I've been finding comments on my articles, advertisements /testimonials for someone named Dr. Death who places curses on people. The odd thing is, I am not notified of the comments and have no idea they are on the article until I receive another comment from someone else. Has anyone else seen this and is there a way to stop them, or at least a way to receive notification so I can delete them. As it is, they sit there for weeks before I find them if no one comments for awhile.
I received comments from people who want to try to put spells on people, to get someone to fall in love with them, or other reasons. I sort of expect it because I write about astrology and metaphysical topics. I suggest doing what Glenn said. Some of these are really long, and they are all scam artists anyway.
No doubt they contain links or email addresses in the message body. I get them all the time, but they are usually caught in the HP spam filter.
Take Glen's advice
You need to set you comment settings to require you to approve them before they appear in your hubs. Then you will be notified whenever someone leaves a comment.
Click “Show Settings” on your comment moderation page and make sure you have selected “Yes” for “Comments must be approved before they appear”
Glenn, my settings are in place. That's why I posted on the forums--I don't understand how this spammer is getting past my settings and I can only find the comments when I am notified that someone else has left a comment. Make sense?
I appreciate the response, but the first thing I checked was my settings. Then I realized that I wouldn't have seen the comments if my settings were off. I see them only when I am notified that someone else has left a comment.
No, that doesn't make sense. If you go to your comment moderation page once a day you would see them. No need to wait for a notification. But I still think you are confusing different settings, because they work very well. Are you definitely looking at your comment moderation settings?
And now, both articles that had the Dr. Death curse ads on them (they disappear when I delete them so I can't post them here) now have symbols showing they were most likely copied.
Just use the report button and if he is doing anything untoward, as Teri says, I'm sure it will be fixed. Hello to Dr. Death if you are reading this! I actually think the odd thing is that he is placing curses on people and has testimonials, rather than that he can supposedly get around a spam filter, but hey ho, there ya go!
It's pretty obvious the same person wrote all the testimonials. I think I've found four so far. Now I'm more concerned that someone has stolen my top articles! I tried to do a search online to see if I could find the theft, but all it says on Hub Pages is that someone most likely copied the articles.
If your articles have the little red c, I'm not sure how else HP notifies of copied content then you can find the links pretty easily. If you are on your articles page go to the copied articles "tab" at the top and the links to any and all websites that contain your articles will be listed there.
HP also gives you the name of the site your copied work is on, there's a link called Copied Articles on your account page. But some of the sites are hard to find, you need to find out who hosts the site.
Then you need to send them a form called a DMCA, basically telling them they are guilty of plagiarism and have to take the work they stole down. I believe HP has the template of the letter you can send along with the copied articles. I went after about 30 of them the other night, I was furious! If you look in the bottom left corner of your hubs, HP notes the date you publish each piece, so that's your proof.
Thank you! This is actually more information than we used to get. When I started writing online we had to keep track of all of our articles and sometimes spent months trying to get help. I appreciate your advice.
I can't get the link to the DMCA to work. HOWEVER, I did discover that almost all of the content on this man's blog belongs to Hub writers! He has a blog about vintage films and stars and they are all stolen. The authors are listed along with photos and links back to Hub Pages, but the articles are copied in their entirety. http://nikos13galanis.typepad.com/blog/ … cenes.html
Forget about help desk and settings, you need to call in a priest!
(But seriously, I suspect Glenn's right about the moderation settings)
Thanks for all the tips--I've never had this happen on Hub before and I appreciate the advice.
You should edit your last post to break the live link to the scammers site. (A live link gives him a free backlink to a reputable site - HubPages - and rewards him for copying.)
Okay, this will be simple to resolve. The blog is a Typepad site.
http://help.typepad.com/copyright_infri … _info.html
Copy the suggested email as given to you by HubPages when you click on 'File a DMCA'
Send it here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do the same with all the other articles.
For other sites and for future reference:
Go to this site whois.com
Paste in the URL of the infringing site.
Look for the webhost. Hopefully it will be something like GoDaddy.
Copy the body of the text that HubPages provides when you click on File a DMCA.
Send it to the webhost via an email.
Go to the webhost's site and find the Report Abuse page. Fill in the details. Or look for an email address, like the Typepad example.
It takes a little work but it's not difficult. Once you've done one, you can do the rest. You will usually have to do a DMCA for each infringing article.
When I first tried the links they were not working, but I kept checking every day and continued to notify the company that hosted the blog via their Facebook page administrator. I just received a notice that the entire blog was removed from Typepad.
Thank you to everyone who responded! You were very kind and helpful and I appreciate your respectful responses!
--Darla Sue Dollman
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