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    Admin on a forum I moderate have altered things a little.
    This means that people can join but not post until checked and approved by Admin- good idea to be implenented on here I reckon
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    Indeed, I've reported several obvious posts that have sat here for several hours during week days.

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    Even though new registrations are turned off for the duration of the holidays we are still being inundated by spam.
    Upon investigation these are spammers who have registered prior to this period and have posted before.
    DLF are falling down by not banning those members from posting as soon as it becomes apparent they are spammers. By leaving them as members it has still left the forums wide open to the trash they post.

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    Not all of them had posted before, they had just registered and been 'lurking', it's a common spammer tactic to try and avoid moderation/filters.

    I haven't got the access to check myself but I suspect that there are hundreds of lurking registrations here.
    (And I suspect there are even more SEO spammers who never post anything so aren't that much of a problem from a user point of view).

    I've already emailed admin about it, with step by step advice (and screenshots) on how to check for and remove lurking spammers, even before they post anything.
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    To be honest, I think that no matter what us members do or post is falling on deaf ears. We've heard the promises over and over again but still nothing has transpired.
    Talking about these forums being there to help disabled and unwell, that is very far from the truth going by DLF's attitude. If it wasn't for the knowledgeable members prepared to plough through all that spam to find the genuine posts this site would be of no use at all.

    I have come to the conclusion that DLF do NOT give a damn for those in need of help.

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    Well someone must be about, several spam posts that were there earlier today are now gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by beau View Post
    Even though new registrations are turned off for the duration of the holidays we are still being inundated by spam.
    Upon investigation these are spammers who have registered prior to this period and have posted before.
    DLF are falling down by not banning those members from posting as soon as it becomes apparent they are spammers. By leaving them as members it has still left the forums wide open to the trash they post.
    Ok, so we have the option to "Ignore User" via their profile page, but can't this be *upgraded* to remove their posts from our feed once you have ignored somebody??
    C'mon techies, add this automatically as part of the "Ignore User" process . . .
    The quicker they learn nobody is seeing their rubbish, the quicker they may get bored with the spamming process on here!

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    That would be a modification that could only be made by the developers of the software that the forum runs on, vBulletin.
    vBulletin is a widely used forum software, it is customisable to an extent but Youreable/DLF have no control over things like that.

    You will never stop spammers, as long as there are advertisers willing to pay them.
    Spamming is not new, it's the computer equivalent of junk mail through your letterbox, or sticking adverts on empty shop windows.
    As long as some advertiser believes it is cost effective they will keep paying people to do it.

    People (often disabled people) used to get pennies to 'work from home' stuffing adverts into envelopes and posting them, they were the pre-computer equivalent of spammers.
    Stuffing enevlope jobs are still available and advertised.

    You will even find certain spamming jobs advertised on the (jobcentre promoted) Indeed jobsearch website.
    Of course they are not advertised as spamming, look for 'SEO Sales Specialist'. (SEO is the givaway - Search Engine Optimisation, often spamming).
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