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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:48 am 
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Has anyone ever been tempted to purchase from someone, merely because the posted the same "drive-by" ad under 8 or more topics.

It would seem that one of the biggest mistakes a person could make is to post identical ads all over a forum, demonstrating that they have no clue about marketing and are also ignorant of forum rules and etiquette.

Talk about business bungles!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:11 am 
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Two spammers got by our filters early this morning and put their spam all over the forums. They've been deleted since, including the post to which you are referring.

Give me five unaccounted minutes with these spammers and...

Well, it just wastes time I don't have trying to clean up their messes to make this a great place for others.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:17 am 
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on two other forums where I visit multiple times per day. Other than required registrations and forcing every poster to type those squiggly letters that defeat auto postings, there isn't much you can do to defeat them all.

I did take the time to send a nice email to Stephanie, warning her about the dangers of posting the $6 PayPal scam "as not seen of Oprah".

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:32 am 
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Stephanie has been banned and deleted. She posted her ad more than 10 times on the forums. Just a regular spammer.

Last night, I did, however, find another possible solution to those kinds of posts. The mod requires you to type in the letters/numbers with a captcha if it is your first post. This would get rid of automated posts.

Might just implement this one. What do you think? Drawbacks?

By the way, I have a filter that catches most of the spam. I delete a minimum of 10 spam posts a day in the admin control panel per day. It's a huge waste of time! But, it does help keep the forums clean for users.

One of the biggest problems I've faced is keeping a delicate balance between getting rid of spammers and not offending newbies who are caught up in the automated process.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:25 pm 
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for first time users is reasonable, and shouldn't present a problem.

If all the "newbie" is interested in is multiple posting of their drive-by ad, nothing will be lost if they refuse to go through the process to post the first time.

Those like Stephanie who post 8 to 12 or more times under different headings are clueless about advertising, marketing, and board rules and ethics. What makes you think they'll actually make a worthwhile contribution if you didn't ban them?

If you only have 10 drive-by ads per day on average and 20 on a heavy day, you aren't reaching enough people.

I personally delete 20 to 30 or more per day on one forum, and there are at least 6 other mods plus the forum owner who are checking and cleaning-up the board 24/7.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:49 pm 
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Great post..

As a fellow mod at another forum, I simply delete
posts with marketing messages and do not hesitate
to ban these people without warning if they persist.

In my opinion, they are not the 1st and certainly
won't be the last.

Having a report spam button to alert the mods and
admin will also help as fellow members sick of the
spamming do their part to clean the network.

Forum rules are usually never read. I don't.

But as an avid forummer myself, these rules usually
don't differ in-between forums and just by observing
how other members are behaving, you can somehow
"smell" the rules of the forum.

Also, many members don't stay long enough to
contribute to forums.

After getting their initial messages across and
probably not seeing results they want, they leave
and seek to find gold in another forum.

These will continue as long as they don't learn
the art of value contribution to each forum.

There's so much time in a day anyway and how many
forums can you go to and post valuable info all the
time...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:10 am 
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Kim - ' I can do better'
"I'm going to have to start hitting the ball in [link removed] the fairway," he said. "I think I heard some stat that I was last in driving again, and that's not really a stat you want to be last.


[Moderator comment: Yep... another moron with a script posting spam to THIS topic!]


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:24 am 
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Dennis,

They buy a copy of a script that blasts posts to forums. They never see the mess they create, or topics like this.

They're selfish, mindless morons, basically. Just the kind of low-life abusers you REALLY want to do business with!

(Yeah... right.)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:57 am 
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would forum spam link building hurt the site?

I want to promote the following sites:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:21 pm 
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samina,

Read some of the posts tagged as SEO spam, then read the rules on SEO spamming (which includes backlink-building spam).

Then try it here and see…

1. How long your post appears.

2. How long you remain a forum member!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:28 am 
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Spamming is a bad thing.

Before I learned better, I started to do it on Facebook...

The biggest thing about spam is that nobody actually pays attention.

Unless yo ucan give something of value, you aren't going to get attention - or at least won't keep it!

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