Increase in spam lately
Went from one or two every other day needing deletion ; to about 10 a day needing deletion. Anything change in the algorithm, did spammers find an Achilles heel, loophole, opening, etc. ? Many get caught, but lately it seems a few more are slipping thru requiring manual deletion.
The blog I need help with is redrundrain.wordpress.com.
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Well that’s well and good – BUT I’ve still seen an increase in what gets by the “algorithm” ; the “filter” ; the “strategy” ; call it what you want. People have figured a way to beat it, sneak it thru.
–Hopefully there is a system of continued, ongoing, improvement, to make it better each month, each quarter, etc. – OR is this it, it’s done, it’s as good as it’s ever going to get, and no one is working on it ever again ?
Whatever the reason for the increase in spam, it is NOT the fault of the volunteers on here; nor is it within their powers to * fix* the problem. Do what most of us do here…delete or mark as spam. It’s not too difficult really.
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