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Gio Sep 8, 2012 04:48 AM

The football streamers have now effectively jammed the entire site.

  1. Gio Oct 20, 2012 05:26 AM

    Wooohoooo... Love the -1 for the spammer posts. Great work, Team!!

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      lcool Sep 29, 2012 05:24 AM

      still here,more than 35 minutes

      1. carolinadawg Sep 29, 2012 05:07 AM

        Just reported a batch that appeared on the LA board. No degradation of site utility at all.

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          kengk Sep 29, 2012 05:14 AM

          Maybe the LA board should be deleted, that seems to be the cause of the problems.

          1. re: kengk
            Servorg Oct 16, 2012 11:09 AM

            One lone spam "sports" post showed up on the LA board this morning. It never got beyond that single post and it's gone now. Great job Engineering and Mod's.

            1. re: Servorg
              sunshine842 Oct 16, 2012 12:10 PM

              just saw a small stack of 'em pop up in various European boards, in assorted European languages, which may slip past the automated word flags.

              But so much progress!

          2. re: carolinadawg
            Gio Sep 29, 2012 05:25 AM

            No degradation of the site but Very Bloody Annoying... and I don't like to be annoyed quite so early in the morning thank you.

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            lcool Sep 29, 2012 04:57 AM

            07:50 Saturday,they just ate the board

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            1. re: lcool
              Gio Sep 29, 2012 05:05 AM

              Nice wake-up call for the week-end...

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                lcool Sep 29, 2012 05:25 AM

                Their breakfast habits just suck

            2. Gio Sep 26, 2012 11:33 AM

              Arsenal vs Coventry anyone? Anyone?? LOL

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              1. re: Gio
                Servorg Sep 26, 2012 12:02 PM

                I do note that the attack stalled at 9 new threads, and it's already all gone. So the fix is really working in the favor of the site and our community.

                1. re: Servorg
                  Gio Sep 26, 2012 12:04 PM

                  YAY Team,,,!

                  1. re: Gio
                    hill food Sep 26, 2012 07:05 PM

                    so Gio, is it safe to say you're a CHOW United supporter/hooligan?

                    1. re: hill food
                      Gio Sep 27, 2012 03:53 AM

                      You can call me a CHOW Supporter, you can call me a CHOW Hooligan, but never call me a CHOW United supporter/hooligan...

                      1. re: Gio
                        hill food Sep 27, 2012 08:15 PM

                        or late for dinner

                2. re: Gio
                  EM23 Sep 26, 2012 07:40 PM

                  +6 heh

                3. sunshine842 Sep 23, 2012 04:15 AM

                  bastards wormed their way through again over on the LA board...

                  But you're winning, Mods -- you're winning.

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                  1. re: sunshine842
                    Tripeler Sep 24, 2012 06:49 AM

                    Yes, it seems the moderators are doing a commendable job keeping the spammers at bay.

                    1. re: Tripeler
                      Servorg Sep 24, 2012 06:53 AM

                      Perhaps, if we are lucky and Engineering is good, someday we may find them all gathered at the appropriate spot: http://www.spam.com/spam-101/the-spam...

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                    sr44 Sep 22, 2012 07:00 PM

                    I must say whenever I see a thread with a lot of extra diacritical and punctuation, I can feel my blood pressure rising, until I realize it's OK.

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                      sr44 Sep 20, 2012 05:48 PM

                      New spam. Replies = -1 and when you click on it to report it, it comes up as page unavailable.

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                      1. re: sr44
                        carolinadawg Sep 20, 2012 06:34 PM

                        Probably because it's already been deleted; it just hasn't shown up that way yet. Nothing to fret about.

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                          sr44 Sep 20, 2012 07:12 PM

                          Well, I kept refreshing the main page, and they persisted. I think they're gone now.

                          1. re: sr44
                            Jacquilynne Sep 21, 2012 06:15 AM

                            That's the result of a new spam-fighting tool our Engineering team is working on installing. It's still a bit buggy, obviously, but hopefully once we get it fully working it'll keep spam from even appearing.

                            1. re: Jacquilynne
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                              lcool Sep 21, 2012 06:17 AM

                              THANK YOU

                              1. re: Jacquilynne
                                Gio Sep 21, 2012 06:22 AM

                                That's brilliant, Jacquilynne...! Many thanks to The Team.

                                1. re: Jacquilynne
                                  sunshine842 Sep 21, 2012 08:50 AM

                                  w00t1!

