Spam on MacRumors worsening

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by mentaluproar, Oct 31, 2012.

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    mentaluproar

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    Let me start by flatly stating I do not believe the moderators are lazy or incompetent.

    Why has there been an increasing incidence of spam posts on macrumors forums? It can't be getting easier for spammers to infiltrate the forums.
     
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    OllyW

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    Please report the spam posts and we'll deal with them as soon as a moderator is available.

    We can't monitor every single post so we rely on post reports to alert us.
     
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    mentaluproar

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    And you have done that well. I'm not complaining that I ever see it. I'm curious as to why its been ramping up lately. Most of the people on the site are tech savvy enough not to fall for it, and continuously creating accounts would be tedious. It seems like a lot of work for no gain
     
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    maflynn

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    I think for the most part its an automated process and if its not, thy probably outsource and pay pennies for such things.

    As Olly mentioned, report it, the moderators try to be proactive, and monitor the situation but with so many posts occurring each day there some that slip through.
     
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    OllyW

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    It seems to come in waves. A different group of spammers will target us for a few weeks and then lose interest when they realise it's not working. I even doubt the people posting the spam have a clue what they are posting, they are probably just contracted to cut & paste it across a number of targeted sites. :(
     

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