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Spam Threads Answered

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.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Bump - there's more spam about again. Flag it, then leave it alone, chaps.

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r-philp
r-philp

7 years ago

Since there has been a marked increase in the amount of spam, I propose a possible solution:
I'm sure that the instructables users are vigilant of spam posts and flag them accordingly. However, I'm sure that the administrators running instructables have better things to do than immediately review every spam flag.
Might it be possible to crowdsource the identification of spam. Consider a system at the server that would look at the percentage of times that a user accurately flags a post as spam (after review of the post by the admins). If particular user accurately flags a post as spam >95% of the time, that user could be considered a "reasonably trusted" when it comes to identifying spam. If 3 or more "reasonably trusted" users flag a post as spam, it would be immediately pulled, resulting in little or no revenue or clicks for the spammer. The flagged posts would still be reviewed by an admin, and if it is determined *not* to be spam, the post would be reinstated. This would also reduce the level of "trust" for those users who flagged it as spam. One or two bad calls by an instructables users would reduce their trust. If their trust level goes beneath the threshold value, then their spam flags would no longer count toward the immediate blocking of an instructable.

I think this might work. It's self-policing, and requires less immediate human administration. It requires a quorum of spam votes from trusted users to censor a post, so it would be difficult to abuse, and abusers would rapidly lose their ability to automatically censor posts. Best of all it allows spam posts to be blocked quickly by the people who love instructables the most. With any luck it will really frustrate the spammers.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

There is a similar system already in operation, through the Community Team.

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chaoscampbell
chaoscampbell

13 years ago

My question is whats with spam marketing? do they actually get enough sales and hits to warrent the time it takes? Why can't we start some type of world wide Boycott on all companies that use spam? if everyone vowed to 100% boycott these companies when they spam and follow through on not buying anything from any kind of spammer...... isn't it logical that they'd stop?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

They don't count success in the returns per post, but in the number of returns per dollar spent.

This site gets nearly two million "uniques" (new viewers) per month. A spam thread costs nothing but a few minutes' work to set up - if they get one response, ever, they have recouped their expenses many-fold.

The same goes for spam emails - the millions sent out cost only pennies, and there is always somebody ignorant or desperate enough to try and improve their lives with v14gra bought online.

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Metal4God
Metal4God

13 years ago

my dad calls me spam (my name is Sam)

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rachel
rachel

13 years ago

Also know that your friendly administrators are deleting forums that are clearly spam. We don't want you to have to put up with this kind of thing on Instructables!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Thank you, dear heart. (btw, the link to Jessie Phillips' page from the "about" page is broke - it's missing a "/")