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Is there a way to get rid of this spammer?

Samalicious Nov 14, 2009 05:42 AM

They only post in areas like "Stories" where there's no "report" button.

[Spam copy deleted by moderator]

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    therealdoctorlew Jan 5, 2010 07:12 PM

    Spam on Supertaster:

    http://www.chow.com/stories/12005

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      Star12 Jan 6, 2010 03:35 AM

      spam here:

      http://www.chow.com/stories/12008

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        jwg Jan 6, 2010 03:45 AM

        don't they need an email to register a name? I assume that you've blocked all new accounts using the underlying email.

        1. re: jwg
          Jacquilynne Jan 6, 2010 06:04 AM

          Only one account can be registered per email address, so there's no real blocking of an email address to take place -- it's blocked from registered a new account by the fact that it's registered an old account.

          The thing to remember about spammers is that they're not generally one person sitting there spamming. They're teams of people in spam sweatshops, or they're programmed bots that go around to all sorts of similar sites doing similar things. It makes it a bit harder to stop them, since the kind of roadblocks that might annoy one person into stopping (having to register a new temp email account every time they need a new ID, for example) aren't annoying to spam operations.

          1. re: Jacquilynne
            jfood Jan 6, 2010 07:20 AM

            how about the programmers placing something in the code that will not accept the web page or an auto-delete when this character string is placed on a site from this spammer. Just a thought from a non-programmer.

    2. rworange Dec 26, 2009 09:26 AM

      Here's some more
      http://www.chow.com/profile/1134534/a...

      Does anyone know if this is a link to a real business website? I don't click on blind links like that. It seems they could be reported to their internet provider if that is a website for cyber-vandalism. If indeed it is a business, they should also be reported to Paypal.

      My favorite line from this spam is "SAFTY & HONESTY GUARANTEE!!"

      This from someone ... if it is a business ... is trying to steal free advertising and violating the rules of this site.

      Sure, send them your money and they will send you a postcard from Paris.

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      1. re: rworange
        The Chowhound Team Dec 26, 2009 09:41 AM

        Thank you RW

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          queencru Dec 26, 2009 10:07 AM

          I ran a google search on the site and found reports that it is full of malware and sells only low-quality fakes. I didn't go to it myself, but this group is spamming all over the internet. I just found a similar comment on the Baltimore Sun and I can only assume this guy is many other places.

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          LauraB706 Dec 23, 2009 10:32 PM

          zhiyue has morphed once again :

          new name is zhiyue19685.
          http://www.chow.com/profile/1134151/a...

          is it possible to just block All the names that include zhiyue in them ?

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            queencru Dec 23, 2009 04:09 AM

            He's back again as amei96852 in Gender Bending in Restaurant Restrooms.

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            1. re: queencru
              The Chowhound Team Dec 23, 2009 04:17 AM

              Thanks, we got that one.

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                queencru Dec 23, 2009 09:09 AM

                It still appears to be there, or the poster made another post with a new account after you removed it.

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                  bdachow Dec 23, 2009 09:18 AM

                  Concur, still there unfortunately. Am glad I found this thread, would seriously reconsider using Chow if spammers managed to take hold of this site.

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                    queencru Dec 24, 2009 03:44 AM

                    Back in that topic again as jingxue6985 .

                  2. re: The Chowhound Team
                    Allstonian Dec 23, 2009 09:23 AM

                    http://www.chow.com/profile/1133954/a...

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                      hannaone Dec 23, 2009 09:29 AM

                      www .chow.com/stories/12000#comment_42809
                      www .chow.com/stories/11989#comment_42808

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                    LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 10:42 PM

                    10 hours later, and now zhimin986 they've morped to zhimin9856

                    http://www.chow.com/profile/1133351/a...

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                      LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 10:40 PM

                      Here's another one to add to your long list of spammers

                      VCJV

                      http://www.chow.com/profile/1133348/a...

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                        LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 11:42 AM

                        Dear Chow Moderators,

                        Is it possible to have "button/link" on each of the storie/recipe pages so true chowhounds can report the spammers ASAP ?

                        Or at least s brief sentence on how to handle spammers on the page? The spammers have taken over the last couple of weeks, and it is unclear to the average chower has to how tjhey can report it .

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                        1. re: LauraB706
                          Jacquilynne Dec 20, 2009 12:33 PM

                          Both of those would require development work, unfortunately.

                          Generally people are reporting the spammers fairly quickly, and we're kind of keeping an eye out for likely usernames, as well.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne
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                            LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 10:45 PM

                            Many many people do NOT know how to repor t spammers.

                            I don't see how putting "a brief sentence on how to handle spammers on the page" is so complicated that the Development Team needs to put in any overtime.

                            Simple add a sentence to the page's template.

                            I and many others hope that Chow.com implements this very soon. The more spammers, the less likely true chowhounds will frequent the site.

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                            JohnMich Dec 20, 2009 12:44 PM

                            The spammers are back on Cognac Shrimp Bisque under new guise of zhimin986

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                            LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 11:31 AM

                            Moderators, PLEASE ban zhimin986 from Chow asap.
                            ALL of their posts are spam.
                            Thank you !!

                            http://www.chow.com/profile/1133188/a...

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                              queencru Dec 17, 2009 04:14 AM

                              xiunyue6352 is spamming in Hovering Kitchen Guest.

