Solved Should I be worried about a private msg?

September 2, 2014 at 07:17:02
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I just received a PM from one "Nataly" asking me for help on a beta at "http://www.xprt.io?signup=general" Is there any way of knowing if a PM is from inside and legit?

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#1
September 2, 2014 at 08:42:52
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It's spam. They're probably moving to PMs since the more public avenues are are more managed.

EDIT: And to answer your question, anyone who signs up for an account on this site can PM any other member, so it's not a PM from Computing.Net / Tom's Guide.

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#2
September 2, 2014 at 14:16:37
Good, Thank you. Should these be reported or just ignored?

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#3
September 2, 2014 at 14:38:25
You can report them to Justin Weber. He runs the site, and he has the power to ban accounts. In this instance, I doubt you need to do anything more. Justin is pretty responsive to user issues, so I wouldn't be surprised if he is already taking action. Actually, I'm kinda surprised he hasn't commented in this thread yet.

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#4
September 2, 2014 at 14:53:25
From the comments I've read about Justin, I should have known that.
Thanks again.

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#5
September 2, 2014 at 17:26:05
Hi,

Thanks for the heads up! Looks like we had a PM spammer. I have taken care of the message he sent and blocked that term from PMs. Hopefully that takes care of it.

Please let me know if you see anything else fishy.

Thanks again!
Justin


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#6
September 2, 2014 at 22:26:16
I guess I'm not worthy. I didn't get her PM. I wonder if they were directed at contributors to a particular forum.

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#7
September 3, 2014 at 05:26:00
DAVEINCAPS,

I think they were working their way through all users, but at a pace that wasn't enough to make it totally obvious.

Justin


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#8
September 3, 2014 at 06:11:44
Or maybe too worthy, they probably prey on newbs that may not know any better.

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#9
September 3, 2014 at 12:44:26
I'd assume they'd hit less established members. DAVEINCAPS, ranked #11, is too likely to complain about spam. The mods/admins would certainly be eliminated as potential targets since those groups would most likely shut down the operation.

The site in question seems to be targeting the same general audience as this site, so long as those people have iPhones and are willing to get their tech advice through mobile. That reduces their potential market share to approx. 40% of the US, and that's about it. They're taking applications to "become an xprt," but there's no indication in what I would gain from doing so. Presumably they're trying to crowd source their company, but you can't do that with barriers to entry. There's no observed revenue stream. I assume they'll bombard you with ads (much like this site), but there's even less value in mobile ads compared to website ads.

So yeah. Poor market research, a design that inhibits its purpose, low-cost and parasitic advertising attempts, and no observed viable means of profit outside of getting bought out before this tech bubble bursts. Sounds like a typical Silicon Vally startup.

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