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Discussion in 'Feedback/Support/Suggestions' started by Stephen, Jul 4, 2012.
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Why isn't there a global moderator enabled to delete this joker already?
In the past few days I bet there's been easily more than 30 threads created.
As well as being a scam, it's irritating to see those threads hijack "the new" threads area of the website.
Some Guide did delete the content of at least one post, but wasn't able to kill the thread.
The person seems to sign up under different MP accounts in that the latest batch was from a different username.
Seems to be a problem the last few days. I stopped reporting them, after the first day.
Someone should report them to the FBI.
Great idea. Will you do it?
If you bring up the scammer's profile and click on ignore, all their posts disappear for you. Not the perfect solution, of course, but at one point the number of scam posts was overwhelming all other new posts.
Perhaps we need some Guides (or Guides with access to delete threads) outside of the US timezone? Asia Pac and Europe possibly?
However, I think most of us do not want to see moderators on MP.
Moderators? Not really. No need here.
Admins who can ban accounts for spam? Yes.
Guides were actually jumping on this 12 hours before your original post, but the spammer was a new and agressive type, moving fast and creating new threads as fast as we deleted content. Guides have very limited powers; moderation/admin is all in house at the HOM, and the spammer started this early on a holiday morning, so it took a few hours until it was all cleared up.
The HOM, and in fact the forum world as a whole, is looking at better ways to respond to this stuff. Milepoint is far from the only one to have this issue; in fact, I found that same spambag was posting on multiple unrelated sites (running on different forum software) this week.
I understand and directly why I asked for an enabled global moderator. i saw they were edited etc and appreciate it, but xenforo has a nice anti spam manager where you click on the users avatar, go to spam, and BOOM it is all gone and also distracts them if they try to continue.
I appreciate your efforts and don't mean to disparage those at all, just thinking some anti spam/anti reputation (this make them do goofy things to post, making HARD for them to post) would be a good permissions to give
The balance with all of this is that the powers to best control spam when expanding beyond the staff are the exact same ones as moderation without some heavy use. I could see some sort of a system where if 10 people flag a post as spam, then the guides have the power to delete the post fully instead of just the content of the post. Even if it implemented as a policy, it allows for the separation of judgement (which is a slippery slope and could eventually lead to abuses), that covers everyone and there is already the audit trail to catch anybody who might abuse the ability to delete posts/threads.
I am surprised there aren't some basic flood control mechanisms that stop new accounts (or maybe low-status accounts) from creating a ton of new threads or posts in a short period of time.
FYI... He's back.
I recall (and maybe I'm thinking TOBB) that first posts could not have a new post appear with a URL without it going through review.
On this round, the threads seem to have been deleted (I get the you do not have permission to access page when I click) but their titles are still filling up the list of new threads.
And now more threads... Maybe MilePoint should disable acct registration until they can make a permanent fix.
Is he posting from different IP addresses every time?
Just keep ignoring every new name they register.
I clicked ignore user but the threads keep showing up on the forum screens.
The admins here have got to have a better way to handle this.
Ignoring the user only masks the problem until they create another id. The spammer (though not really smart or they'd know that we aren't stupid enough to fall for this crap) is targeting times when admins are less likely to kill the ids... the holiday, late(r) on a Friday night, etc.
And he is at it again, how annoying! :-(
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If Randy pops on this weekend, he may be able to do something... or get something done. Otherwise, I think we'll be ignoring bozo all weekend.
XenForo has the powers to stop this, but they must not be enabled, which Mr Spammer has found out
I moderate a very open forum, for my company, and only thing I delete is spam, ever. I haven't gotten any spam, in fact much less than when we have Vbulletin + anti spam plugins, so I know that it does its job. Maybe I need to open a chat with randy and crew with suggestions...
Yes, I agree that it's only masking the problem, but the two clicks are worth it to be able to see the real content again in the What's New page.
You are right, but it's much better than doing nothing as far as I'm concerned. It hides all their new threads in "what's new?". And when they create the next userid, I will ignore that one as well. No, it is not a fix, it's a temporary workaround.