Reporting SPAM - Discussion

 
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Rather than reporting every spam message, if from the same user, just report it once( you can mention there are many posts in other forums).
By reporting every instance we have to then close each instance. We will go through the spammer's account as it is. Help us as well as our time is as valuable as yours too.

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  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

Rather than reporting every spam message, if from the same user, just report it once( you can mention there are many posts in other forums).
By reporting every instance we have to then close each instance.  We will go through the spammer's account as it is. Help us as well as our time is as valuable as yours too.

"dthead"


I thought that's what I did. Reported the first one, selected HIGH that mentions spamming other parts of the forum, and left it at that.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
'twas not you, a few ohers reported up to 8 of them. They haven't done anything wrong - just not needed.

The thread is for everyone to note.  We do appriciate being told, even by many users, but we do not need every post reported  !

Regards,
David Head
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

'twas not you, a few ohers reported up to 8 of them. They haven't done anything wrong - just not needed.

The thread is for everyone to note. We do appriciate being told, even by many users, but we do not need every post reported !

Regards,
David Head
"dthead"


Perhaps I am missing something here. This sounds as though if I see a spam message I have to try and find a similar message in every other forum, looking for one which has been reported (and therefore presumably hidden), before I report the one I have found?  That would take an awfully long time - and take me into forums I have never ever visited...
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
'twas not you, a few ohers reported up to 8 of them. They haven't done anything wrong - just not needed.

The thread is for everyone to note. We do appriciate being told, even by many users, but we do not need every post reported !

Regards,
David Head
"dthead"


Perhaps I am missing something here. This sounds as though if I see a spam message I have to try and find a similar message in every other forum, looking for one which has been reported (and therefore presumably hidden), before I report the one I have found? That would take an awfully long time - and take me into forums I have never ever visited...
"duttonbay"

I think it means "check to see if the same message is in other forums, then tell the moderators" .
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

The easiest way to do this is hit the New Posts link.

http://www.railpage.com.au/f-s-id-newposts.htm
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I reported one, but then found that the spammer had already been banned. I saw the others later.

From memory, the poster in question seemed to have been lurking (going by the join date) for quite some time before getting going.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

Most are not actually real life people - they're mostly bots.

Some forums - think OCAU - make you wait three months say before you can access their buy and sell forums. So the spammers sign up sockpuppets, wait, then fire up the spam bots.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Most are not actually real life people - they're mostly bots.Some forums - think OCAU - make you wait three months say before you can access their buy and sell forums. So the spammers sign up sockpuppets, wait, then fire up the spam bots.
"heisdeadjim"


For this reason, everyone needs to realise that hurling online invective, oaths, threatening the Cyber Police, etc etc. towards these posts will achieve... not a lot.  (Apart from a modicum of stress relief on the posters part.)

As dthead has mentioned, if you see a spammer, report him once, and we shall hunt down and despatch him and his postings with vigour... Twisted Evil
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
I saw about 15 from this mornings spammer but did not send in any reports as I assumed others will notice as well. It was the number count that surprised me.
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
I saw about 15 from this mornings spammer but did not send in any reports as I assumed others will notice as well. It was the number count that surprised me.
"petan"

The story of Everybody, Somebody and Nobody comes into effect here

  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
I saw about 15 from this mornings spammer but did not send in any reports as I assumed others will notice as well. It was the number count that surprised me.
"petan"

The story of Everybody, Somebody and Nobody comes into effect here

"s3_gunzel"


Report spam if it hasn't been reported already.
  Speed Minister for Railways

Possibly, threads that consist of only one post and that post has been "hidden by the rankings system" should have a "hidden" flag against them in the thread index, so that nobody needs to open the thread just to check that it's already reported.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
If this isn't just a random bot, i'd say they've got some cheek, as well:

  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
'twas not you, a few ohers reported up to 8 of them. They haven't done anything wrong - just not needed.

The thread is for everyone to note. We do appriciate being told, even by many users, but we do not need every post reported !

