Raise Your PC IQ! 6 Key Technologies Explained

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Trooper_One

Why not implement something like what Craigslist does - there's a little spam button and community members can flag them.  It works quite well, I think.

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SAND_CREATURE

I work as a moderator on a forum and we used to have a serious problem with spam for video converters, so many per day.   We tried a lot of things, and one thing that ended up working was a blacklist database in combination with keyword blocking.

 

I mean if you want to write about fashion and nike jordans in your comment in maximum pc, if you are a real human, you can find an alternative wording to use

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JonPhillips

I'll echo everything Amber wrote, and also add that we apparently signed a deal a few days ago for an improved Spam-killing system. If that doesn't work, we can consider instituting the "waiting period" alluded to earlier in the posting, and/or hiring a hit team that would travel to China and methodically neutralize the spam at its source. I didn't see the whole movie because it got boring, but I'm reminded of the Spielberg film "Munich."

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Blaze589

I'm just commenting so that this will show up in track section of my user account. With that being said, this is a must read article. Most on the technologies mentioned here were unknown to me or at the very least not proficiently known to me. Good job "Maximum PC Staff."

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Mechayoshi

SPAM SPAM SPAM

 

WHo mods this place???

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Mechayoshi

Who mods this place? Get out of here!

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ABouman

I'm removing spam posts by hand. We're doing our best to find a fix, but until then, we're literally deleting manually. We *do* appreciate the patience though!

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richardferaro

How about getting volunteers to do the task? As you can see, it's getting out of control.

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COMMANDER_COOK

Amber, has anyone seen my comments about adding a waiting period to new accounts preventing them from posting comments for a while? I think that might help.

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Eoraptor

That's what we do over at my main message board hangout, the signup process has two turing's (one a randomized math test like 2+2=) and the other a standard captcha image (but not the google one used here). Then a set of volunteers checks each registration within 12 hours to make sure it is not from a spam-bot address like 166ricca722@hotmail, before activating it. in a year we've had maybe six spam farmers make it through.

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COMMANDER_COOK

I figure MPC wants something more automated. I thought that if the spammers are unable to post any comments for a couple weeks, then maybe by the time is up they will have forgot their logins. I know it's not a solution, but I think it will slow them down.

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ABouman

Thanks for the suggestions - I'll start sending them up the chain to see if those are things that have been considered or could be put into place, much appreciated!

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hvymetal86

Just thought of an idea to attract people as volunteers to weed out spam...  offer free or discounted subscriptions, special tags or titles on the site/forums, ect.  They would obviously still need to undergo a screening process of some sort, and have to provide some legit real world info so real action could be taken against them in case they abuse the power in any way.

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