With the flood of spammers offering streaming or downloads of films and shows, can you add new words to the filters to lock them out ?
Topic by steveastrouk | 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
I just got this jewel of writing today... from: lovegirl when: May 6, 2008. 1:28 PM subject: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com hello dear new friend, how are you today i hope that every thing is ok with you as is my pleassure to contact you after viewing your profile at www.instructables.com, which really interest me in having communication with you if you will have the desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and see what happened in future. i will be very happy if you can write me through my email for easiest communication and to know all about each other,here is my email (firstname.lastname@example.org)i will be waiting to hear from you as i wish you all the best for your day. yours new friend. cinthia. Can we please ban her? Anybody else been spammed by her?
Topic by Lithium Rain | last reply
I don't know if you noticed but lately our spammers seem to have problems with the dictionary. Someone must post an Instructable on how to use the right translator to get something readable in english. To me it often looks like there is a guy somewhere in the Gobi Desert with a bunch of spam messages. For the posting he seems to use a dictionary from his language into french, than from french to russian anf finally over spanish to english. Creating random text that is readable is easier than this, so please guys help the spammers! Anyone with a good idea on how to solve the problem? ;)
Question by Downunder35m
I noticed for a few days now that there is basically no spam showing up anymore. Of course I have no clue if that is coincidence but if not I would like to thank the code monkeys for fixing the spam problem. Yes, there will be new spam attacks but right now I really like the clean look after a reload - no spam is always good :)
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
We end up with this sort of problem periodically: companies who have legitimate content (their stuff is pretty useful) realize that Instructables is a good place to reuse their expensively-produced videos, so assign a summer intern to dump them onto the site en masse. This sucks, because no matter how good the content is, dumping it is spammy. What we generally do is to unpublish them, then Randy lets them out one or a few at a time so there's no annoying pile of similar videos in the recent feed. In the meantime, Lee (our ad sales guy) contacts the company to talk about better ways to do things than a drive-by video dumping. ;) We'd like them to be part of the community: run contests, put up good content, and stay to talk about it. Generally, to be more interactive and helpful. So, hopefully this means that more companies will be sponsoring contests soon - stay tuned! Lee's on it. So, what to do if you see a huge pile of branded video? - Email or PM Randy. If it's a weekend, or you've just seen a ton of them appear at once, flag a couple of them so Randy will notice next time he's online. He'll then unpublish and release the videos at a more measured pace. (Don't go nuts with flagging - Randy sees all, and more flags just makes more for him to clean up.) - You could also comment to encourage them to be better Instructables citizens. "This is spam!" doesn't really help, and makes the company feel totally unwelcome. We want to work with them, but in a way that's good for the Instructables community. Here's an example of a comment that could convince them do do something more interactive: "This is a (good/useful/interesting/informative) video, but dumping a pile of them on the site is feels spammy. Have you thought about running a (make up something fun and relevant) contest on Instructables? That would make me more excited about (your brand). Anyone on the about page can help you do something more fun."
Topic by canida | last reply
When we had an Orangeboard, I used to leave messages on a spammer's Orangbeboard, and then report them so the staff could see. Now I can't do that. On YouTube, under the about page, I can report the user, but now, I can't do that. Example, on the right part of the screen: https://www.youtube.com/user/Matthiaswandel/about Something like this: *clicks* Choose between the following options: Spamming/Unwanted advertising Inappropriate profile picture/comments/etc... ... *clicks* Thank you! The Instructables staff will review this ASAP!
Topic by Yonatan24 | last reply
I'm getting spam from a new account called "PhysicsSupplier". Given the username and given that all of the comments posted using the account so far have been advertising an eBay account, I think it's a pretty fair to assume that it's an account created to post spam, and not to be a constructive member of a DIY community. So far, it's posted the following message twice on my latest instructable: "Instead of using a wine bottle, may I suggest that you consider using SoCal's " Experimenter's Tube " This is a heavy glass product that can be used for pressure and high vacuum experiments and the cost is low for what you are getting. It comes with a 20 page manual for various experiments and with some slight modifications it can be used for this experiment as well as others. You can obtain the tube by going to ebay and click to listing #'s 380137978058 or 230664743887. Thier website is email@example.com Best of luck." I flagged the comments as spam, but I didn't get any sort of confirmation, and the robot has been giving me some trouble lately, so I decided to post here to get an admin's attention. Thanks! Xellers
Topic by Xellers | last reply
I am an Instructables Pro member and I have never posted an instructable. So, I'm always curious when another Instructables members decides to "follow" me. Why are they following me when I never submit anything? I recently received e-mail from Instructables that I am being followed by The California Business Directory. I love Instructables but the possibility that my membership information is being exploited for business purposes or used to send me unsolicited advertising is very disturbing. Please advise. firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic by deadairman | last reply
The link that follows is to an article and discussion on email SPAM. Spam email would not be nearly as beneficial to spammers if they had to send their own email, the reason it is cost effective is that spammers aren't really doing the spamming.Any comment on it ?The truth about email spam
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
"The right to engage in anonymous speech, particularly anonymous political or religious speech, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment," Agee wrote, citing a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case."By prohibiting false routing information in the dissemination of e-mails," the court ruled, Virginia's anti-spam law infringes on that protected right ."ISPs were outraged. "Horrendous," said Jon Praed of the Internet Law Group, which has represented America Online, Verizon and other Internet providers. "The idea that someone can intrude on someone else's mail server, because they might be reciting the Gettysburg Address? I guess a burglar can break into your home as long as they are reciting the Gettysburg Address." Link to the article....
