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 !
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 think ignoring them is probably best. If they see no results from their post, maybe they will go away..?
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.
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.
We have had some hubbers come and ask for advice before publishing a hub. Sometimes they have trouble even getting started.
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.
How to I get rid of a fan , didnt relise til too late that she was a spammer.
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.
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.
Forgot to say, I'd make a different forum section for ads and would not allow links in any other forums.
Links can be very apropriate, depending on the question.
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.
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....
Please don't feel sorry for spammers...they are scum, nothing less. They are fully aware of what they are doing.
Not always Just recall some fellow hubbers spamming stumbleupon or MIXX in a fair attempt to "promote"
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.
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... And I'm not talking about Hubbers who post their own hub URLs.
Yeah Shades, exactly my point. Not on Hubpages, but been there too
Susan, don't know about you, but I know myself can be a total dumb ass
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.
by Richard Bivins 9 years ago
I suggest that HP prevent any registered user from posting a new topic to the forums if they have no hubs. They can comment but not start new threads.Most forums that I use have this restriction in place.
by Carolee Samuda 6 years ago
This might be my last forum post because I am tired. I can't be wasting my time beating a dead horse.HP is a business and they need to start treating their business more seriously. They need a task force to sit and brain storm about how to keep spammers out in the first place.I know that I have...
by Lionrhod 4 years ago
There are a lot of us who haven't been feeling safe on the forums. They've felt stalked, harassed and browbeaten.Sadly, some folks go with the letter of the law, but not the spirit of it in their posts.For an excellent post on why we need Forum Moderators, check out what Makingamark says here...
by Mikeydoes 7 years ago
Last 2 days I've reported 3 obvious spammers. One saying "I'm from China", they post in completely unrelated topics too..What the heck!
by Whitney 8 years ago
There are tons of forums and websites that have within their TOS that you must participate in some area for X-amount of times before allowed to post in the forum. Typically, you have to reply to other threads so many times before you're allowed to start your own.I think this would be a great way to...
by Tony Lawrence 8 years ago
OK, I heard the objections to my idea of no hubs/no forum posts and see the validity.How about a mandatory "Introduce yourself" post that has to survive not being flagged by X number of people in X amount of time and if they pass, they have access to every forum. Otherwise, no...
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