So I am not sure why we have to flag each post that is OBVIOUSLY a spam. A picture of a woman in a TIGHT pair of what can only barely be called pants or a Korean soccer team. And non English characters in the title would seem to be the only things needed to look for to get a spam flag. A spider could be written that would automatically kill any and all posts like that. Or put them in a flag folder that could be reviewed by a member of the staff. I have been a paying member of instructables for many years now and this spam thing could be the thing that makes be not come back. I do how you folks get a handle on it before it ruins the site.

Topic by apburner   |  last reply


I wonder why Instructables is not using some basic spam filters to prevent these idiotic bots from posting? At least a simple language check to lock out the worst ones would be great. If during writing and posting the system notices most of the text is not in english than it will be filtered so a mod can check it. Can't be too hard, can it? Don't know about others but I don't really like those spammers and prefer to have them running at locked doors.

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


I'm sort of embarrassed to post this, but I subscribe to the "Explore" channel in my reader, so I get most of what's newly posted on the site. With the holidays approaching, every morning I probably flag five new entries as "Spam." I don't "check my work," that is, go back to see if the 'ible flagged has been pulled. Is there any other way to know if my judgement is accurate? Will staff offer correction if I am doing to much of this? I'd rather not get kicked off the site; there's too much of interest going on here. I'll admit to flat-out loathing, despising, and detesting spammers. With that warning, this user,, has been spamming pretty consistently over the last few days, on a wide variety of subjects.

Topic by WriterChick 


 Damn site, can't get rid of it. It's sending continuously emails. I even changed email in settings but it keeps sending messages. No "Delete account" button not updating settings...what can I do to get off of it? I do not need all these messages any more in my mail.

Topic by REBORN-A   |  last reply


SPAM... NO! not ham in a can......Its that stuff that fills your inbox and drives you crazy.....So somebody screw that, I will tell you who he is..... His name is FON LAMB (well thats his spaming name) I have researched this character and several people have been scammed by him. Anyways is trying to tell me there going to give me half of 15 MILLION..... Dose it sound to good to be true ?? Yeah it is. Google the words "FON LAMB" and the first result you get is from a place called ANTI-SPAM INTERNATIONAL....... anyways this guy keeps filling my inbox with this CRAP and its driving me crazy. Hes even trying to hide under a faith. Changing my e-mail is not an option.....WHAT WOULD YOU DO ???should I post his email address so we can all go and sell it ?? or is that just too mean ???

Topic by littlechef37   |  last reply

More Spam

Here is the link to a spam post and a spam user account. me what you think. Is it spam? Or is it legit?

Topic by dla888   |  last reply

newpower99 == spam?

newpower99 has a pretty interesting Instructable that he appears to want us all to know about. But I don't. Suggestions?

Topic by Kryptonite   |  last reply

Subtle SPAM?

I have found a member of Instructables that makes positive comments on many different projects but the link at the bottom of the person's comment takes us to different businesses. I suspect that it is a form of SPAM. Would someone please investigate?

Topic by blkhawk   |  last reply

post spam

I have 494 comments on April 10, 2010 EST spam here to be my 500th commenter

Topic by cj81499   |  last reply

Fight the spam

Ok the spam in the Q&A section is out of hand. Almost to the point of being a denial of service attack. So much so there is no way to keep up with trying to report it. Be nice if we could report a user directly. Alternatly it would be nice to see restrictions implemented for new users. Such that they can only post a limited number of threads per day.

Topic by mpilchfamily   |  last reply

Spamming profile

There is, what it seems like a spamming profile, leaving the same message in every forum topic.

Topic by blkhawk   |  last reply


I have a problem with spam i have been recieving. i have been getting mail from somebody who has managed to give it MY address, and it has no actual unsubscribe link. this is illegal in many ways and is an irritation to me and probably any other person who has this problem. please advise on how i should try to fix this problem.

Question by mettaurlover   |  last reply

Spam Threads

There are a load of spam threads starting, especially for websites selling sporting stuff. Please do not reply to them, just flag them for review then let them fade away down the list of threads. If you want to make a comment, PM the "member" who started the thread.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Does Instructables know whether COMCAST.NET has blacklisted Instructables emails as spam? I have stopped getting any communications from Instructables. COMCAST reps can't find out who is on the blacklist, but they tell me to have Instructables ask COMCAST to be taken off the blacklist. (Comcast must have once blacklisted Kafka and he tried to get off the list.)

Topic by mcarpeneto   |  last reply

Would it be spam if...? Answered

Ok, I'm writing an ible on something I intend to sell at some point and I'm certain that that would be considered spamming, but there is a lot more to it. It's on the adventure through the whole process of taking your idea from your head and onto a production line and having it be 'open' and then attempt to sell it at the end of the ible and/or pepper hints throughout it. I'm pretty sure the way I'm doing the ible isn't spammy at all, but I just want to make sure.