                                  1. re: sunshine842
                                    Veggo Sep 21, 2012 01:31 PM

                                    Yeah, but now how do I get a direct live feed for a soccer game I care nothing about?

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                                      lcool Sep 21, 2012 01:49 PM

                                      GOOGLE..........

                                  2. re: Jacquilynne
                                    Servorg Sep 22, 2012 05:18 PM

                                    Back to the drawing board (LA Board Has Been Inundated like something out of Noah and the Great Flood)...

                                    1. re: Servorg
                                      Servorg Sep 22, 2012 05:33 PM

                                      Although, that was a pretty darn fast clean up on aisles 1, 2, 3, and 4. So I take back my "back to the drawing board" comment and say "Way to go Mod Team - rah!" ;-D>

                            2. sunshine842 Sep 16, 2012 01:38 AM

                              Big props to the team, by the way -- I know others have said that the junk has popped up from time to time -- but I haven't seen a single one in a week now.

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                              1. re: sunshine842
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                                Vidute Sep 16, 2012 01:44 AM

                                Where were you for yesterday's blitzkrieg for the rugby and football fun?

                                The team was able to shut them out after a while and they're still not back. Yeahhhh!

                                1. re: Vidute
                                  sunshine842 Sep 16, 2012 01:58 AM

                                  I said I haven't seen it...I wasn't even doubting that anyone else saw it.

                                  Because of time differences, I'm frequently on the boards while even the East Coasters of the US are still in bed.

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                                    Vidute Sep 16, 2012 02:19 AM

                                    I was just miffed that you missed out on all the fun! ;)

                              2. meatn3 Sep 15, 2012 08:42 AM

                                Ironically there was just a football spammer post directly above this one!

                                I reported it and the mods removed it in a minute.

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                                1. re: meatn3
                                  The Chowhound Team Sep 15, 2012 08:48 AM

                                  When we're around, we're usually actively scanning for spam these days and (thanks to a new tool Engineering gave us this week!) can find and deal with it quickly. There are times when no mod is on site and spam may sit a bit longer, but we can easily find it when we're back on site. Feel free to keep reporting it, though, especially if it helps with the frustration!

                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                    Servorg Sep 15, 2012 08:59 AM

                                    Maybe a tool that lets long time hounds who sign up for it the power to zap spam posts when they see it (Junior Moderator Merit Badges for those that want them)?

                                    It takes a village to erase a spammer... (channeling my inner Hillary)

                                    1. re: carolinadawg
                                      Servorg Sep 15, 2012 11:49 AM

                                      Only one kind of post would be deleted by site members. That would be these outright, no question, multiple post spam attack advertisements for sports that we are seeing, time after time after time. All other types would be left to the moderating team.

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        The Chowhound Team Sep 15, 2012 12:02 PM

                                        There's no way for us to give a "limited delete" power. And while we'd hope that anyone not on the moderation team who was given access to a delete button would use it only for deleting spam, there's no way we could guarantee that. Unfortunately there's probably too much risk involved in this to make it worth the time to ask Engineering to create such an option.

                                        1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                          hill food Sep 15, 2012 06:03 PM

                                          oh yeah CT, well when I rule the world...

                                          honestly I don't really give that much of a crap if there are a gazillion junk threads that I need to skim past. sure it's annoying, but in the larger scheme of things I have worse stuff to find irritating. and in time it gets cleaned up and life goes on.

                                          and I really don't think ya ought to grant us editing rights (well OK maybe someone like servorg) or limiting first time posters - too frustrating for them to stick around.

                                2. Gio Sep 15, 2012 02:52 AM

                                  Oh yeah... they're back with a vengeance. Looks like the moderators are faced with loosing another week-end. How frustrating...

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                                    Vidute Sep 15, 2012 01:49 AM

                                    I was thinking. These spammers have all just created ids. Would it be possible to hold the posts of a new id for twenty-four hours? I think this might make tracking the spammers a little more easy.

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                                    1. re: Vidute
                                      Jacquilynne Sep 15, 2012 06:59 AM

                                      We've definitely talked about things like that, but that ends up having a huge impact on real newbies who just want to ask a question and we don't want them to get frustrated and leave.

                                      1. re: Jacquilynne
                                        Veggo Sep 15, 2012 08:21 AM

                                        A minor impact on a few newbies is the lesser evil compared to the nuisance factor to your throngs of faithful followers. As I have mentioned numerous times, limit newbies to posting one thread on day 1.

