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Spam Answered

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.

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Kiteman

4 years ago

Although it might not look like it, most spam *is* caught by robots.

What gets through is a tiny fraction of what spammers try to post. It's incredibly hard to filter by image, and many legitimate projects include pictures of members in various states of dress. Regarding non-standard characters, there is some sort of glitch that stops the filters working properly on asian and middle-eastern alphabets. It's on the to-do list...

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carlos66baKiteman

Reply 4 years ago

I would suggest a period of ca. 1 week before a new user can post an instructable (or perhaps require some prior participation, e.g., commenting on other people's instructables). And a vigorous policy of suspending repeat spammers.

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Kitemancarlos66ba

Reply 4 years ago

24 hours would do the job, and spammers don't get a chance to repeat - caught once, they have to go to the effort of creating a new account to post any more.

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apburnerKiteman

Reply 4 years ago

Ah. OK. Well I have always loved your site and love the content and like my e-mail, consider it personal when spam gets through. Please keep up the good work however. And maybe (though not probably) the spammers will get tired of their little game. :-)