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                              1. re: queencru
                                Allstonian Dec 17, 2009 05:04 AM

                                And in many other stories as well...
                                http://www.chow.com/profile/1132521/a...

                                1. re: queencru
                                  The Chowhound Team Dec 17, 2009 06:37 AM

                                  This spammer has been de-activated and the spam has been removed. Thanks for the heads up on this. This is a very persistent spam plot and we appreciate the help.

                                  The Chowhound Team

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                                    Shivaun Dec 18, 2009 05:26 AM

                                    I'm afraid he seems to have managed to reactivate himself at the bottom of this thread:
                                    http://www.chow.com/stories/11992

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                                      Allstonian Dec 18, 2009 05:37 AM

                                      And once again on many other stories also:
                                      http://www.chow.com/profile/1132766/a...

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                                        queencru Dec 18, 2009 06:02 AM

                                        It seems like he's making variations on the same name with slightly different spellings and number combinations, making it harder to de-activate him.

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                                          queencru Dec 20, 2009 04:02 AM

                                          He's back in Hovering Guests as zhimin986.

                                  2. davis_sq_pro Dec 14, 2009 07:01 AM

                                    http://www.chow.com/stories/11988

                                    xinyue19652

                                    Why is there no Report button on story comments?

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                                    1. re: davis_sq_pro
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                                      Star12 Dec 14, 2009 07:44 AM

                                      http://www.chow.com/stories/11983

                                      He's here, too.

                                      1. re: davis_sq_pro
                                        Jacquilynne Dec 14, 2009 09:09 AM

                                        It's totally different software, and there's no report option built into it.

                                        Thanks again for the reports.

                                        1. re: Jacquilynne
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                                          Star12 Dec 15, 2009 01:56 AM

                                          Spammer again at end of "Tamales" thread.

                                          AND at end of "Latke" thread.

                                          Thanks for taking care of these.

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                                        MsRetro Dec 14, 2009 05:06 AM

                                        xinyue19652 is back at it in the veggie chili comments:
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667060

                                        1. Ernie Diamond Dec 14, 2009 04:54 AM

                                          xinyue196852 - spamming in grapefruit bitters.

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                                            LauraB706 Dec 9, 2009 11:41 PM

                                            xinyue1936 is a spammer. Only posts to recipes and stories. Can he be removed from chow.com ? please help.

                                            Here's his recent activity. ALL is spam
                                            http://www.chow.com/profile/1130715/a...

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                                            1. re: LauraB706
                                              The Chowhound Team Dec 10, 2009 05:06 AM

                                              Thanks for the report. We took care of it.

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                                                LauraB706 Dec 13, 2009 07:29 PM

                                                xinyue19638 is spamming (slightly different name)

                                                http://www.chow.com/profile/1131652/activity
                                                http://www.chow.com/stories/11987

                                                1. re: LauraB706
                                                  The Chowhound Team Dec 13, 2009 07:38 PM

                                                  Thank you again

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                                                    krautman Dec 15, 2009 03:49 AM

                                                    Nope. Still spamming. Here's one from Dec 15th. http://www.chow.com/stories/11576

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                                                      krautman Dec 15, 2009 03:53 AM

                                                      xinyue 19682

                                                      Also here yet again: http://www.chow.com/recipes/27662

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                                                        Allstonian Dec 16, 2009 05:05 AM

                                                        And again...all over the place!

                                                        http://www.chow.com/profile/1132263/a...

                                                        1. re: Allstonian
                                                          The Chowhound Team Dec 16, 2009 06:19 AM

                                                          Thanks. All cleaned up.

                                              2. Sam Fujisaka Nov 14, 2009 07:56 AM

                                                Reported three times the other day.

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                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                  The Chowhound Team Nov 16, 2009 06:11 AM

                                                  Yes, this spammer/group of spammers is both active and not easily tracked, but you only need to report each spammer once, and we'll get that post as well as the rest of the spam. Thanks for your help!

                                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                    rworange Nov 19, 2009 07:38 PM

                                                    Would it be possible to remove the link from the OP? Isn't that giving these people what they want? An ad and a link to their website? I don't click on links like that so for all I know it is a dead end, but if not, maybe remove it?

                                                    1. re: rworange
                                                      The Chowhound Team Nov 20, 2009 03:51 AM

                                                      Good point... done.

                                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                        jfood Nov 20, 2009 03:55 AM

                                                        Nice and great catch RW

                                                2. jfood Nov 14, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                  reported ~5 times the other day

                                                  1. porker Nov 14, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                    I used the 'report' button on these guys last week...

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                                                    1. re: porker
                                                      Gio Nov 14, 2009 07:36 AM

                                                      I did too when I saw the post on every local board and all the others as well....

                                                    2. The Chowhound Team Nov 14, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                      Yes, a link would be most helpful. We'll take a look. Thanks for reporting it.

                                                      1. c oliver Nov 14, 2009 06:34 AM

                                                        You can copy the link and email to the mods.

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                                                          LauraB706 Dec 20, 2009 10:49 PM

                                                          Many many people do NOT know how to repor t spammers.

                                                          I don't see how putting "a brief sentence on how to handle spammers on the page" is so complicated that the Development Team needs to put in any overtime.

                                                          Simple add a sentence to the page's template.

                                                          I and many others hope that Chow.com implements this very soon. The more spammers, the less likely true chowhounds will frequent the site.

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