                                        1. re: Veggo
                                          LaLa Sep 22, 2012 05:29 PM

                                          Wow..I completely disagree with that...if I had came here all those years ago and signed up without being allowed to post I would never been back.

                                          1. re: LaLa
                                            Servorg Sep 22, 2012 05:31 PM

                                            New posters could post, their handy work just wouldn't show on the board for 24 hours the first time around (until they cleared the "spam test" hurdle).

                                          2. re: Veggo
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                                            GH1618 Sep 22, 2012 05:36 PM

                                            That seems extreme to me. But any user could be prevented from creating more than two new threads in an hour, say. The third attempt would block the user id from posting until a moderator reviewed the activity.

                                            What I don't understand is why the id of an obvious spammer cannot be blocked quickly, in any case.

                                            1. re: GH1618
                                              Veggo Sep 23, 2012 06:39 AM

                                              I mentioned limiting multiple new THREADS in a short interval, not posts. I don't envision many legitimate circumstances for a newbie to need/want a shitload of threads in a short time, or why they should be entitled to do so. Maybe newbies should walk before they run?

                                              1. re: Veggo
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                                                DeppityDawg Sep 23, 2012 08:25 AM

                                                I think that a limit of one new thread per hour would be enough for any legitimate user (newbie or oldie) and it would make the site unattractive for the current form of spamming. However, I am not recommending this solution, because (1) the spammers could just start posting their messages as replies in existing threads (which will be 100 times more insidious and annoying than what they're doing now) and (2) this sort of spam should ideally be dealt with discreetly upstream without explicitly imposing global restrictions on all users.

                                                That said, anyone (human or bot) who posts 10 times in one minute (or whatever it is) should be automatically flagged and blocked.

                                                1. re: DeppityDawg
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                                                  lcool Sep 23, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                  I agree.I think your example of 10 in one minute from the same IP should be obvious and easy to flag or block.

                                          3. re: Jacquilynne
                                            Servorg Sep 15, 2012 08:39 AM

                                            I wonder if there isn't a way to somehow push spam threads onto page 2 very quickly using programming legerdemain, before the CH Team cleans up the trash on aisle 2 (rather than it being overly conspicuous awaiting clean up on aisle 1) at their leisure? That would keep the hounds who hate the defacement of the site much calmer and more sanguine about the whole episode, along with keeping you all from having to go into scramble mode behind the curtain.

                                            Just a thought.

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                                          Vidute Sep 15, 2012 01:29 AM

                                          Football spam is back, too. And, I believe I noticed something. I have had no problem using the back button this evening until a little while ago. The back button didn't work. When I clicked on the discussions tab and was taken to the main page, I saw the football spam. I had not seen that all evening. Is this a coincidence, or could there be some correlation?

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                                            lcool Sep 11, 2012 03:38 AM

                                            THEY'RE BACK ....06:00 FOR THE START.......ATE THE ENTIRE PAGE 06:35

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                                            1. re: lcool
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                                              Feed_me Sep 13, 2012 04:45 PM

                                              Hail the Chowhound Team! I noticed some bozo was putting up a bunch of posts about some football game on the Los Angeles board. I found this thread and when I checked back on L.A. board it's now all gone. Thanks for keeping it (the boards) clean and shiny.

                                              1. re: Feed_me
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                                                Feed_me Sep 13, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                Amazingly enough, I assume the same bozo has returned with a new nom de spam. I'm sure his useless posts will be relegated to the trash bin. Thanks in advance to the CHT.

                                                1. re: Feed_me
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                                                  lcool Sep 14, 2012 04:54 AM

                                                  He has,there was ?1,I saw,early this AM.I think The Chowhound Team is now getting the guy at the gate.

                                                  1. re: lcool
                                                    hill food Sep 15, 2012 12:39 AM

                                                    they're baaack. and this time it's rugby.

                                                    why do they bother? the only thing I can think is the effort is so automated the purpose of the site they spam isn't even considered.

                                                    <edit> and yeah the next time the user interface is re-tooled, move or put another 'report' button at the top of each post so nobody has to scroll through the individual nonsense.

                                                    but then they're so blatant and the mod's are so vigilant, we probably don't have to bother reporting...

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                                              lcool Sep 10, 2012 07:06 AM

                                              THEY'RE BACK !