Question by The Ideanator   |  last reply

spam followers

Hi everyone, just thought I would ask if anyone else has had a rash of followers lately, all with the same profile, that  looks something like this. About:Hello myself Dennis from UK and m 23 years. Me and my father lives in UK and works in UK's famous company j4packaging. We are sale many products such as fragile label,mouth mask so on. If someone need to these product contact on my page. Location:Birmingham, England, UK Joined:Dec 13, 2015 Sometimes some of the details are different, and Ive had 12 of them over that few weeks. More of an annoyance than anything but just letting everyone know in case you want to do something about it. I will email the support guys too. if you look at the last 12 on my profile its the photo shopped guys that are the spammers (these have all been deleted since I first wrote the post)

Topic by liquidhandwash   |  last reply

Spam on the forums

All that user lessobile4sell has done is post spam on the forums.

Topic by dogsrcool2me   |  last reply

the forum for spam

Ok, i spam too much on ibles and so do a few others. so i created THIS! this topic is supposed to receive all the spam that you feel like posting on ibles. Only 4 rules exist on this topic 1. every comment here MUST be spam 2. nothing offensive here 3. do not flag any comment here unless it is offensive 4. NO spam anywhere outside of this topic so, SPAM AWAY! to start off, i am going to put a few spam pictures here

Topic by DJ Radio   |  last reply

Parental Spam

#2 son, Conker-X, has entered the Shopbot Challenge. I doubt it's a top-prize winner, but he'd at least like a couple of comments from people he isn't related to ... Link to Origami Yoda. (Of course, a vote or three wouldn't go amiss, either.)

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


WE DONT WANT TO HEAR IT. i noticed alot especialy in the knex gun instructables if people ask if they should post a certian gun that they built. we dont want to hear it. just post it and it will be either a + or a -. also are there admins/moderators? i think there should be some due to people stealing other peoples ideas. oh well just an idea for the creators to think of. but weigh in on both subjects if you want. if you just want to flame me for creating this go ahead. but i think that its a matter that gets annoying.

Topic by J_SCAP   |  last reply

If its yours, is it spam?

If you "spam" your own work, is it still spam?

Topic by The Ideanator   |  last reply

Possible spamming accounts

I found these two accounts very similar: Member1 and Member2. And both are advertising Viagra and selling drugs.

Topic by blkhawk   |  last reply

Serious SPAM issue

You've got a serious spammer or bot problem going on right now. There's a rediculous amount of posts featuring scantily clad asian women since last night.

Topic by Veluthurk   |  last reply

"How to convert" spam

There's been a huge increase in spam in the past few days....mostly by dalacjack but some by others with permutations of the's all "how to convert" such and such....and they've all got links in the post that actually point to various mortgage sites etc....i've flagged them all...but i think the guy's account needs to be revoked

Topic by crapflinger   |  last reply

Recent spate of SPAM

. See for more info.

Topic by NachoMahma   |  last reply

Ending SPAM on instructables

It is becoming unbearable and making instructables NSFW.  Every day there are dozens of scantly dressed asian women shown with some cryptic text below.  These are clearly not instructables, and it becomes embarrassing to open the site when others are around. Suggestions:  1) Ban users that post two or more SPAM. 2) Do not allow postings from users that are less than 1 week old (e.g., today there are 6 new SPAMS from a user that joined today). I love instructables, but it has become too annoying to use anymore.  Some measures must be taken.

Topic by carlos66ba 

julietcool is spamming for "contacts"

I have reported the two PM's I got, and blocked the person.  Has anyone else gotten pm's from julietcool?    

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply

Unable to flag Spam

Under new system We seem to be unable to flag spam

Topic by rickharris   |  last reply

Massive Spam Attack

I'm sure you've probably noticed or been informed but in case it slipped by there was a MASSIVE (~1000 posts) spam attack on the Answers forum. There's no way every post is going to get flagged so consider this a batch flagging. Are there any security concerns related to this? There's always been spam on that forum but this doesn't seem like it could have been accomplished manually.

Topic by bwrussell   |  last reply

Comment spam abuse

Can someone please do something about this guy: is spamming other instructables to try and get people to look at his.

Topic by NK5   |  last reply

When is spam not spam?

