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Caught By The Bots Again Answered

This is my third time being caught by that darn filter with a question for no reason!  Please do something about this because every time I have to report a bug to set it free.  My most recent question is in relation to making cement.  This is honestly getting to be quite a hassle especially considering you won't tell me why the bot caught it.  Has the integrity of this site really gone so bad that a computer has to harshly scrutinize everything that is posted?

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mikeasaurus

5 years ago

We clear the filters multiple times a day. We'll start a dialogue with you in the comments of your project if there's anything that needs addressing.

We observe regular business hours, US holidays and weekends, and are on Pacific Standard Time. We have some staff that work outside these hours to keep things going, you'll never have to wait long before false-positives caught in the filters are released.

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kelseymh

5 years ago

To answer your last question, the answer is, most unfortunately, "yes."

The filters are extremely efficient, with a low number of false positives (as indicated by the "recent I'bles" and "recent topics" lists). Kiteman and I, and Caitlinsdad, can attest that on any random day, roughly a dozen forum postings or I'bles escape the filters and have to be flagged by hand. These are the "false negatives" which the filters don't catch.

The fact that your postings are, apparently, being caught more frequently, is interesting. I don't know if it relates to the words you choose for your topics, or that you include "too many links" in a short posting, or something else.

The details of what the filter catches are deliberately not public. If they were, then the spammers could (as you can see) tailer their postings to avoid the specific items which the filters catch.

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jj.inckelseymh

Reply 5 years ago

I see, that is quite disappointing to hear however I still love instructibles. I can guarantee that it isn't too many links in a short post, the post is very long and has no links, maybe i just write to much. Oh well thanks to whoever unstuck it