Spam in the Forums

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  • #1576700

    apetcher
    Member

    Is anyone checking to see what sort of content is finding its way into the forums?

    The blog I need help with is apetcher.wordpress.com.

    #1576733

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    What do I do if I see spam in the forums?
    Spam is a violation of our forums code of conduct. If you see it you can add a tag that says ‘spammer’ to the thread, and another that says ‘modlook’ to make sure staff see the spam so we can remove it.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-help-in-the-forums/

    If you see it, feel free to tag it as suggested. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.

    #1576760

    raincoaster
    Member

    It really shouldn’t be necessary to add two tags, should it? Staff should always search the Spammer tag.

    #1576761

    tessl8
    Member

    @raincoaster,

    The modlook tag has many topics staff should look at.

    The spammer tag is helpful when there is a a spammer with only one or two posts. The spammers with 20 or 50 or 80 posts are quite obvious and very fast at posting so the spammer tag is extraneous.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that anyone can also report a blog as spam by going to the site and reporting it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/report-blogs/
    If the blog is blank be sure to mention that it has been spamming the forums. This won’t take the spam away immediately, but is an alert that there is a problem.

    #1576762

    raincoaster
    Member

    But the Modlook tag summons both staffers and volunteer moderators, and it gives the same prominence and priority to routine spam deletion as well as actual hacker worries and crises. There should be a way to prioritize that.

    #1576763

    tessl8
    Member

    Yes, “modlook” is prioritized. But “spammer” is a quick tag to check—a scan of the forums when someone is here for the main purpose of solving users’ problems, thus easily taken care of. Keep in mind that volunteer moderators don’t spend all day here, and when there are lots of modlooks, it’s efficient to find the spammers with that optional tag.

    #1576765

    raincoaster
    Member

    So, I shouldn’t bother using Modlook, I should just use Spammer?

    #1576766

    tessl8
    Member

    Or both.
    Modlook has priority for staff.
    Spammer is quick for volunteer moderators.

    #1576767

    raincoaster
    Member

    Okay, good. I don’t think the modlook tag should be muddied with routine stuff like spammers. It’ll keep things more efficient.

    #1576768

    tessl8
    Member

    You’re a good woman Charlie Brown!
    ≥^!^≤

    #1576769

    justpi
    Member

    Spammer is quick for volunteer moderators.

    And who are they, now that you became staff?

    #1576771

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Personally, I don’t really care who has the keys to the backroom, as long as the tag is moderated and the troublemakers removed. I’m still scratching my head why dealing with the multi-post offenders has to be done manually.

    #1576773

    tessl8
    Member

    Clearing up the multi-post spam is certainly something we all agree on! No one benefits when the forums are full of call-girls and sports-guys.

    #1576774

    psifigal
    Member

    This is a weird one, I got 2 likes on my newest post, and I think one of them liked it even before I published it, how can the be? Also, when I click on their avatar/link there is only a gravatar profile, no blog at all, there are links to sites selling stuff, I think, I didn’t click on them. Is there any way of deleting them from my “like” section? I wouldn’t like for one of my readers to be led onto a site that might be hazardous. My blog address is:

    psifigal

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

    #1576775

    tessl8
    Member

    @psifigal,

    Please start a new thread with this new topic. Hijacking threads make the forums difficult to use, sort of like a gap in the time/space continuum.

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/dashboard#postform

    Note: you can check out other threads on the topic of “likes”
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/likes

    #1576783

    apetcher
    Member

    Surely you can do something about the ‘Mumbai Call Girls’ spammer! How can we trust the site if this garbage leaks through unfiltered?

    #1576785

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Please see my earlier reply to you. Perhaps you overlooked it.
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/spam-in-the-forums?replies=16#post-1574261

    #1576786

    apetcher
    Member

    Sorry but that is a nonsense response. The forum is full of sex spam, surely WordPress should be stopping it?

    #1576787

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @apetcher – We forum volunteers are quite aware of the problem and have discussed this with Staff previously both by email and in the forums. Unfortunately, there appears to be some kind of difficulty in stopping it.

    #1576788

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you find the forum provides you only what you consider to be nonsense, there is a whole internet out there you can search. It will not return you the correct answers, but it might return you answers you prefer.

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