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How to Counteract Forum Spam

  1. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    I have been seeing a lot of forum spam lately.

    I think it could be *greatly* reduced by only allowing new sign-ups to post under the help section until they've published one hub. After they've published their first hub, then they could post anywhere.

    I think this would deter a lot of the people who sign-up just to post spam links in the forums.

    Just a thought ! smile

    1. Capable Woman profile image63
      Capable Womanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ya, but then maybe they would make even worse spam...imagine bogus hubs with nothing but gibberish that are created only to get the poster to Step 2 (forum posting).

      I dunno...

      I think ignoring them is probably best. If they see no results from their post, maybe they will go away..?

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
        Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Um...people do that already smile

        Best way is to report spam when you see it on the forum.

  2. JamaGenee profile image86
    JamaGeneeposted 8 years ago

    girly_girl, spammers don't join to write hubs, only to post a link to an outside website in as many threads as possible before HP cancels the account. 

    Requiring new sign ups to write one hub (or more) will not reduce or eliminate spamming, which is why it's important that the rest of us hit the Report button as soon as the first duplicate "messages" are posted.

  3. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    Right, since spammers don't join to write hubs, they wouldn't be able to post spam under my proposed method.

    In order to use the forums, a new user would first have to write and publish a hub. Spammers aren't going to take the time to write and publish a hub just so they can post spam on the forum.

    1. lisafwg01 profile image57
      lisafwg01posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What would stop a spammer from posting a 200 word ad as a Hub and then start posting on the forum?

      Not to mention that some people ask questions about writing a Hub before they actually write one.

      Best bet is just report, IMO

  4. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    We have had some hubbers come and ask for advice before publishing a hub. Sometimes they have trouble even getting started.

  5. Kelsey Tallis profile image66
    Kelsey Tallisposted 8 years ago

    I agree that reporting it as soon as you see it is probably the best way to handle it (and don't respond to or quote it). Especially (as darkside pointed out) when some new people want to ask questions before they publish. If they're uncertain about what they are doing and have to publish a hub before they can ask a question, they may just get discouraged, give up, and go elsewhere...

    All forums get spam, and spam levels will always fluctuate.

  6. Eaglekiwi profile image79
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    How to I get rid of a fan , didnt relise til too late that she was a spammer.

    1. JamaGenee profile image86
      JamaGeneeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Use the DENY button next to that fan.  That'll remove them from your fan list.

  7. HealthCare Basics profile image63
    HealthCare Basicsposted 8 years ago

    I agree to reporting spamming when you see it. When I first got up and running I had some major issues navigating around but got good advise through the Q&A and forums sections. Still, I need to dig on more to get my hubs looking attractive.

  8. profile image0
    MangoGirlposted 8 years ago

    When you see a thread with zero replies and a strange title you instantly know it's a spam. I don't think these people mean any harm. They're just naive... maybe.

  9. profile image0
    MangoGirlposted 8 years ago

    Forgot to say, I'd make a different forum section for ads and would not allow links in any other forums.

    1. Ivorwen profile image74
      Ivorwenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Links can be very apropriate, depending on the question.

      1. brad4l profile image77
        brad4lposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I agree. I don't think there is anything wrong with sharing a link, as long as it is not done for advertising or some sort of personal gain.

        I am not so sure that an Ad section is really all that good of an idea either. I don't think it would really add anything to hubpages, other than another avenue for spammers. If you need to place an ad, there is always craigslist, ebay, or AdWords.

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    Janettaposted 8 years ago

    I know waht you're trying to say girly girl. Makes sense, not a bad suggestion. Ofcourse then we might just end up with spammers all over the need help sect. or like lisa said--posting an ad as a hub. I don't know if there is much at all *we* can do against spam other than report it. Maybe HP can conjur up some method for detecting them before they get that far. magic spam wand maybe....  big_smile

  11. Uninvited Writer profile image84
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Please don't feel sorry for spammers...they are scum, nothing less. They are fully aware of what they are doing.

    1. Misha profile image78
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not always smile Just recall some fellow hubbers spamming stumbleupon or MIXX in a fair attempt to "promote" smile

      1. Shadesbreath profile image85
        Shadesbreathposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That's true.  When I first signed up for HP, I read the how-to stuff in the Help screen and saw all the "share it" stuff, and it seemed like I was "supposed" to go to MIXX and other places to "SHARE"  lol.  I realize now that I was doing exactly what I blow people off for now, so, I guess I can cut people slack too.  I mean there's chronic spammers, who should all me smeared with jelly and strapped to an ant hill, and then there's ignorant spammers who will take advice and chill.

        It's pretty easy when you're totally new to all this stuff to be so hopeful and enthusastic and want people to read your work that you don't realize there's a whole back end to how the system works.  Takes awhile to sort through it all, especially when just using the technology is confusing, much less understanding how the larger, social rules work juxtaposed with the advice you get from the "make money online" folks.

  12. Uninvited Writer profile image84
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Yes, but I'm talking about the ones who join up and posts the same post 5 times or more in a minute. If they don't think that is wrong then they are not smart enough to have an Internet account... smile And I'm not talking about Hubbers who post their own hub URLs.

  13. Misha profile image78
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Yeah Shades, exactly my point. Not on Hubpages, but been there too smile

    Susan, don't know about you, but I know myself can be a total dumb ass smile

  14. freelanceworld profile image60
    freelanceworldposted 8 years ago

    No body shd be allowed to post anywhere except One Board (help section)
    before he/she completes some 3 or 5 Hubs (of c course Non promotional)

    This will cut short every shit off rest of forum.