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Sep 8, 2012 04:48 AM

This Has To Stop...

The football streamers have now effectively jammed the entire site.

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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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

        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

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

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

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        1. re: carolinadawg

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

            1. re: Veggo

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

              1. re: mcf

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

            2. re: carolinadawg

              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

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

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

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

                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                            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

                            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

                              "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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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”… 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 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

                                    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.


                      2. re: sunshine842

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

                    2. 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

                        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

                          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.

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