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Is it possible to disable a web site link in an answer? Answered

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. 

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Kiteman

4 years ago

As a member of this site, all you need to do is click the "flag" button on any unwanted comment, and select the reason from the menu that appears.

If you think the spam needs immediate removal - say, because it is pornographic or incites a criminal activity - then also email service@instructables.com or contact any of the staff or Community Team (such as myself), that seem to be online at that point.

Do not reply to or comment on spam, as that slows the removal process.

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icengKiteman

Answer 4 years ago

So I have been told this am by the removal crew.

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iceng

4 years ago

I just enjoy Venting on the "Spammer U! " creature :)

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Wired_Mist

4 years ago

you mean on a personal level or a global level?

On your side you can allways but the on a block list in ur anti virus ect.

Becomes a bit more complex on a global scale, I would imagine that they could just use a proxy or just get another ISP. Only two ways I can think of are add then to a national Denial of service list (Russia would have to do that)

Or we could allways play by their rules and use some fake accounts to spam the hell out of them >.>

Viral-Warfare !!

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VygerWired_Mist

Answer 4 years ago

I thought about creating false accounts on their site and then just constantly filling the shopping cart with stuff and just leaving it. But I am worried it would just encourage them more. Hmmm, wonder how many full shopping carts it would take to slow the site down.

I probably didn't word the question right. A better way to say it is -- i was wondering is if it is possible for instructables to ban, restrict, kill, or block, the web site address so that once it is labeled as associated with spam it would be dead as a link on the site. So if anyone putts that address in a comment the link will automatically be non functional. If they could do that it would take the incentive out of promoting that web address.

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Wired_MistVyger

Answer 4 years ago

I suppose they could. would only work until they start using a proxy server, even in another country.

I mean you could technically block and entire ISP or country, but then you loose the Traffic; Again could use proxies to overcome that quite easily. Not to mention giving the Spirit of Free Speech and Open Information a flying middle finger ! lol

I've always been a fan of Education to counter this kind of prob. No reason to block access to innocent parties if you can teach buddy what to look out for :)

Could make an interesting I'ble if anyone reading this has some free time :P

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Wired_MistWired_Mist

Answer 4 years ago

If your talking about "Spammer U! " (as Icing refers to him)

Perhaps a filter for any new accounts that ask a question? (outside of existing FB accounts) could code in that if say 3 or more ppl flag it as spam it's pulled until approved by a Mediator !

If there was a PM Mediator, that could help too :P

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seandogueVyger

Answer 4 years ago

well, that's a bit different. If you have something to search on (a name, some chunk of the address that gets kept even if they move ISPs, etc.) then you can do so with relative ease using js, a quick query, and the disable tag to apply to the link itself, so although it'd display, it wouldn't fire. Table the offending site on a local blacklist so you have a fallback to any "global" efforts.