I knnow it happens all the time here on HP, but is there any way to stop this from happening? Curious! A thought.....could we follow their link and report them there? Or is this just something that HP and the rest of us have to deal with/ignore?
The best thing to do is use the report button to flag the post, and then NOT actually post anything in the thread. Otherwise the spam header and replies will remain on the forums.
I know that the CDkey spammer is a bad one, and admin is on this person as I got a reply from the team in response to some accounts I flagged. HubPages has banned them, but they keep creating new sign-ups, and I suspect they are able to change the IP address on their end, as HubPages can block those too, but not if they keep using new ones.
Hubpages should take some immediate action like allowing accounts to be created based on Mobile Number Verification. Only accounts that are verified should be allowed to make forum posts or create new hubs.
Email verification is the oldest method and it has many loop holes , so that people can easily create new email ids and use them to create false accounts here at hubpages. This is now necessary for creating Gmail accounts for some locations.
I think they should take up a team of some volunteer hubbers that would go through and approve hubs after they are submitted. If it isn't approved, they could review them themselves to make sure that there was an appropriate reason for it to not be approved.
Heck, I've got no life but my kids and I'm on the computer all day. I'd be willing to help approve them and I would do it as a volunteer. If they get enough volunteers, it could just be a few minutes to approve the new hub.
If we report and then ignore the spammers and let the HP team do their job, I'm not sure that there is any damage done. I can hardly imagine a spammer getting hub and hubber scores high enough to get any DoFollow links from HP. It's annoying, but outside of that, I just flag and ignore.
I know you did, but that requires setting up a whole new system - either the volunteers have to have access to HP's internal workings, or the Hubs have to be emailed to volunteers. It all creates extra programming or extra work.
Why go through that, when we already have the facility, as volunteers, to check Hubs at any time any day. Of course, that means spam Hubs will exist for a few hours - but that's really immaterial.
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