This morning when I opened Instructables to the Workshop page I found that out of the 30 'ibles displayed in "Recent" no less than FIFTEEN of them were from Popular Mechanics; now popular mechanics is a really good magazine in fact I used to buy it regularly but no matter how good it may be it isn't a person it's a business & everyone of the "'ibles" contains links to it's web site. While all the articles which have been taken from the pages of the magazine & published as 'ibles are well written & informative they are also a blatant advert for both the site & the magazine & as such in my eyes at least are spam, I know that there have been a few 'ibles published by Pop Mech in the past but I really feel that fifteen or more all at once is extracting the urine just a bit when it comes to copping for a bit of free advertising. Any constructive comments folks?

Topic by Nostalgic Guy   |  last reply

Spamers and spam instructables

Today i have noticed we have had an influx of spam instructables/advertisments etc.. Are the filters not picking them up on registration? Since reporting every single instructable can be tedious and long winded, would it be possible to have a 'report ' button on someones profile... Take for example one of the more recent prolific spam annoyances: he has multiple posts so a 'report' button would come in very handy. I try and report ibles as i catch them... this may make it easier for serial offenders such as the above example Cheerio Biggsy

Topic by Biggsy   |  last reply

Happy Birthday, Spam!

It's quite appropriate, given the recent spate of spam threads, to find out that this weekend is the thirtieth anniversary of the first spam email:The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker.The message was sent via Arpanet - the internet's forerunner - and won its sender much criticism from recipients..........The sender of the first junk e-mail message was Gary Thuerk and it was sent to advertise new additions to DEC's family of System-20 minicomputers.It invited the recipients, all of whom were on Arpanet and lived on the west coast of the US, to go to one of two presentations showing off the capabilities of the System-20.Reaction to the message was swift, with complaints reportedly coming from the US Defense Communications Agency, which oversaw Arpanet, and took Mr Thuerk's boss to task about it. So, how do you plan to celebrate?BBC storyAnother article, including the actual message

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Spam/sponsored content

Where does the line between spam and sponsored content go? I'm specifically thinking about instructables like these: They are fairly informative, but also contain advertisement for a company. Where does the line go? I see a lot of these ibles.

Topic by jurgemaister   |  last reply

Spam-only users

I don't know if this is the right area, feel free to move this message if it isn't (if you can do that).Is there some way we can notify users as spam, the way we can with Insturctables and comments? There has been a rash of new users, mostly allegedly 25 years old, posting spam instructables about a couple of DVD ripping/converting programs (Cucusoft and Daniusoft, IIRC). The instructables are written like genuine ones, so at a glance aren't obviously spam, but there have sometimes been duplicate postings of identical 'tibles by the same persontheir comments are pretty much more of the samethe screenshots of the products appear to have been made for other purposes, they haven't used the 'ibles image hint box thingsKarel Jansens has commented on many of them and has also flagged them, but it seems like a bit of a chore commenting all their Instructables and comments when the users are transparently only there for the purpose of spamming.Just from a quick search for "DVD converter": danke, chickchest, seinfelder, Adam Smith, D Eric, floxir and skyocean appear to all be spamming a couple of video format;dr- can we report users for the banhammer? Does it count as spam if they post a well-written set of instructions for how to use software that happens to not be free? EDITIt's getting worse, it appears- the spam users are commenting on each other's Instructables to make them look legitimate. Observe this fine specimen:More blah about DVD convertersAll three people who have commented on it (at time of writing) are spam-only members who appear to only exist to talk about this software. The names Daniusoft and afterdawn predictably come up again. Blueberry, tracyjump and CrayDeng can be added to the list above.I'm officially petitioning the site admins to ban all of these users (and preferably their IPs) and remove their Instructables.

Topic by PKM   |  last reply

Instructable SPAM combat

I looked around a bit in the forums and didn't see anything on this topic, but I may not have looked far enough... I keep tabs on by watching my RSS feed, and I'm frequently annoyed by seeing blatant SPAM coming up in the feed.  Usually SPAM instructables have a photo/video with hyperlinks to an external site, and they're the very first published instructable under an account that was created only hours (or minutes) earlier. Is there a way that new accounts would be put on probation, requiring that their first instructable pass the sniff-test before being published in the RSS feed or elsewhere?  Perhaps long-established or trusted members with good karma / reputation (yes, borrowing concepts from other sites here) would have the privilege of giving a thumbs-up to non-spam instructables? Now, I'm not suggesting that this be a complex moderation system or that the instructable even be halfway decent -- just that it's not blatant spam.  If a first-time publisher posts spam, they get a thumbs-down with a boilerplate explanation of why their post isn't in the RSS feed.  They continue to be on probation until they post their first non-spam Instructable. Now, of course I realize that logged-in members to Instructables have the ability to hit the "SPAM" flag on an instructable, but in my opinion the damage has already been done.  At the very least, these users can be directed to the Marketplace forums.   I look forward to your constructive criticism. :)

Topic by Kozz   |  last reply

BestBuyTipsAndTricks spamming videos

The account BestBuyTipsAndTricks just spammed the entire "Recent" page with a slew of pointless 30-second videos ("press the G key on your phone"), all with a nice large BestBuy logo as the image. UPDATE 4:40 PDT:  And they're gone :-)

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply

Spamming Filters plugged.

