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    Spam Posts (and what to do about them).

    We seem to be having a few spam posts getting onto the forum this week.

    I'm guessing that the spam filters may have been turned down a bit.
    I haven't seen anyone complaining that their posts got moderated recently, but the downside is that some spam then gets through.

    The best advice is not to add a reply to spam posts, sarcastic or otherwise. That just bumps it up the new post list again.

    If its a new thread then simply ignore it, the moderators will spot it and remove it when one of them next logs in.

    If it's added in the middle of an existing thread (or if you realy must) then you could click on the 'Report Post' button at the bottom left of the post, this will put it in a list for moderator attention.
    You can add a short message if needed saying why you have reported it, though it's usually pretty obvious.

    Remember that if everyone reports every spam post the report list gets very big, so use it sparingly.
    Depending on the way it's been set up the mods may even get sent an email for each report made, I do for the site I moderate.
    (Which can be a bit of a pain when you get 20 report emails about the same spam post).

    Conciencious moderators will read, or at least glance at, every post made anyway, so don't realy need the reports.
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    This could do with being stickied.
    Good post, mate.

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    In that case remove the report button
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    All getting a bit Monty Python for me, all I can hear is that damn Spam Spam song.

    Each day is one or more of the dodgy posts getting through.

    Now bring me a shrubbery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzmps View Post
    Each day is one or more of the dodgy posts getting through.
    Yes, but when was the last time you saw someone complain that their post had been sent to moderation?

    It's a bit of a trade off, a bit of spam will get through if the filters are less harsh.

    You should see how mutch spam filters actually catch so it never gets posted.
    100 - 200 a day is not that unusual for a forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gus607 View Post
    In that case remove the report button
    How does one report the report button being removed???

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    More appearing. I reported two yesterday but they are still there.

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    I'll report. Thats what the button is there for, no?

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    It would kill off most of the spam and at the same time not irritate regulars if the spam filters were high and anyone who has published on the forum before never had their posts automatically moderated.

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    Unfortunately that does not work in practice.

    The spammers just make one or two 'normal' posts then post their spam.
    (Often they just copy and paste an earlier post).

    Even if you set a minimum number of posts after which members skip the filters spammers will get round it.
    I've known forum members with 100+ posts suddenly start spamming.
    And then of course there's the possibility of a member account being 'hijacked' by a spammer.

    You will always get some spam leaking through.
    The best way to control it is to have sensible filter levels, backed up by good moderators who check multiple times a day and remove any that does get through.
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