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Stealth spam

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:29 pm
by acknak
FYI ...

I just banned this user: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/m ... le&u=79587
and moved all five of posts to quarantine. [Oops. I just noticed that one of the posts started a topic with a number of significant replies. Oh well. The topic title still gives the needed context. I thought all the posts were orphans.]

Notice the spam links in the profile (links disabled now).

This sort of pattern--making vague/borderline posts and later adding spam links to the profile--can be hard to catch. I see probes for it regularly (the "me too" type of first post).

My feeling is that the bar should be somewhat higher for a first post: it should have something directly relevant for the forum. Otherwise, I just disapprove the post but not ban the user. If the user is "serious" they can ask about it or try posting again. A disapproved post just means that if they post again it will trigger the moderator review again.

In fact, I remember now that *I* approved the first post "what advantage of OO?". I almost disapproved it--now I wish I had. Well, maybe the replies will help someone else. I hate to see spammers waste other people's time.

Re: stealth spam

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:46 pm
by RoryOF
acknak wrote:This sort of pattern--making vague/borderline posts and later adding spam links to the profile--can be hard to catch. I see probes for it regularly (the "me too" type of first post).

My feeling is that the bar should be somewhat higher for a first post: it should have something directly relevant for the forum. Otherwise, I just disapprove the post but not ban the user. If the user is "serious" they can ask about it or try posting again. A disapproved post just means that if they post again it will trigger the moderator review again.


OK, acknak. I'll adopt the same policy

Rory

Re: stealth spam

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:43 am
by thomasjk
I concur. I generally err on the side of banning the user if he's the least bit suspicious. They can always complain. Acknak's approach will work also.

Re: stealth spam

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:17 am
by floris v
+1