Seems the spamming filters have been turned up pretty high and more that usual is getting caught causing that DELAY in posting weather it be an ible of post ect. Filtering spam is good of course but geez, i made a comment in the forums of a current bug problem and guess what my comment is not there . I can only say it is because of the filters. Maybe my comment will appear after the relevance of the topic is over. There needs to be a filter list added that puts the known non spammers into. The people that are submitting ibles and or comments that are not spam. You go ahead and make this secret like it is now so people won't complain about who's on it or not. The people that are your supporters should be in the Good Filter, let there ibles and comments submit without delay. So i am in favor of a GOOD FILTER list. I hope my forum topic gets published in time so as to still be relevant.   

Topic by WWC   |  last reply


I received an email from 'INSTRUCTABLES ROBOT' saying i had "1 new comment". I'm sure this is Bogus email. Did 'INSTRUCTABLES'(real site) send it to me, or is it really 'BOGUS'? Just askin'-and /or warning everyone of it. has anyone else received such a 'THANG' as this?

Topic by MEMJIM   |  last reply

Spammy Batch File

Here is the code for a spammy batch file. @echo off echo This batch file is made possible by the divine blessing of Monty Python! pause>nul echo Spam Spam Spam Spam echo Spam Spam! A: echo Lovely Spam! echo Beautiful Span! echo Lovely Spam! echo Beautiful Spam! goto a

Topic by dla888   |  last reply

Spam Don;t Click

Https:// This is Spam after click given link my pc get infected please remove that group

Topic by pea83liquor   |  last reply

Spam is getting too much

I usually flag the upcoming spam as I find it but for the last few days the numbers of foreign spam is increasing on a daily base. You can't really tell which onces you already flagged and I can't be bothered with them anymore. There was talk about filters in regards to asian languages, seems someone forgot to install them....

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply

need a delete button for spam

I have two spam comments from this user: i've flagged both but nothing has been done. i think authors should have the ability to flag comments and delete them on their own pages.

Topic by kylemcdonald   |  last reply

How do you report spam?

I've noticed at least one user posting bogus Instructables such as recently.  (I'm pretty sure I know how to contact a U-Haul rental store.)  What's the process for reporting similarly objectionable unsolicited commercial content?

Topic by pbruns   |  last reply

Spam is becoming annoying... please do something about it.

Spam is becoming annoying... please do something about it.  I would suggest that when someone's post is marked (and verified) as being SPAM, that you send a warning.  On the 2nd spamming event the account should be disabled.  At present about 10% of posts are spam, this will become worse unless you crack down on it.  Thank you.

Topic by carlos66ba   |  last reply

Anyone else get spammed this morning?

I had to wake up to this flattering and grammatically incorrect message this morning from "loversday": "How are you doing over dear i hope you are having nice time over dear, Well my name is Shulamighty Sane Thieck am 24yrs old, Am nice looking, pretty, sexy and social,Am in search of somone who understands Love as trust and faith rather seeing it as a way of fun but a matured person with good scence of humor. well i came across your profile at the Site then after reading your profile i derive interest on you, i believe i can rull my world together with you,please also have in mind that the distance dont matter what matter's is love beleive me,please awaiting to hear from you so i can send my pic to you for further introductions, kisses with love Shula Sane." Sigh... when will the spam end?

Topic by T3h_Muffinator   |  last reply

How do I report a user that is posting spam \ inappropriate instructables that are not instrutables?

This user: is posting inappropriate content. They show up in my RSS feed and I do find them quite distracting and offensive. How do I get this user banned?

Question by Andrev2   |  last reply

hello kangkang

Hello! what are you doing now

Topic by longnickficar1985   |  last reply


Some higher members here might have noticed that I flag quite a bit of spam on a daily base. By doing so I noticed that almost all of them register and start spamming. Isn't it possible to block the first posting of a new user until someone actually checked it? In other forums this is standard procedure and ensures that basically everything the filters miss won't clutter the forum. It might be a slight delay for those genuine new users seeking help but IMHO it is well worth it....

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply

How do I get rid of advertising people post as comments to my instructable?

I have an instructable about domes, someone's comment is basicly just a link to advertising about something unrelated. I don't see a delete option to remove the comment.  (Did I miss it?) How do I remove/report spam comments to my item?

Topic by nahaj   |  last reply