PriceAngels spam problem

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Costello, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Costello
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    Hello,

    lately we've had shitloads of bots (well not actually bots, they're just chinese people hired to spam boards. I know: i've seen it with my own eyes)
    they all sneakily advertised Price Angels dot com by posting links and asking questions that seemed legitimate.
    Their purpose is to get as many links as possible posted on various websites so that search engines can improve their page rank and they get more visibility on Google and others.

    Latest example:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    I looked up that user (chinese IP address btw) and saw the topics and post that he made-
    100% are posts containing links and/or references to priceangels.
    That's not the first time we ban such spammers, and most of the times its advertising the same website.
    That annoying website is using morally inacceptable techniques to advertise its products.

    As a result we've had to establish a banword filter. Every time someone uses that word, it'll be replaced by Shoptemp.
    If you want to establish legitimate discussions about that website, feel free to use the site name "Price angels" without linking to it.

    Thanks for your understanding!
    Costello
     


  2. Advi

    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

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    not like people wouldn't suggest that for anything DS-related instead. [​IMG]
     
  3. IT LIES

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    Testing word filter...

    shoptemp

    And, I noticed some awesome things in the pic. Like the spambot option and the topic section is the Trash Can which is probably in the Staff Only forum.
     
  4. Costello
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    this is made so that if they try to advertise their site again, it'll backfire and they'll advertise the gbatemp shop instead [​IMG]
    thus decreasing their own visibility to the expense of shoptemp's
    hopefully this should be effective enough ...
     
  5. Infinite Zero

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    What word has been banned??? shoptemp?
    edit: Nope still visible
     
  6. Phoenix Goddess

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    Ahahaha, that's awesome.

    Nice job Costello [​IMG]
     
  7. Costello
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    the word "priceangels" itself.
    I don't know if it's working because as an admin i can still use the banned words [​IMG]
     
  8. Advi

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    let me test if this trick works really quick, just as a precaution:

    pr­ice­ang­els­.­co­m
     
  9. tijntje_7

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    ^ W...why?
    Why does it still work? xD
    shoptemp.
    (if this doesn't work, we're still advertising them here [​IMG])

    Edit: Works [​IMG]
    But... ehh, why doesn't advice fox's test work? :/
     
  10. Phoenix Goddess

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    I guess because of the .com?
    No clue.
     
  11. Costello
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    try again, should be better now...
     
  12. Advi

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    let me give it another shot
    pr­ic­e­a­ng­els
    (and no, I'm not trying to be a smartass, it's possible spammers will do whatever i'm doing)
     
  13. Costello
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    weird, do you use some kind of trick ? or have a special account? [​IMG]
     
  14. BlueStar

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    Uh, isn't this a wordfilter that could backfire? Testing anyway.

    shoptemp really sucks, they spam boards.
     
  15. BlueStar

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    Trick will become apparent when you paste it into notepad, the old zero-width characters between letters deal [​IMG]
     
  16. Phoenix Goddess

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    He's secretly an admin.
    Hmm.... does capitalization count?
     
  17. Costello
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    thanks bluestar, i didnt see the trick until i copied it into the notepad window...

    those kinds of chinese spammers are usually kinda brainless, and besides the point is they wont be able to create links which is important to improve their search engine rank. at least that's that.
     
  18. ProtoKun7

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    How dare you say that about ShopTemp! [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
    Don't suppose the word filter could be ShopTemp rather than shoptemp...?
     
  19. KingdomBlade

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    Lemme try some alternative ways to type it and see how many of it is blocked.

    price angels
    shoptemp.com/
    www.shoptemp.com
    http://shoptemp.com
    shoptemp
    shoptemp
    shoptemp
    shoptemp
    priceangel
    Priiiiiiiceangel
    shoptemp
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  20. Infinite Zero

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    The con is when it is typed as PRICE with a space and ANGELS.