Suggestion Something needs to be done about spam.

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by cearp, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. cearp
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    Lately there have been some malicious users spamming the site, but even before, occasionally there is 'generic' spam, like most forums get.
    Can we not make the first 5, the first 10 posts of a user hidden and need to be approved by a mod to be shown?
    So, other users will see nothing, or simply see 'awaiting moderation'.
    And once a mod comes along and looks in the list, they can either approve the user/post or ban them.

    It seems other forums have some things like this, why can't we have it here?
    Is it too much work or something?

    I just hate seeing people post junk here :)
     
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    I totally agree with the idea. Seeing this and being unable to do anything about it pisses me off.
     
  3. Memoir

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    No, the last time this was brought up.. Someone complained about how it'd just be too much for the Mods.

    I do agree though.
     
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    They couldn't get two or three or four volunteers solely to help out with the approval stuff?
     
  5. Ricken

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    I would volunteer in a heartbeat...
     
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    Is it even possible to give just approval powers? Oo

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    Ditto
     
  7. TheGrayShow1467

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    Pretty good idea, actually. I like others would volunteer to do so!
     
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    I suggested this over at Project Pokemon back when spambots were a big deal. Other staff members quickly pointed out the obvious flaw: Do I really want to approve the first few posts of every new member?

    I doubt they'll go for it. But they may look for more moderators if they deem it necessary. If they do want more moderators, I volunteer. *looks at the moderator reading this ;)*
     
  9. Ricken

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    We can obviously notice some people coming back tho (especially if they update their Twitter with their new attempts COUGH)
     
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  10. TheVinAnator

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    Count me in also, I really don't like the spam either but I'll be honest I find the PeterMary threads funny, the only thing that makes them bad is LOOK HOW LONG THE LATEST HAS BEEN UP ITS BEEN LIKE 2 HOURS
     
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    PUT ME IN COACH! :gun:
     
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    Don't get me wrong; this would be a fantastic idea!
    The only things is that the mods on this forum would be way to lazy to do that. They'd probably do it at first....but then after the first 500 members they'd get tired of doing it. The thing is, if we were to add that option to the forum, the mods would be focusing more on new profiles rather than the actual threads. There are a couple obstacles in this idea. The site would need more staff
     
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    Not really much that can be done besides banning him each time. That is, unless we want to inconvenience new members and add significantly more work to the moderator's current load.
     
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  14. Ricken

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    Mayhap a new rank of staff, that anyone with over [Set Number] lf posts could apply for?

    something below moderator ofc
     
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    That's actually pretty smart I don't think posts is the best way but tbh it's one of the only ways
     
  16. Xanthe

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    That's not completely fair, however. People need experience. Just because one person has over, perhaps, 1000 posts, doesn't mean they're qualified. It should be based on their contributions and experience
     
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    I think it should be based on reputation.
     
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    Like I said you can't measure that tho so that's why you would APPLY
     
  19. Drakia

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    On my own forum I did what @cearp is suggesting, but only for the first post. It's normally pretty obvious if the first post is from a troll, or a spambot. Of course it's not perfect (I did it to combat spam bots that were getting past ReCaptcha), but it's something.

    If you do it for just the first post, it may delay a new member for a few hours, or a day, but that's better than having a 10 page thread of people trolling the troll, and having literally no way to stop the troll from just signing up for a new account.
     
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  20. Ricken

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    True. As much as I would enjoy terminating spam, I'd probably be a horrid staff member all-in-all :P
    I did say apply for tho :P

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    Then maybe the general temp could elect some members? That would be best for messuring reputation imo
     
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