Regards,
David Head
"dthead"


Perhaps I am missing something here. This sounds as though if I see a spam message I have to try and find a similar message in every other forum, looking for one which has been reported (and therefore presumably hidden), before I report the one I have found? That would take an awfully long time - and take me into forums I have never ever visited...
"duttonbay"


John we only need a post reported if one wants to, we do not expect someone to  find spam, just report the one they may see. Some have found the same spam in many locations and reported everyone. That can mean many  entries about the same thing. It's just makes it easier for all.  Sometimes, and in a recent case we have several people rpeorting the same thing - that's cool as each poster is not expected to know the other guy has reported the same guy. It's when soemone will report every instance.

So have fun.
David Head



  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Just a quick Question on what can be considered to be SPAM.
Having only recently joined up as a member of Railpage i dont want to be seen as making waves or problems for the Admin team, BUT is not multiple pages of new forum posts each day that are just cut and paste of obscure overseas media releases not considered as SPAM.

Between me shuting down last night to signing on this afternoon out of 3 pages of new forum posts 2.5 pages have been by one poster alone.
Thanks.

  Aurora8 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
If you're talking about what I think you're talking about then no that is not spam. That is keeping threads and posters updated with what is happening with certain businesses of interest. Just because no posts may be made by other users doesn't automatically mean no one is reading them. Spam is basically unwanted external advertising that is there to sell things. It doesn't provide anything of proper value to this site's members.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
TonyMercury's post are not considered spam.  He is a travel agent by occupation, and from what I understand, he uses the posts as a data base of foreign rail-related news.
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
TonyMercury's post are not considered spam. He is a travel agent by occupation, and from what I understand, he uses the posts as a data base of foreign rail-related news.
"Johnmc"

Johnmc
Yes  i understand about Tony M being a travel agent and posting usefull infomation, i was however commenting on Wanderer who basicly posts nearly the same infomation as Tony M does, Surely we do not need the double up of infomation especialy those of us on Mobile prepaid Plans.
Thanks.

  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Surely we do not need the double up of infomation especialy those of us on Mobile prepaid Plans.
"Black Hoppers"


There is no compulsion to read everything that is posted!
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
BlackHoppers - if you are using a prepaid Mobile device, its perhaps not best in any case to click on the 'view posts since last visit'. The International forums are for the most part text only, but other threads may contain photos, and they will certainly  chew up your usage much faster.

As has been said, not all of us take an interest in everything posted (myself included), so its better to just look at the forums that interest you.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
TonyMercury's post are not considered spam. He is a travel agent by occupation, and from what I understand, he uses the posts as a data base of foreign rail-related news.
"Johnmc"


Some of us in the past have asked for an option to ignore a poster or a thread or forum. In that way we could check the latest posts without all the press releases or similar. Some RP members like the press release type of posts and many just ignore them so they seem to serve a purpose for some RP members. I now just ignore everything from those two main posters here and on other forums.

EDIT; my post used the letters RP and the RP system did not automatically convert that to the usual Railpage etc etc so I have found a way to beat the system  Smile
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

BlackHoppers - if you are using a prepaid Mobile device, its perhaps not best in any case to click on the 'view posts since last visit'. The International forums are for the most part text only, but other threads may contain photos, and they will certainly chew up your usage much faster.As has been said, not all of us take an interest in everything posted (myself included), so its better to just look at the forums that interest you.
"mikesyd"

Clicking on the "view posts since last visit" will only chew up a very small amount of data in the listing of the threads. Not unless you choose to click on a thread will you be hit with any photos.  I use that approach, and just scan down the list, simply clicking on those threads which interest me and ignoring the rest.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia



Rather than reporting every spam message, if from the same user, just report it once( you can mention there are many posts in other forums).
By reporting every instance we have to then close each instance. We will go through the spammer's account as it is. Help us as well as our time is as valuable as yours too.

"dthead"


Reason for new announcement is last night we has several spammers. Not only were most reported, and we cannot help if many individual people report them, but one person then left a thread wanting the post removed, next to every occurance, so we had TWICE the amount of work to go through.  That person is having a few days away form Railpage and can return after next week, automactically.

So heed the advice -  report it once.

  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
Err, dthead, what happens if different people report the same spammer's different posts on different boards?

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