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
This spam crap is ridiculous.
Question by bajablue | last reply
You might have read about great skin scremes that fix all you skin problems. Maybe even of programs that fix your broken Office 1800 files. And if you are really lucky you even noticed PFD converters that convert even your old shoes to PDF documents. But I was wondering what comes next? Do we see the egg laying, woolen pig? A creme that actually makes you younger (and if used too often reduce you to an infant)? I don't know..... As you can see in my profile I am an active spam fighter, so I took a few minutes to write this little joke - I hope you are still reading this crap as a real spammer would love it! If I see spam I falg it and move on, but this time I wanted more, more fun, more replies, more everything. Judging by the websites some spammers use they even post links to freeware and open source projects, which of course makes me wonder what drives those people. Some of the open source spam I actually checked and I doubt the authors know about anyone spamming their links in forums and on sites like ours. Office 2003 file Recovery PST data recovery, PST Repair, Build up muskles fast, Skin care professional, How to look younger These are examples we see every day and all have the same things in common: bad langues skills, no foramtting, plain links and a lot of crap noone would even bother to read, let alone actually click on the links. So why do they do it? What is your favorite spam you found so far? Please no link, just a short summary! What do you think about this form of spam? How might such a spammer look like and how does he do his daily routine? Write something funny, give us your opinion or just make fun of these spammers. And forgive the bad formatting, I could not resist to copy the worst these spammers throw at us. Just noticed the links this way don't actually work in the forum but I leave them this way so it looks like real spam lol
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, myreviewsnow.net, has been spamming pretty consistently over the last few days, on a wide variety of subjects.
Topic by WriterChick
With the recent spate of spam postings, it occurred to me that, "wouldn't it be great to be able to flag the spammers directly, rather than the individual postings"? Less than a minute's thought revealed the obvious abusive disaster that would entail (especially among those of a knexish age and gender). Sigh...
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
It's a minor bug, but I've noticed that there is a mis-match in the comment totals shown on a member's page. The number of comments shown in the left-hand column seems to be a total of all comments posted by the member, anywhere, whereas the comment total in the main body of the page appears to be purely the number of posts made on Instructables. It's most obvious in this screen-shot of a new spammer's page:
Topic by Kiteman | 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
Hey everyone! we had a release this afternoon to get out our new contest page which will make it much easier for everyone to see entries, enter contests and win cool prizes! we also got rid of recaptcha on the signup page and are using some fancy scripting to block spammers. We also released some top secret stuff, which you will find out about shortly If you have problems, please post in the forums, thanks!
Topic by frenzy
I just released a set of small changes, most of which are under the hood helping admins do their job a little easier. The things you may notice are: we removed the gmail address importer as nobody but spammers was using it :( image deletions from your library are fixed search term is retained if you enter one and choose 'Graphical Search' instead of the google search button forum topic preview is now formatted correctly As always, file a bug if you find any problems!
Topic by rachel
Recoverytoolbox is the site this spammer keeps trying to get everyone to click on. It is a Russian company, probably (and I am just guessing) involved with producing malware. I wouldn't buy the time of day from them much less a program. So is it possible to disable the web links that they leave as spam in the answers and questions so they wouldn't work. It might cut down on the annoyance if every piece of spam they put up had the links automatically disabled. In the meantime, DON'T click on their links. It just encourages them to keep spamming us.
