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05-01-2007
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Spam ... How Do You Mange It? When is a Link Considered Spam? Related Questions.
Forums like tFS seem to be very rare, I'm no expert but I have never seen such a friendly and 'clean' forum on the net.
Even before the 'invitation policy' I remember there were no spam posts on tFS. Every other forum on the net is filled with spam, usually rather disdurbing porn links.

So I was wondering, how do you do it?

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The whole time there's at least one mod online...usually!..that's why it's barely noticed .. it doesnt happen that often, though, the invite-only thing definitely decreased their chances, but it can be extremely annoying in the very moment, you delete topics as fast as you can but they're still spamming the section, it happened to me once at Trendspotting.. I thought I was finished and went back to find two more threads on some shopping website.. all in less than 5 minutes

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Since invite only, it's almost non existent. Before if a member was spamming, the threads would be deleted almost as fast as they have been posted. When members report, it helps as well. Most of the time after a warning is sent, the spammers cool down, and if not, I think we know what happens to them


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19-01-2007
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Right, I am going to sound so stupid asking this but what exactly spamming, is it like repeatedly posting a link to another website or something?

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19-01-2007
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Right, I am going to sound so stupid asking this but what exactly spamming, is it like repeatedly posting a link to another website or something?
To indiscriminately send unsolicited, unwanted, irrelevant, or inappropriate messages, especially commercial advertising in mass quantities.

chanelnumber5 whenever I'm in doubt about a particular word (or just plain lazy ) I usually type :
What is X ? on google search and 99% of the time I get several answers on the top of the first page.

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To indiscriminately send unsolicited, unwanted, irrelevant, or inappropriate messages, especially commercial advertising in mass quantities.

chanelnumber5 whenever I'm in doubt about a particular word (or just plain lazy ) I usually type :
What is X ? on google search and 99% of the time I get several answers on the top of the first page.
Thank you for the definition and I so should have though of google

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Why Was My Post Deemed Spam?
Hiya TFS,

I'm not sure if I am supposed to post this question here...I sent a message to the moderators but haven't yet received a response and I wasn't sure if I used the correct contact method.

I received a message stating that my comment in a discussion forum was deleted because it was deemed "spam" since I wrote a post on my blog related to the post in the discussion forum...my blog included pics of the items/line in question.

I noticed that another blogger did the same exact thing, nitrolicious, with explicit instructions to go to her blog...yet that was not deemed spam and her post was not removed from the discussion forum.

I'd like to know why mine was deemed spam while hers, the same sort of post, was not deemed spam and was not removed. I can't help but feel that if you're a "bigger blogger" so to speak, then this is allowed. Lesser known bloggers, meanwhile, are deemed "spammers" for doing the exact same thing.

Can a TFS mod explain this to me? I'd appreciate any input...thanks in advance.

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All tFS members are allowed to have a link to their blog in their signature, as you do, and one post in the tFS Member Blogs thread. Beyond that, continually promoting a blog or attempting to redirect members to a blog is not allowed under the site terms of use and community rules.

Any time you see a post that you believe is not acceptable under the terms of use, you may use the report post link under the member's avatar and profile (next to the give karma link.)

While the moderating team monitors the entire site, it is not possible for the team to catch every mistaken post; please be assured that it is our intention to maintain a consistent approach as much as possible. Always feel free to contact a mod (you can PM any of us, use the contact us link at the bottom of each page, or post in member support as you have done) if you are concerned about any content on tFS.

I hope this helps!

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While the moderating team monitors the entire site, it is not possible for the team to catch every mistaken post
I have to support prettygeeksis on this one. In the Jovovich-Hawk for Target thread, where nitrolicious posted two links to her blog, two moderators responded but never deleted the posts. They saw the posts, which apparently break the rules, so why didn't they delete them? I've wondered this in the past.

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If you see something that you think needs special attention, even if a mod has posted since it was posted, please just report the post and a it will be given a second look. We are not perfect ... sometimes we get caught up reading about the topic and fail to notice.

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I have to support prettygeeksis on this one. In the Jovovich-Hawk for Target thread, where nitrolicious posted two links to her blog, two moderators responded but never deleted the posts. They saw the posts, which apparently break the rules, so why didn't they delete them? I've wondered this in the past.

She has done that several times, with instructions included to view items on her blog, and her comments have remained in the discussion forums. Not only that, but in that particular post that you pointed out, for example, her comments (which are STILL there) were not only seen by several moderators, but they actually followed her instructions, clicked through to her blog, and came back to the TFS forums to comment on them.

So this is not a case of having "read up" and missing such posts. This is a case of such posts being being acknowledged, and permitted (selectively).

I went to that particular post and STILL, Nitrolicious' posts remain there and have not been removed, nor have they been deemed spam - even though they were pointed out in your earlier post in this thread.

In my opinion, this demonstrates a double standards with a hardline approach being taken with lesser known bloggers who are in turn treated as "spammers", while bigger bloggers are permitted to post freely. I find this very unfair.

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I, personally have talked to many "bigger bloggers" and stopped them from posting their links just for the purpose of promoting them so what you say is not true across the board.

It has nothing to do with how "big" a blogger is or who they are ... it has to do with seeing them, noticing that they are too self promotional and also the mod who sees it. With over 40 mods, it is hard to make sure that every mod notices and gets every offense ... it's a scatter approach, at best because there are thousands of new posts here every day. We try our best ... and we do not allow favoritism.

It's similar to the Highway Patrol .. they pull over offenders that they see, but miss many, many other offenders. And occassionaly an officer may decide to let someone go ... but the brass frowns on it. If an officer does it and gets reported, especially repeat instances ... they go before their superiors to expalin why that is happening. It's pretty much the same way here.

Did you actually use the "Report Post" link ... on the lower left, under the poster's avatar? That function reports it to every moderator assigned to that forum and the Team Leaders check in to see how they are handling reported posts.

I will not go back and dig through a bunch of posts to find out which ones you are talking about. But, if you'd like to find them and "report" each of them (it's private, the poster won't know it was you who reported it) or provide me with links here to the any posts that you think are over the line , I will take a look at them. We don't like to have bloggers invite our members off the tFS site ... and if this is the case, we will do some editing and let the blogger know.

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While I was writing this (above) ... one of those posts that you are talking about has been posted, reported by a member (not you) and a reminder has been posted in the thread by another moderator. I suspect that you won't have to concern yourself with this member anymore.

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i would also like to point out, in the particular post you guys are talking about that sometimes judgement calls have to be made...

if several members have already checked out the link and commented on what they saw there then it is not conducive to the discussion and to the thread to delete that comment..

THAT is why that particular post was allowed to stay up, and that is why I later posted a reminder in the thread about excessive links promoting one's own blog..
a subsequent post in there by that same member with a link to her blog was edited..

we try to be as consistent as we can but sometimes exceptions have to be made, because like bette mentioned, we can't be everywhere at once and sometimes we miss things..

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