Solved Note to spam posters/responders

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April 9, 2019 at 07:06:31
Specs: Win10, 8GB
Admins will remove any spam messages on the boards --- all others please DO NOT reply to this type of post. It makes it much quicker to locate and delete when there are no responses. Even those that are "setup and respond" posts will be eliminated.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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April 20, 2019 at 14:10:23
Why are all the non-mods confusing replying and reporting? The request was to not reply to spam. Just don't publicly engage with the spammer; to do so helps mask the spam. No moderator is telling you what to do when it comes to reporting posts.

I know "reply" and "report" share the first three letters, but they are different actions.

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#1
April 9, 2019 at 08:16:58
Should we still report suspected spam posts as SPAM or just wait for one of the moderators to find them?

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#2
April 9, 2019 at 11:51:42
It's easier to spot it if it isn't answered, and Justin is the only one who can obtain a report on it (moderators don't...and I'm not sure how often he drops in). Just leave it alone and the blue "answer" button makes it easy to spot.

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#3
April 9, 2019 at 11:57:50
I usually send a PM to Justin if I feel there is an appropriate post. He then may remove the post or take other measures.

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#4
April 9, 2019 at 12:40:13
That's fine, but some of them are pretty obvious...main thing I'm asking for is to not respond to them.

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April 9, 2019 at 13:45:27
What if a spam response arrives in the middle of a thread? I usually report them so that the poster doesn't get mislead and think they are a legitimate response to his/her post.

Is the spam part of the reporting facility going to be removed?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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April 9, 2019 at 13:55:23
Derek, mods can remove individual posts as well as the entire thread. I notify Justin after seeing more than one post from a suspected spammer.

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#7
April 9, 2019 at 14:02:25
Yes, but what I meant was should we report a single spam input in the middle of a thread to ensure that the poster doesn't think he/she should go to it to fix a problem? They often contain a link.

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April 9, 2019 at 16:30:43
"Is the spam part of the reporting facility going to be removed?"

Not to my knowledge. But I go through the posts every morning before I leave for work. I blow them away to prevent "the inexperienced" from clicking a link, and potentially giving them a bad experience on the site (or potentially worse). Recently there's been several responses to obviously spammer posts and it makes identifying them more difficult. Spam posts within (or, usually at the end) of the posts are also relatively easy to identify since a spammer will pick a random older post to push back to the top of the queue.

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#9
April 20, 2019 at 10:16:09
So what are we supposed to do when obvious spam is not removed - as is currently the case? Ignore it or ignore your request not to report it?

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April 20, 2019 at 14:10:23
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Why are all the non-mods confusing replying and reporting? The request was to not reply to spam. Just don't publicly engage with the spammer; to do so helps mask the spam. No moderator is telling you what to do when it comes to reporting posts.

I know "reply" and "report" share the first three letters, but they are different actions.

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April 20, 2019 at 15:00:42
"The request was to not reply to spam. Just don't publicly engage with the spammer; to do so helps mask the spam. No moderator is telling you what to do when it comes to reporting posts."

Precisely.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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