come on....are we 14 and at the bike sheds again?? Geez that baffled my mind.
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        • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
          Originally Posted by shaunybb View Post

          .....I had to laugh the other day I got a private message from someone basically threatening me to give them the blueprint to make money. Like come on....are we 14 and at the bike sheds again?? Geez that baffled my mind.
          Great! I would use that on your sales page! "You have people willing to kill for this information!" Show the proof!

          I always use other people's crap and turn it into gold! Keep it coming!
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            Originally Posted by professorrosado View Post

            Great! I would use that on your sales page! "You have people willing to kill for this information!" Show the proof!

            I always use other people's crap and turn it into gold! Keep it coming!

            LOL maybe that's not a bad idea what a smart answer! I could use this to my advantage!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Not every thread is spammed! LOL it's okay because the helpful and serious thread really still do help out a lot of people - which is what most of us want. And of course most of us want to increase our income here too - but not by using a disrespectful tactic (like spamming).
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      Spam is just part of the internet.

      They fire up their bots and target forums for niches.

      It's not the warrior forum or the internet. I get junk mail at my home all the time too.

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  • Profile picture of the author kursat
    Spammers know that even 0.05% open or click on one link that they post, they make money. So this will always be a reality anywhere on the net.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Multi-million dollar forum pimped hourly by a $50 bot built in 1995.




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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Multi-million dollar forum pimped hourly by a $50 bot built in 1995.




      You know you just outed yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    I think I know why their are not that if any Mods on weekends!

    It cost more in wages on the weekend in Australia I.E. 1x1.5 per hour and Double on Sundays so unless under a contract most IT ( 1st year) workers fall under the Work Place Contract
    Hence I get a lot of people in business for our Managed Services program.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

      It cost more in wages on the weekend in Australia I.E. 1x1.5 per hour and Double on Sundays so unless under a contract most IT ( 1st year) workers fall under the Work Place Contract
      Why would they hire locally?
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    The recent bot-powered weekend spamming aside, what's interesting (or not) is the OP's observation is identical to points raised in years past.

    Just do a search and it seems people seem to raise the same points of things 'not being the same as before.'

    Nothing necessarily wrong with the OP's point but it does serve to remind us of one key fact of life:
    Change is the only constant in life. Expect it. Embrace it. Be at peace with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    The bots are sporadic. They come. They get deleted. All the regular day to day spam stays around unless ordinary users report it. The mods don't seem to read the forum and hunt for it. Link droppers are the worst. it is rampant. I can barely open a thread without reporting the link droppers and by then, I've completely lost interest in the topic.

    And then there's always this:



    Users from the US have been leaving in droves, while popularity in India has been increasing, hence, a complete culture change, not to mention that many of the posts are barely intelligible with non English speaking posters.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Plus one man's rubbish is another's treasure, in that even though its rubbish spam to us, the non committal to clean it up could mean that pumped up figures on a dying forum possibly make it look better in the stats department than reality, lots of posts / people going, so it must be good. not the first time or last time this crap goes on. If it were not for spammers and link baiters some forums would move slower a crawl at best, but then you open this exiting new crap just to read blluisht.

    I used to report most of it, but as a mod of a section it does pay to check all new posts or as many as you can to clean it up, but mods just seem not to care now so I suppose a few of us are caring less as well.
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  • The Spam Post got beached in Off Topic
    like a galleon of bountiful whores
    whose spreadeagled promiscuity
    demanded 2 fingers, got all 4s.

    C'mon Mods, I am helpin' you out here.

    We are so glad u all make this happen but you gotta get wise to the schwangopulse on a weekend.

    I wanna be open to the stuff goes on here, not convulsive c/o the indiscriminately propulsive.

    Go weild your trapdoorial weapons like OT posters make with the Scrotal & Float yr Boatal...
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