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Recent Forum spam

Posted: Wed May 11, 2022 1:08 am
by frictioncircle

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Wed May 11, 2022 9:46 am
by eNate
Flag icon, lower left of each post.

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Thu May 12, 2022 1:56 am
by frictioncircle
Interesting, eNate, there are no icons lower left for me.

Looks like the flag icon (upper right when logged in, next to the "quote" icon) will do the trick – hadn't noticed that before, thank you!

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Thu May 12, 2022 6:20 am
by eNate
Oh, look at that, mobile and desktop have the flag in opposite corners.

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 11:47 pm
by frictioncircle
I've flagged nearly 20 posts.

How long will it be before admin will be able to take this junk down?

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 1:46 pm
by 3pete
frictioncircle wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 11:47 pm I've flagged nearly 20 posts.

How long will it be before admin will be able to take this junk down?
If there is any chance this forum (perhaps the whole "my-electric-car" network) has more than 50 million monthly users, it currently might be illegal to remove those posts thanks to Texas's Attorney General. (Warning: article linked includes profanity https://www.techdirt.com/2022/05/12/the ... mediately/)

That said, I assume the actual reason is more due to lack of the admin's time based on how long previous spam has stayed up after I flagged it.

Lastly, I am slightly intrigued by the theme of this spam. It is fairly innocuous (at this point) but perhaps that's because more egregious types would have been auto-flagged or something.

Re: Recent Forum spam

Posted: Wed May 18, 2022 5:02 am
by EvanstonI3
Lastly, I am slightly intrigued by the theme of this spam. It is fairly innocuous (at this point)
That's because there are probably times when the inline links they posted don't work (forum stripped them off) and other times it is just a test/placeholder for a sleeper account to see what kind of reaction (or lack of) comes from moderators. Also- once a user is approved they may also be using the account to try to send Private Messages to other Registered users. The spam or scam will be in the PM, not the public comment. Some forums will not allow a new user to send PMs unless they have posted "X" amount of comments first, so they post bland, innocuous comments to meet the threshold of being allowed to PM others.

I moderate another forum elsewhere and it used to be inundated with this kind of stuff. I now check all emails/IP addresses of new users with a web-based spammer database and just nuke them if they are on it.