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                                              1. re: lcool
                                                Gio Sep 10, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                If they were... they're gone now. 8 minutes after you posted. The Moderators are getting so Good at this.

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                                                  lcool Sep 10, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                  I think even better than 8 minutes.
                                                  Maybe even catching some before they enter.

                                              2. jrvedivici Sep 10, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                Well major prop's to the Mod's I guess, although I don't check as frequently on the weekends I didn't see any football related spam over the weekend.

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                                                1. re: jrvedivici
                                                  The Chowhound Team Sep 10, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                  There was some, but not much, due to the efforts of a few volunteer moderators who closely monitored the site as much as possible this weekend to either stop the spam before it started, or delete it as soon as it showed up. Thanks for showing your appreciation to these folks, it's appreciated.

                                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                    Servorg Sep 10, 2012 07:36 AM

                                                    Wham! Bam! Mod's say "No more spam!" I do think the "proactive" approach that was taken is the way to handle these social reprobates, Kudos.

                                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team
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                                                      lcool Sep 10, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                      Glad for the efforts.
                                                      I sincerely hope the weekend all of you lost to this has come closer curative.The vigilance mode is tough 24/7.

                                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                        jrvedivici Sep 10, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                        Ok so the curious George in me just want's to know what was the purpose of the spam? Product endorsement like " For your football bbq don't forget Purdue chicken wings" or more restaurants promoting football specials?

                                                        @ Servorg "Wham! Bam!" thank you for the visual of the mod's wearing their masked caped crusading outfits while fighting our spam crime here in Chowthom City.

                                                        1. re: jrvedivici
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                                                          lcool Sep 10, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                          About 2 minutes before I posted "THEY'RE BACK" I hit report on a NEW spam/shill post.

                                                          It was gone just as fast

                                                          1. re: jrvedivici
                                                            The Chowhound Team Sep 10, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                            The recent spam attacks haven't had anything to do with food; most of them are for online streaming video services.

                                                          2. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                            mcf Sep 10, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                            Thanks to you all!

                                                        2. The Chowhound Team Sep 8, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                          Hey, guys, we appreciate the spirited defense, but we're already blowing off our weekend to deal with spammers, so it'd be a great help if y'all could not reply to posts you know are gonna get yanked. Thanks much!

                                                          Love,

                                                          Your currently overworked, volunteer moderator team.

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                                                          1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                            Servorg Sep 8, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                            I *volunteer* to never reply to any spam posts...ever. So help me Dog.

                                                            1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                              sunshine842 Sep 9, 2012 02:04 AM

                                                              but kudos on working your asses off -- I see NOTHING from the fidiots (great word!) on Sunday morning.

                                                              1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                                Beach Chick Sep 9, 2012 06:56 AM

                                                                'Love,
                                                                Your currently overworked, volunteer moderator team.'

                                                                Major kudos and props to the Mods for dealing with an over the top spam attacks.
                                                                Never seen it so bad and Veggo..you and I are cut from the same dish cloth..9/16 baby!

                                                                Busted gut when the Mods wrote 'Love'...

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                                                                sr44 Sep 8, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                And now passports for any country you might want.

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                                                                  DeppityDawg Sep 8, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                  At least it's a halfway useful product this time.

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                                                                  justicenow Sep 8, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                  It appears the mods are doing a very credible job removing the crap.
                                                                  One very useful thing to remember is not to ever click on the links that
                                                                  are provided in the spam. This is not just a virus/security precaution.
                                                                  The spammers are paid for producing hits to the sites they are spreading.
                                                                  If CHs click a lot a lot, we will get much more of the same type of crap.

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                                                                  1. re: justicenow
                                                                    Veggo Sep 8, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                    Good point, and as quickly as real hounds can post real posts to real threads, the spam gets wiped off the first page into oblivion.
                                                                    Veggo sings: " if I had a rocket launcher...."

                                                                    1. re: Veggo
                                                                      Gio Sep 8, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                      And yet the fidiots will continue to steamroll their way through the boards all week-end. Oh well, the moderators certainly have their work cut out for themselves. A short while ago I had to do the same job on another site. As soon as I deleted two 6 more would show up. Almost impossible to keep up... It's a thankless job.

                                                                  2. carolinadawg Sep 8, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                                    "Jammed the entire site" in what way? I haven't noticed any loss of functionality.

