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post #14986 of 14999
The crowdsourcing of moderation is one of the interesting consequences of a Reddit-style upvote/downvote system. They have pretty sophisticated spam blocking (and all kinds of weird algorithms to deal with vote manipulation), but the typical spammer gets effectively eliminated if one person downvotes his thread. Wouldn't really work here, but it's a fun consequence of that system.
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

I'm pretty sure I noticed something weird in all his posts, then pm'd you and you recognized it was spam. That was pre-Huddler iirc. He made about 3,000 posts over two years. Most were "+1" or "Agreed," but he would often post helpful advice to noobs. He popped up again and again, and we'd find him. But he kept at it, using more and more usernames w/ fewer and fewer posts per username, eventually just two posts each. Very persistent.

I remember that, but case I'm thinking about happened post transition. The cto detected it first. Man...
post #14988 of 14999
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

We could. That just means that legit users get frustrated, and existing threads get spammed, as used to happen all the time.
yeah, this one I can vouch for. I'm nowhere near the mod I once was, but Back In My Day, j implemented something like this and it was a nightmare. They didn't post new threads, they spammed up existing threads, and that was so much harder to track down that when it was all at the 'top level' and easily visible.
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yeah, this one I can vouch for. I'm nowhere near the mod I once was, but Back In My Day, j implemented something like this and it was a nightmare. They didn't post new threads, they spammed up existing threads, and that was so much harder to track down that when it was all at the 'top level' and easily visible.

Do you remember the one week when we had hundreds of Russian porn spammers every day? Apparently, we are all older now, and just want to watch sports all day long.
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Links?
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I remember that, but case I'm thinking about happened post transition. The cto detected it first. Man...
Dude, another one? Same technique or a different one?
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Do you remember the one week when we had hundreds of Russian porn spammers every day? Apparently, we are all older now, and just want to watch sports all day long.
Not me!
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If the labor is so cheap can't huddler hire some Bangladeshi dudes for despanination duty?
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Worth noting btw, the system does catch a fair amount of spam that gets immediately hidden. I get multiple emails a day from the system flagging spam posts that people never see, so its not like it does not work at all.
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I wonder how much spam, as a percentage, gets caught by the system and how much spam gets through?

 

 

Given that we're talking about spam, I just noticed this at the bottom of this thread:

 

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Just a little bit ironic - a spam thread right next to the thread in which we're talking about spam...

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There's a lot of spam talk on here, but oddly I rarely ever see spam. Probably appears in areas I don't look in. Something that does drive me batshit insane is how the pages load sometimes. Sometimes I want to click on "subscriptions" but the page jumps all of the way to the bottom when the adds load and I end up clicking on an add 3 times because the page keeps jumping around. I find it very annoying and if any of these establishments are "pay per click" they are paying for clicks that are unwarranted.
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Can we just admit that the SF Robot does a terrible job finding "hot topics" and instead use that time/energy to fighting spam?
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So let me get this straight. To qualify as a "hot topic" a spam post from a week ago, the first activity for a thread in three years, is enough?

And people say SF isn't dead!
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

There's a lot of spam talk on here, but oddly I rarely ever see spam. Probably appears in areas I don't look in. Something that does drive me batshit insane is how the pages load sometimes. Sometimes I want to click on "subscriptions" but the page jumps all of the way to the bottom when the adds load and I end up clicking on an add 3 times because the page keeps jumping around. I find it very annoying and if any of these establishments are "pay per click" they are paying for clicks that are unwarranted.

If you only visit subscriptions/threads you have posted in via your user page, you will likely never see spam. Most of it seems to be in GC. Considering its mostly sports spam, Im surprised they dont post it in Entertainment & Culture.

I get that same loading issue after every PM I send. It starts to load and then jumps to the bottom of the page.
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
 

I wonder how much spam, as a percentage, gets caught by the system and how much spam gets through?

 

 

Given that we're talking about spam, I just noticed this at the bottom of this thread:

 

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Just a little bit ironic - a spam thread right next to the thread in which we're talking about spam...

About 70% of the spam is caught by the filters.  I believe that there was one filter that was tested that got about 80% of the spam, but it also registered a lot of false positives.  And members hate that, with good reason.

 

Incidentally, we do have regional restrictions on, but spammers get around that by either IP spoofing, or by registering via Facebook.  When we banned Bangladesh, it took a couple of days, but the spammers clearly figured it out.  These days, most of the spoofed IPs are the US, whichis a whitelisted area, (clearly).  

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

If the labor is so cheap can't huddler hire some Bangladeshi dudes for despanination duty?

Because the way the backend is set up.  We can't give out privileges piecemeal.  Those members would get full mod powers.

 

Unfortunately, and not so long ago, for the first time ever, we had to do-mod a moderator because he was abusing his privileges to play pranks, and when called on it, he refused to promise to stop.  Our moderator team is small because we give our mods a great deal of latitude, and have no codified set of rules.  Which means that we have to be able to trust the mods to make good judgement calls and to be willing to use the mod privileges only as requested.  Mods start off on spammination duty, then progress to other things, like conflict mediation.  However, all the while, they have a full mod panel, and they must voluntarily refrain from using it.  This means that we do not give out mod powers very often, or very regularly.  

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