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Lyudmila
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A non-stitchy question

Postby Lyudmila » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:41 pm

;;}( Most likely my question is to the Admin and moderators. Why do people get registered on cross stitch forums only to bring a link to some stupid ads or sites having nothing to do with stitching? Do they count on cross stitchers' leaving their projects and rushing to look at those "tails" they carry about from site to site? Or are they paid for flooding cross stitch forums with their rubbish of ads? :)] Thank you.
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Re: A non-stitchy question

Postby Dragonlair » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:03 pm

They're just spammers. They don't know, nor do they care, what kind of site they're posting on. In many cases, it's not even a person - it's a computer program that registers and posts.

In most cases, I think, they get paid by the post. It's just a game to some jerks -- how many junk posts can I make before I get tagged!

Screening new users (sometimes with software and always manually) can block many of these but there is no way to block all of them. They're too clever and look too much like legitimate users.

All anybody can do is to just grin and bear it and remove them as fast as you find them.

I'm speaking from 13 years experience as staff and more than 12 of that time as an admin. The EMS board had an add-on to the software that blocked many of the spammers. It wasn't perfect and it was outdated (we just prayed it would keep working as well as it did) but it often blocked 800 or MORE spammers per day. Imagine weeding them out manually!
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Re: A non-stitchy question

Postby Beaj » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:43 am

We don't have the enormous traffic Diane is talking about but we now check manually at this time and the numbers are up and down so we manage. Before we started this I being a night owl stayed up from 12:10 am to 8am deleting over 160 spammers and was not a fun all nighter . Thankfully there were no obscene posts and louison helped out in the morning when I crashed for a couple hours..I understand they get paid but I can do without and something else drives me to distraction is all the advertising on everything...even my TV. Satellite provider advertises in the middle of a program and then kindly posts EXIT to remove..:(
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Re: A non-stitchy question

Postby Dragonlair » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:21 am

Bea,

You're right. You're building slowly. EMS had 13 years and even then was declining at the end. It was a few years before we closed down that I noted the 800 + spammers/day. The log for the check for spammers was something I couldn't clear myself (we never did figure out why) and Ellen would clear it monthly. It was usually around 25000 records each month but that did include the legitimate users.

I remember when EMS used to allow you to post in a few forums even if you weren't registered. We finally had to stop that when a series of poker posts came in one Saturday. I kept trying to figure out how to stop them but they wouldn't stop! I'd block them for a while and when I released them, dozens of posts would flow in! After that -- you had to register to post ANYWHERE.

Each site has it's own way to manage the jerks and there really is no wrong way. You just have to remember that no matter what you do, some will come through! Even the PCStitch forum get's hit and they're much less active than we are here. I had a jerk show up with about 8 spam posts a week ago and I had to clear them out and delete the jerk (no banning mechanism there).
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Re: A non-stitchy question

Postby Lyudmila » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:38 am

Thank you both for your kind explanations. It all would be interesting if it were not so irritating. I can imagine how sick and tired spammers make you, the staff! But here they (touch wood) so far have not had a chance.

There is a remainer of the late craftbubble.com- cross-stitching.com- spammers attack them very often. I wonder why police does not get interested if the spammers advertize fake documents? Or is it just a fake of an ad?

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