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                                                                    1. re: carolinadawg
                                                                      Veggo Sep 8, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                                      As you can see, the invasion resumed 2 minutes after your post.

                                                                      1. re: Veggo
                                                                        carolinadawg Sep 8, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                        Just looked, don't see any.

                                                                        1. re: Veggo
                                                                          mcf Sep 8, 2012 08:49 AM

                                                                          I've only seen one today, just reported it. I saw and reported a couple the other day. That's it.

                                                                          1. re: mcf
                                                                            Veggo Sep 8, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                            But for the caprice of timing, you have not suffered the worst of it.

                                                                        2. re: carolinadawg
                                                                          sunshine842 Sep 8, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                          when Gio first posted, the ENTIRE main forum page was all promos for online football sites -- no cooking/food discussions at all.

                                                                          It completely jammed the entire site.

                                                                          1. re: sunshine842
                                                                            carolinadawg Sep 8, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                            But that doesn't actually "jam" the site. They're annoying, yes, but easily ignored. It's not a zero sum situation...one spam post doesn't prevent one real post from appearing. You guys are over-reacting a bit, imo.

                                                                            1. re: carolinadawg
                                                                              sunshine842 Sep 9, 2012 02:04 AM

                                                                              but it did -- the entire -- and I mean the ENTIRE front page was football spam when Gio posted that complaint.

                                                                              The fact that you didn't see it doesn't mean it wasn't there.

                                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                carolinadawg Sep 9, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                Last post on ths topic for me. I know the spam exists. I have seen it, and as I previously stated, it's annoying. Nonetheless, in my opinion (and that is a very important part of this post so please read it carefully) the spam doesn't "jam" the site. It's easy to ignore, and when reported, it is deleted quickly. Apparently, the "front page" is very important to you. (and by the way, the font page isn't the entire site) I guess it's not to me. I rarely look at it, as I'm usually looking at my saved boards where there will be only a few of the spam posts can be seen at a time.

                                                                                Bottom ilne: My opinion on this matter doesn't make me wrong, doesn't make me less important as a 'hound and isn't a banishable offense, as others have stated.

                                                                                1. re: carolinadawg
                                                                                  Quine Sep 10, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                  Depending on how the spammers are creating the posts, if they are running a program delivering multiple posts per minute, it can "jam" a site, making it lag and slow.

                                                                                  Since multiple people, reported it as "jamming" apparently, they found there was some lag.
                                                                                  Telling them to just ignore it, it was only annoying, is not helpful, and also untrue.
                                                                                  Sorry. Spam can and does cause a site to lag depending on how the spam is being posted.

                                                                                  1. re: Quine
                                                                                    The Chowhound Team Sep 11, 2012 04:42 AM

                                                                                    We haven't had any reports of site slowness recently and don't think these spammers are slowing the site down, but if anyone has experienced site slowness at a time of high spam, please do let us know.

                                                                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team
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                                                                                      lcool Sep 11, 2012 04:56 AM

                                                                                      There was no perceptible slowness this AM,06:30 EDT when I hit report.

                                                                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                                                        Quine Sep 11, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                        In fact, yesterday, when I made the above post, on another board, I had experienced a long "posting reply" time, that circle kept turning. It happens on occasion, I chalk it up to glitches. And do not send engineering posts.

                                                                                        Given that more than one poster on this thread specifically used the word, jammed and not spammed or any other wording, indicates that some felt, there was some loss of function.

                                                                                        Only one CHer is denying that it is possible. That is the point, I am responding to.

                                                                                      2. re: Quine
                                                                                        carolinadawg Sep 11, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                                        No one has specifically stated they experienced any degradation of site utility due to the spammers. I certainly haven't. Therefore, it would in fact appear to be only an annoyance. And my comments included a recommendation to report the spam to the mods, so that it can be deleted, which is done very quickly.

                                                                                        1. re: carolinadawg
                                                                                          Quine Sep 11, 2012 06:14 AM

                                                                                          "The football streamers have now effectively jammed the entire site." - Geo
                                                                                          "but none of my other boards get completely mired in it like this one."- Sunshine842
                                                                                          "As you can see, the invasion resumed 2 minutes after your post." - Veggo
                                                                                          "But for the caprice of timing, you have not suffered the worst of it." -Veggo
                                                                                          "It completely jammed the entire site." - Sunshine842
                                                                                          "Major kudos and props to the Mods for dealing with an over the top spam attacks.
                                                                                          Never seen it so bad " -Beach Chick
                                                                                          "THEY'RE BACK ....06:00 FOR THE START.......ATE THE ENTIRE PAGE 06:35" - Icool

                                                                                          So much for your "No one has specifically stated they experienced any degradation of site utility due to the spammers."
                                                                                          The facts do exist, and your statement "Therefore, it would in fact appear to be only an annoyance." is false.
                                                                                          Sorry charlie.

