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Help seek out the advertising accounts.

Last posted Apr 19, 2014 at 06:15PM EDT. Added Feb 18, 2010 at 07:31PM EST
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/christopercox

http://knowyourmeme.com/users/stephen-snipes

Last edited May 27, 2013 at 03:05AM EDT
May 27, 2013 at 01:46AM EDT
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Can we get the actual spam posts deleted too? Because I’ve been coming across a few lists of links by spammers whose accounts have since been banned, but their lists of advertised crap are still up (which look unsightly and is what they want).

The latest such list I’ve come across recently is by hopf9dsa0 in comments at manly-tears
I didn’t save others I’ve recently come across, but while trying to find them I instead came across the following…

These last huge lists were almost entirely out of the Google search for “site:knowyourmeme.com handbags”. Searching other things spammers like to spam, like “products,” brings up a lot of stuff, though adding “profile” will only pretty much bring up spam accounts similar to those in the last list.
I’m stopping here for now.

Last edited May 30, 2013 at 04:33PM EDT
May 30, 2013 at 04:16PM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/karolvalinesmith
http://knowyourmeme.com/users/levijoseph
http://knowyourmeme.com/users/annaleland
http://knowyourmeme.com/users/islariver

Last edited May 30, 2013 at 09:35PM EDT
May 30, 2013 at 09:30PM EDT
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@Cartoonmaster

I would delete those comments too, but I only have power to remove forum posts.

What we really need is a better bot filtering system since image captcha’s aren’t enough. Spammers have long since found a way around them.

We often don’t spot the spam accounts until they post somewhere. Ones that post in the forum get spotted immediately and their accounts deleted but ones that make an obscure comment somewhere go unnoticed

May 31, 2013 at 12:28AM EDT
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The reason those aren’t gone is due to changes in the way we process bans. I’ll try to get them all now.

May 31, 2013 at 01:44AM EDT
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I’ve taken care of those. We’re actually currently under a spam attack for the past two days, but the bots aren’t doing anything. A lot of them seem to have been deactivated, so maybe James has something set up for that. But holy fuck there are a lot of them.

And I sincerely apologize to all the mods who just received about 100 emails in 15 minutes. My advice is to filter those straight to the trash.

May 31, 2013 at 01:59AM EDT
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opspe wrote:

The reason those aren’t gone is due to changes in the way we process bans. I’ll try to get them all now.

Following up to this: In the past banning spambots would keep the media they uploaded and replaced their comments by deactivation messages. But as stated, bans have been upgraded, and they now take care of everything (except deleting complete threads, dunno why).

The spambots that were found by Cartoonmaster were old spambots who didn’t had theirs redone.

Jun 01, 2013 at 02:30PM EDT
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RandomMan wrote:

Following up to this: In the past banning spambots would keep the media they uploaded and replaced their comments by deactivation messages. But as stated, bans have been upgraded, and they now take care of everything (except deleting complete threads, dunno why).

The spambots that were found by Cartoonmaster were old spambots who didn’t had theirs redone.

Alright, that makes sense. I kind of wondered to myself, “Don’t we have a more thorough system..?” since I’ve seen plenty of deactivation messages across the site for deactivated users. I thought maybe it was a difference between how voluntarily deactivated users vs. banned users are handled or how bans were handled over time. It makes sense that those spam lists are old, in that case.

And taking a break again.

Edit: Just found more old spam comments on Brother Sharp
Three obvious lists and a couple singular links below them

Last edited Jun 03, 2013 at 09:56AM EDT
Jun 03, 2013 at 09:29AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/macmillerfans

This one looks suspicious, or it is a very lame attempt to force a meme…

Last edited Jun 04, 2013 at 12:32AM EDT
Jun 04, 2013 at 12:29AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/zanecounsel

Another spam account that advertises Nitric Focus No. 3. I’m noticing that this is practically a daily thing.

Jun 04, 2013 at 12:57AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/shantaranr67

I can tell that it’s advertising call girls, but it’s doing so in utter gibberish. It’s kind of hilarious actually.

Jun 04, 2013 at 04:43AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/bencreamer

He’s created a meme article that’s simply advertising.

Jun 04, 2013 at 09:24AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/davidwatkins
http://knowyourmeme.com/users/sanzer-claks

They both made advertisement threads. I quickly deleted them.

Jun 05, 2013 at 05:23AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/borysleepj

Made this advertisement thread.

http://knowyourmeme.com/forums/general/topics/22234-airport-taxis-sandwell

Jun 05, 2013 at 11:19AM EDT
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badsitrep, gar wrote:

http://knowyourmeme.com/users/borysleepj

Made this advertisement thread.

http://knowyourmeme.com/forums/general/topics/22234-airport-taxis-sandwell

Taken care of.

Jun 05, 2013 at 11:22AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/dks007

Oh my god… just look at the utter nonsense this one wrote:

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Jun 06, 2013 at 05:57AM EDT
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@Jostin

Just deleted a thread from that one which was filled with that same repeated sentence.

It’s like they don’t even try.

[edit]

IT KEEPS POSTING

Last edited Jun 06, 2013 at 11:24AM EDT
Jun 06, 2013 at 11:11AM EDT
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I think I’ve caught up with deleting the spam accounts (and the related threads.)

Jostin, you don’t have the ability to delete spam accounts? I can’t ban/delete your account which suggests that you should have the same level of mod powers as me (two areas among media, forums, and entries in addition to banning.)

Jun 06, 2013 at 12:21PM EDT
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Verbose wrote:

I think I’ve caught up with deleting the spam accounts (and the related threads.)

Jostin, you don’t have the ability to delete spam accounts? I can’t ban/delete your account which suggests that you should have the same level of mod powers as me (two areas among media, forums, and entries in addition to banning.)

Nope, I’m pretty sure I can’t delete accounts.

I’m guessing that the reason for this is either because I’m one of the older mods and the ability was only given to the newer mods or because I was inactive at the time the feature was implemented, meaning that giving me the ability would have been pointless.

That’s alright. That what this thread is for.

Jun 06, 2013 at 05:52PM EDT
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@Jostin

I see. And certainly, that’s why I (used to and am trying to) come by.


Edit: Hey, should we talk to staff and see if you can get endowed with that set of powers? If you don’t want them, then I think we have the capacity to function as is, but it was frustrating for me to see spammers and not be able to fully deal with them.

Last edited Jun 06, 2013 at 06:11PM EDT
Jun 06, 2013 at 05:58PM EDT
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@Verbose

It doesn’t really bother me as much to not have them. However, I have noticed, over the short period of time that I’ve been back, that spambots are more frequent on the forums now. Perhaps if I did have them, things would run a bit smoother around here.

It depends on the powers that be. If they think that giving me some banning powers would benefit the site, then I’ll be glad to uphold the responsibility.

Jun 06, 2013 at 06:57PM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/omyk

This one just keeps coming back. I wish there was a more efficient way of doing this…

Jun 07, 2013 at 03:35AM EDT
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http://knowyourmeme.com/users/donniestrom

This ad was for coffee. I kinda was tempted not to report it ’coz I desperately need some at the moment.

Jun 07, 2013 at 05:43AM EDT
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