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Old 02-25-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Spammers infiltrating forums...

I am not sure what technology might exist to prohibit spammers or maybe allow moderators to easily distinguish such users and automatically delete their posts on the forums but this is an issue I have seen as a lurker a few times to many now on the forums...

Examples:

Post #7 - http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=1309335

Post #12, 16, - http://forums.anandtech.com/showthre...3#post34674203
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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Just use the report post button.

The mods are pretty good about nuking spam posts quickly.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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We do have technical measures in place, but the most prolific spammers know how to get past them and anything else a human can erect. Technical measures can't really beat a 3rd-worlder who is is being paid (and hence highly motivated) to post their crap.

So when those measures don't work, as WelshBloke notes, you should report those posts and we'll get on them.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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Report post button?!?!! OMG... that is what that little red/white exclamation point is for?!? haha, I learned something new today.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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I found the posts you were talking about & nuked them. Thanks. Report post works much faster. We don't always read every single post in every single thread.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:54 AM   #6
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Neither of those links still show the spammers.

But I've been meaning to ask, I've noticed a number of new members that join and post 1-3 word replies to everything, seemingly at random, in threads.

"cool"

"i like it"

"Nope"

"lol"

"how?"

..and other drivel churned out. They usually get to like 14 or 15 posts, and then stop (banned?).

I've always been curious...what is this? What's the point? Must they reach a certain number of posts to post links or to spam or something? They usually have awful generic names too, like "west123456" or "shellyb0987" or similar.

I notice them easily at least twice a month or so, but nothing technically "spam" related is posted. But you know where it's headed.

Are these the kinds of posts to report? Spammers, or future spammers?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:47 AM   #7
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It's potential spam. But many of them never amount to anything. They make a few posts and simply disappear.
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