                                                                                          1. re: Quine
                                                                                            carolinadawg Sep 11, 2012 06:17 AM

                                                                                            And yet, NONE of these comments include any problems using the site caused by the spam. I am baffled by your deep stubborness on this issue, guess its some sort of personal issue with me. Oh well.

                                                                                            1. re: carolinadawg
                                                                                              jrvedivici Sep 11, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                                              Whoa……{{blowing into my referee whistle}}…..Time out!! Time out!!

                                                                                              Ok let’s all agree to disagree on this topic. I for one have not even seen any spam nor have experienced anything wrong with the site and for that again I give prop’s to the Mod’s. (I’m sorry what’s that I have something on my nose?? Lol )

                                                                                              As for the back and forth of who said what said where said……we can all express our opinions that’s what the site is designed for to express your opinions there is no need to be more right than someone else. Just like my Mom always told me “Opinions are like a@@holes……every body has one and some stink more than others.”

                                                                                              Let’s all take a step back…..especially on a day as significant as today and just agree to listen to each other and respect each others opinions as mutual contributors to this site we all enjoy. Come on…everyone move in for a group {{hug}}……..ok all better!!

                                                                                              Be well people.

                                                                                              1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                                                The Chowhound Team Sep 11, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                                Thanks -- we agree it is really time to let this argument go. We don't want spam on our site regardless of whether it degrades the actual performance of the site (we don't think it's doing that, but if you see a slow down in response times we are interested in hearing about it) or is just annoying and getting in the way of people finding the stuff they are interested in. So everyone, please continue to report spam using the 'report' button as you see it, since we can all agree the site is better off without it.

                                                                                                1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                                                                  jrvedivici Sep 11, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                                                  Don’t worry Chow Team Jr has your back!!

                                                                                                  Hey on an unrelated topic to this thread but still “site talk” related may I ask you this question? I often see Mod’s who use their name most notably is “ Jacqueline” (real name or not is irrelevant). Then I often see “The Chowhound Team”…..is this or are you just one person or do multiple people who don’t want to use a “real name” post/moderate as The Chowhound Team?

                                                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                                                    The Chowhound Team Sep 11, 2012 08:41 AM

                                                                                                    The Chowhound Team may be any of a group of people, mostly volunteers, who moderate the site. Jacquilynne is the Community Manager, a member of the site staff who manages the Team.

                                                                                              2. re: carolinadawg
                                                                                                Davwud Sep 27, 2012 04:38 AM

                                                                                                I'm genearlly on your side dawg. I visit the site often throughout the day and really haven't noticed any problems over the last month. Same ole, same ole if you ask me.

                                                                                                DT

                                                                                  2. re: sunshine842
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                                                                                    wincountrygirl Sep 8, 2012 08:38 AM

                                                                                    Yes, I saw that too - only football posts on the main page

                                                                                2. Gio Sep 8, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                  I wonder if there are moderators in each time zone, or if they're only on the west coast.

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                                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                                    The Chowhound Team Sep 8, 2012 05:37 AM

                                                                                    There are moderators in many time zones, almost all volunteers. Believe us, we are working as hard and fast as we can to clean up this crap, until someone figures out a technical solution.

                                                                                    In the meantime, please continue to report them. It's only necessary to report one post from any one user name. If we see that report we will deal with any other posts by that user.

                                                                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team
                                                                                      Gio Sep 8, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                                                      It's a hard row you have to hoe. Many thanks...!

                                                                                  2. Veggo Sep 8, 2012 04:58 AM

                                                                                    There MUST be a mechanism to recognize multiple threads by the same name and delete them without human assistance. The spammers are putting the viability of the site at risk. Think survival mode, CH.

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                                                                                    1. re: Veggo
                                                                                      sunshine842 Sep 8, 2012 05:00 AM

                                                                                      and this is the only board I frequent that experiences this issue...there are always a few spammy posts that make it through, but none of my other boards get completely mired in it like this one.

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