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Feb 10, 2009 10:00 AM

Bogus Recipes

From time to time, and seemingly more frequent lately, I notice bogus recipes on the home page. Toady for example, there are two -

jkjkjjkjhj by goden213 and
fggjhhjh by lopeessss.

I figure they were put there by "cyber punks" or whatever you want to call them, but is there a way to report them, or do they stay on Chow, taking space on the site? Do you want serious chowhounders to alert you to them, or do you sift through and delete them on your own?

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  1. Hi, we're pretty on top of them -- they just appear very rapidly and we have to remove them manually. If you see a new batch and want to alert us to one of them, just to make sure we've seen it, that'd be fine, but there's no need for you to take the time to go through and report all of them. Thanks for asking and helping out.

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    1. There are a whole bunch there today. Odd. Why do some people think that kind of thing is fun or funny? I feel bad that the ChowTeam has to waste their energy on this sort of thing.

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      1. re: LNG212

        I know what you mean. Personally, when I waste time, it's doing something I enjoy, not something that brings hardship and misery to others.

        I would liken that sort of behavior to the crank phone call of twenty years ago.

      2. Holy mackerel, look at all the bogus recipes coming through here today...Are the schools out or something? I usually ignore them, but there have been so many today! Would love to get my hands on these knuckleheads and force feed them a Durian-Limberger-Ramp souffle!

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        1. re: cuccubear

          Spring break for the kiddies. I guess they have nothing better to do.

        2. This has been happening for 4-5 months. Some days worse than others

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          1. re: kchurchill5

            And recently the recipe spam has been TERRIBLE! They've blasted the site and then we've barred them, and implemented barriers. Then they come back. We're doing our best to keep them away for good but man, they're horrible. Our poor engineers, who as you know have a lot of other things to deal with.

            1. re: davina

              I completely understand. Just thought I would pass on it's been happening. But other more pressing issues by far. I have enough problems just getting work and my home PC's from crashing and spams. I feel for you guys.

              1. re: davina

                Recipe spam - as in people copying/pasting recipes word-for-word from other sites (ingredients AND directions)?

                There is definitely someone in particular who's looking to fill up the Recipe boards with whatever he can find elsewhere. A lot of times, the way he's copying recipes into the ingredients section comes up complete gobbledegook - or no ingredients whatsoever. Which means the recipe is useless with just directions.

                I've mentioned this in another thread I started, but it seems that nothing is being done about it.

            2. Add wqefsr to those I emailed about (recipe spammer)