Question by Vyger | last reply
Second LawAn unsuitable thread isolated from replies will descend the list into obscurity.This is an "anti-spam" law. We have all seen threads appear that advertise odd things - trainers, dating sites, Chinese plastic-moulding factories - and we all agree they should no be here. It is tempting to reply to the threads to express our chagrin, but that makes the thread bob to the surface again, pushing more useful threads down.Far better to flag the thread and let it slide down the list until it disappears.In addition, this law can also be applied to trolls - if somebody starts a thread specifically to start an argument (as opposed to a discussion), or just to put another user or group of users down, then they are trolling. Those threads should also be allowed to slide.Addendum to the second lawSpam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity.If you cannot resist giving a spammer a piece of your mind, the PM system is very useful - the spammer gets an email alert to your comment, they are aware of your feelings, but the thread is undisturbed.Similarly a troll may be gently reminded of the site's Be Nice policy via a PM. Should the troll decide to respond with vitriol, they are deprived of the audience they crave.Finally, you can help the site financially - using a PM to casually point out the correct route for advertising could, perhaps, result in a new fee-paying advertiser for the site.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Well, my viewcount meter just kicked over 900,000. Not bad for sticking around a couple of years and making cartoons downfall vids poking fun at Kiteman ibles to pass the time. One of these days I'll make it into the millionaires club. Winning contests ain't bad. Racking up a wardrobe of Robot t-shirts ain't bad. Getting featured ain't bad. Racking up a ton of free pro memberships ain't bad. Trolling spammers ain't bad. Yup, not bad at all. Anyone else reaching a milestone or getting close to their goal? (for the interwebs challenged, the topic is a take on the "It's over 9000!" meme, look it up)
Topic by caitlinsdad | last reply
I appear to be tweeting. Unfortunately, I was beaten to plain old "Kiteman" by some Batman geek, so I am tweeting as KitemanX. Don't expect a constant stream of information, though, since I don't own a smartphone. Later... Dang, I've gained some strange followers - sexy Hallowe'en costumes, protein drinks for golfers, storage in Long Island, and what appears to be a conservative Floridian lobbying group (I don't dress sexy, I hate golf, I live in the UK and I'm randomly liberal). Update: I now have a number of cool followers, including some Instructablers, but I've also gained a random dentist and a Thai tourism company (not to mention the large number of NSFW spammers I've had to block...). Who's *your* weirdest follower? Or your coolest?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
You may have noticed another rash of spam over the weekend. It seems "they" found a way around the filters, which the development team have not yet solved. Generally, if you see spam, either in the forums or as actual instructables, the best thing to do is to hit the flag button and move on. If you leave a comment, the systems that quarantine spam get slowed down, and the spam remains visible for longer than we would like. If the spammers go beyond annoying, and actually become offensive, you should still not comment, even on their Orange Board. Instead, contact HQ via email at email@example.com, or PM a member of the Community Team, who can speed things up. Instructables is a special place, and it's you folk, reading this, that help keep it that way.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
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
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
Ok, recently I have been seeing more and more Instructables that make me wonder about the youth of today, so in memory of my favorite comedian George Carlin (if you are under 18 or easily offended don't google him) I present People Instructables could do without: People who think piracy is a good thing to post. People who plagiarise (sp?) other peoples work and pass it up as their own. Pyramid scheme and other spammers. Companies who think that this is free advertising (remember what dremmel did?) People who make I'bles that should be a slideshow or forum topic. People who make I'bles on drugs, stealing, etc. I wont single anyone out by posting examples, and I know I'm no angel myself. Comments?
Topic by okoshima | last reply
We just released a bunch of sweet new features and added more cool stuff to the homepage. - Zeitgeist is originally a German expression that means "the spirit of the age", literally translated as "time (Zeit) spirit (Geist)". It describes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era. Our Zeitgeist sorting orders Instructables, Slideshows, and Videos by the most recent comments, so you can see what people are talking about right now! On the homepage, the Zeitgeist section shows featured Instructables with the most recent comments. Zeitgeist is essentially the way we've been sorting forum topics. - You can sort forum topics by "featured" or by total number of replies. Yes, Random fun is still in the lead.- Featured forum topics appear on the homepage forming our Community Blog. We're using the Community Blog to share stuff we find interesting that isn't necessarily related to Instructables. We'll post about local events, new really interesting research, cool websites, and anything else that we find captivating. If you've got something you'd like to share on the Community Blog, write a forum topic and ask us to feature it.- A captcha is now required to send personal messages. This will stop PM spammers dead in their tracks. Yes, Instructables has grown big enough that spammers are trying to PM large numbers of the community - this right of passage for our website makes me shed tears of joy - or something. - Your sorting options will now follow you around while you explore. On the explore page, if you click "recent" to see the latest items and then, for example, click a keyword, to drill down on a subject, or the Slideshow tab, to see Slideshows, that list will still be sorted by recent.- Clicking Randomizer will give your random results within your browsing category. Discover cool Instructables you've never seen before, or resurface old gems!- Finally, we improved the login process: Click the "login" link in the upper right, and you can log in right there on the same page. I'm having a lot of fun with Zeitgeist; let us know what new features you really like, and please report any bugs you find.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Unless i constrain myself this will sound like one of Gordon Ramsays shows... ;-) Fu blo he. It's fung time to do something about those bloo videos that stu people are carpet bombing Instructables with. ! Please limit the possibility of posting an unlimited amount of instructables/slideshows/videos per 24 hour period. One (1) per 24 hours are quite enough for anyone that are actually doing something good and not just carpet bombing/spamming crappy videos from Metacafe to get some money. As a temporary solution maybe just banning Metacafe-videos would help remove those obnoxious spammers. Or can you also get payed by videos on Youtube/Google? Talking in friendly manner to these guys doesn't really help. It only fixes (possibly) the problem with one guy, but there will just come more and more of them all the time. (The image of Gordon is stolen from telegraph.co.uk - sorry about that...)
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Topic by Lithium Rain | last reply