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    Senior Member nukecad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by beau View Post
    As for people leaving YA, do you think that is the intention by leaving the spam therefore giving an excuse to shut the site.
    Spamming has been a problem for different reasons at different times.

    10 years ago it was porn, you would not believe the amount of porn I saw as a moderator in those days.
    Nowadays porn spam on forums has virtually stopped, it's easy enough to google it if that's what you want.

    The vast increase in forum spam for the last 2 or 3 years has not been aimed at readers at all, it is from dodgy SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) firms.
    They are not bothered if any person sees it, as long as the Search Engine spiders do. That's how they make their money.

    I'll explain it:

    SEO firms advertise openly and promise to get a small company's website a higher Search Engine rating so that search engines like Google, Yahoo, etc. show them first.
    They charge the company for this service.
    There are some genuine SEO firms who do actually work hard to raise ratings.

    The dodgy ones just spam forums with their clients web addresses, and then say "Look how many websites your company is now mentioned on. Pay us $$$'s".
    (Notice how a lot of the current spam is just lists of web addresses).
    Of course this does not improve the company's web rating one bit, and can even reduce it. Google et-al are not stupid they know what is going on.
    Most companies would be horrified to know that they were paying for spam, but if/when the marketing guy who paid for it realises do you think he is going to tell his boss and risk his job?

    (There is even a sub section of SEO spammers who never post, they just use robot programmes to register on forums and put the web address(s) to be advertised somewhere in their member profile. You suddenly realise that your forum has thousands of members who have never posted anything. One forum I moderate got more of these in a week than genuine members from the previous 10 years. Simple to deal with, Admin just deleted all members with zero posts).
    Last edited by nukecad; 01-24-2018 at 04:15 PM.
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    I moderate on a forum and we never get spam because the filters are so good and updated on a regular basis.
    As a mod one can look at online users and what they are doing, many times you can see that they are trying to register but they never succeed. Genuine posters always manage to register.
    Just for a bit of being nosey I sometimes check the IP address of those trying to register, they are always on a black list.
    Last edited by beau; 01-24-2018 at 05:17 PM.

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    Hi beau,

    Which underlying software is that forum running on?

    And are you a site mod, or a sub forum mod?
    From what you have said before I think a site mod.

    TBH fake IPs are easy to generate, so IP blocking is not as powerful as it used to be.
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    I am a site mod.
    Not really sure what underlying software the forum is running on as that is for admin of which I am not a party to.
    Bottom of the forum it says "Powered by Invision Community " if that is of any help.

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    Yep, I sort of know ipboard.

    TBH I am not a fan of it, every version update causes lots of problems.
    I'm intelligent enough to know that I don't know everything.
    But I'm good at searching for, and finding, stuff.


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    Yet we have never had any problems and have been using it for 2 years now.

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    Wow, no spam this morning yet. Wonder if any will appear later unless something has been done to the filters.

    Spoke too soon, 2 have appeared in the last 45 minutes.
    Last edited by beau; 01-26-2018 at 07:47 AM.

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    Spam, spam and more spam. I emailed DLF and got this reply just now.
    " Dear Beau,

    Thank you for your email regarding spam posts.



    We are aware of the level of spam posts that are appearing on the forum and can assure you this is not being ignored - our web development team has been and is continuing to investigate and work on the filters. It’s not a straightforward process unfortunately, but we can assure you we are working on a fix.



    In the meantime please be aware that any spam posts that are currently being posted on the forum are being manually removed by DLF’s moderators – any removal of said posts will be during normal office hours Monday –Friday 9-5pm. "


    Waiting with bated breath.

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    Dropped in to the forum for a quick look at was happening, and on this subsection of the forum, full page of Spam and not one genuine post. Can see why some aare getting fed up. It is at the point where, though it may have delayed some getting the advice they wanted, and our posts would occasionally get delayed while being moderated, i prefered it then, to all this rubbish.

    But I do have sympathy for the mods with the problems they face, whichever approach they take not everyone will be happy.

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    Rather than browsing the subsections try using the 'New posts' button as described in this link, it makes it easier to see the genuine stuff and weed out/ignore the spam.
    http://www.youreable.com/forums/show...l=1#post139910
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