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Old Jun 11, 2012, 08:50 AM
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The SPAM levels in Batteries and Chargers is getting extremely bad and it seems to be taking longer and longer for them to disappear even though they are reported. Has any thought been given to making requirements for new accounts? Many other forums such as Helifreak have some kind of moderator approval process for new accounts to keep spam down.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm afraid approving each account is not an option on a site as large as RCGroups but we will step up efforts to remove spam faster.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Seems like there could certainly be some kind of measures taken. Posts could be automatically flagged for review if they contain too many keywords used by spammers.

Here you have someone selling Credit Card info:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1669785

Seems to me that blocking this kind of stuff should be a higher priority.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 12:15 PM
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I have taken care of the offending spam. Moderators review reported posts on a daily basis. I will make sure we heighten our level of awareness with spam. Thanks for the posts.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 12:39 PM
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You're getting there but there's more still that rolled up to the first page now:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1669077
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1669092
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 07:37 AM
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And today yet more, really aggravating that I can only report 1 every 60 seconds!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1670514
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1670515

Shouldn't there be something which prevents people from posting back to back threads? They are exactly sequential in their numbers.
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 09:03 AM
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 01:35 PM
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The spam level has not been getting any better. Stop sitting around and do something to prevent it. It's the same one or two people peddling the same crap every day...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1682319
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1682184
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1682133
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Old Jul 01, 2012, 06:43 AM
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Sorry for the late reply. I'm in Kentucky covering The Bruce DLG contest.
We have stepped up our spam removal and we are currently working on faster ways for spam to be identified and removed. This is something that we are working to improve on.
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 07:39 AM
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So as the SPAM continues you might want to look into this...

Look at this user (probably a bot):
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/searc...er_%20Palumbo7

His posts are one or two words and are always followed up with an image URL (which you should put in the disallowed words) with a white image which doesn't really show up. If you search google you'll find this same url on dozens of other forums. It's likely connected to the spammers. I've reported other user accounts for this in the past as well.
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 07:43 AM
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Here's a different forum where they are discussing the spammer:
http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=99783

And here's a website they link with a good post on how to reduce spam:
http://www.scirra.com/blog/61/reducing-website-spam
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 07:53 AM
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I have warned all of the posts and banned the account. Currently we have three mods that scan the site for spam each day. It's the first thing we do in the morning. Our techs are also working on ways to curb the spammers. Thanks for the links.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 07:32 AM
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Lots today:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1699283
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1699282
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1699276
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1699275
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1699239

Do you seriously have the worst techs ever that they can't come up with any way to curb the amount of posting this guy does? If you're going to let spam levels be this bad at least give a category we can report against that doesn't have a 60 second timer!

Can you seriously argue that the time spent cleaning up this spam daily is that much less then validating new user accounts would be?
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