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cwdonald Aug 12, 2012 05:11 AM

A whole lof ot spam with links to olympics on the Philadelphia board this morning...

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  1. sunshine842 RE: cwdonald Aug 12, 2012 05:19 AM

    Just report it - they'll take it down.

    1. The Chowhound Team RE: cwdonald Aug 12, 2012 06:23 AM

      Yes, we've had a lot of spammers lately. Reporting it is the best way to bring it to our attention. Since it's a weekend and we don't have moderators on the site all the time, it may take us a little while to clean it up.

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        cwdonald RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 12, 2012 07:05 AM

        Only reason I posted it here was the volume was so much greater than an isolated spam or two. And it has continued after the original ones were deleted....

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          The Chowhound Team RE: cwdonald Aug 12, 2012 07:15 AM

          Unfortunately it's lots of people spamming with different user names, and we have to clean up each spammer one at a time, so please just do keep reporting them when you see them.

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            greygarious RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 12, 2012 11:46 AM

            Sounds like you need to rejigger your programming in such a way as to sequester initial posts from new accounts. If there is a second post within a minute, that account should be flagged so no posts from that account appear until they have been reviewed.

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              carolinadawg RE: greygarious Aug 12, 2012 06:14 PM

              How many unique visitors and hw much annual advertising revenue does your website bring in?

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              EM23 RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 12, 2012 12:24 PM

              Lot's of spam on the General Topics board now.

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                carolinadawg RE: EM23 Aug 12, 2012 06:12 PM

                As the mods have said, no need to post here, just use the report button.

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                  cwdonald RE: carolinadawg Aug 13, 2012 07:13 AM

                  Thanks for the very positive comment carolinadawg. I am sure everyone appreciated it. I think Grey's suggestion makes a whole lot of sense. Spammers keep creating new accounts.. and it is standard procedure to have some sort of check/verification of an email address prior to giving someone access.

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                    Jacquilynne RE: cwdonald Aug 13, 2012 09:27 AM

                    There is a verification process in place for new registrations, but spammers who are actual people, as opposed to bot-nets, have no problems passing those checks. The kind of arms race you can get into with spammers is expensive and time-consuming and tends to alienate actual users, as well, since it invariably involves making participation in the site more difficult.

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                      carolinadawg RE: cwdonald Aug 13, 2012 03:27 PM

                      "The kind of arms race you can get into with spammers is expensive and time-consuming and tends to alienate actual users, as well, since it invariably involves making participation in the site more difficult."

                      Does that make sense to you? Don't you think the owners of this site are sophisticated and knowledgable enough to deal with spammers?

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                        Servorg RE: carolinadawg Aug 13, 2012 03:36 PM

                        You seem to be disputing the authorized representative (since you are quoting her here) of the owners of this site. I would tend to believe that Jacquilynne knows of what she speaks since she, and Chowhound (and CBS for that matter) have plenty of experience dealing with spammers (as well as actual site users like you and me).

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                          carolinadawg RE: Servorg Aug 13, 2012 04:02 PM

                          You mis-read or misunderstood my post. Your point Is exactly mine.

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                            Servorg RE: carolinadawg Aug 13, 2012 04:04 PM

                            Sorry, now I see you were disputing cwdonald's suggestion on how to handle spammers by quoting Jacquilynne's post. My apologies.

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                              carolinadawg RE: Servorg Aug 13, 2012 04:08 PM

                              No prob. I probably wasn't clear enough about who my comment was aimed at...I tend to rely on the "re:" in the corner to sort that out, and sometimes it not immediately apparent.

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                                Servorg RE: carolinadawg Aug 13, 2012 04:13 PM

                                "I tend to rely on the "re:" in the corner to sort that out, and sometimes it not immediately apparent."

                                Naw, I saw that...I just figured you aimed wrong and hit an unintended target... ;-D>

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                      wyogal RE: carolinadawg Aug 13, 2012 07:17 AM

                      I have found that the threads are deleted very shortly after I have reported them, within minutes.

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                        Gio RE: wyogal Aug 13, 2012 09:30 AM

                        You may not have been the only one to have reported the spammer...

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                          wyogal RE: Gio Aug 13, 2012 09:32 AM

                          exactly, but the posts disappear within minutes. That's my point.

            3. Gio RE: cwdonald Aug 13, 2012 07:17 AM

              This has been going on for several days now... just keep reporting the new names as they post.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862411

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                Veggo RE: Gio Aug 13, 2012 09:40 AM

                I report them, but I would rather hunt them down and slay them....:)

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                  Gio RE: Veggo Aug 13, 2012 10:12 AM

                  I believe it...

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                    Veggo RE: Gio Aug 13, 2012 10:18 AM

                    Sort of a hybrid archery- biathlon sport...

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                      Servorg RE: Veggo Aug 13, 2012 10:49 AM

                      The "Anger Games" perhaps? ;-D>

              2. linguafood RE: cwdonald Aug 17, 2012 09:45 AM

                MORE SPAM, NOW SOME OBSCURE AMERICAN SPORT.

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                  Veggo RE: linguafood Aug 17, 2012 09:54 AM

                  Ouch! I'm trying to play a quiet game of mahjong, then I was so rudely interrupted..

                2. linguafood RE: cwdonald Aug 17, 2012 03:54 PM

                  They keep going at it. Quite the olympic spirit there....

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