By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-04-19 14:58:41 -0500
Started 2014-04-11 02:52:09 -0500

Does it bother any one else when you go to read a discussion and there is this person " smith109" who all way only post an advertisement and has nothing to say about the discussion. I don't know about any one else but it really bothers me because this person is uncaring about the person who posted the discussion. I wonder how much this uncaring person gets paid for all this advertising?

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haoleboy 2014-04-14 20:50:59 -0500 Report

Many times the purpose is 'google juice'. A wbsites page rank in google is affected by the number and quality of sites that link to it … regardless of whether those links are followed or not. The google spiders see those links and theoretically the site that is linked to will improve its page ranking (returning higher in google searches).
My day job, and how I pay my bills, Is running online kiting discussion forums. It is not an exaggeration to say that I see 100's of attempted registrations from would be spammers each and every day, fortunately I have my own bots that seek out and delete these internet miscreants.
Forum spam is big business and a huge problem.


jayabee52 2014-04-19 14:58:41 -0500 Report

Thanks steve for that reply. It makes sense

Here lately there is a bot someone with seemingly a hard-on for DC screen name "Bobbyland" who claims to be shutting down DC because of bad web design. Multiple discussion postings of the same words. "He" had about 35 pages of the same drivel and then started on one of the Fill in the blank Friday discussions. and filled that up with drivel. I don't envy the tech staff when they come in on Monday. A lot of clean up work!

GabbyPA 2014-04-14 19:13:23 -0500 Report

When you see those things, please just take a moment and click on the "report" flag and type in what the issue is. That helps the admins get it off the site faster.

RachelChavez 2014-04-14 17:13:22 -0500 Report

Unfortunately most of these 'spam bots' just post to whatever is the most popular. Usually it's just a program that posts these and not an actual person. We do out best to get rid of them as soon as we see them but it's incredibly helpful for our members to flag/report these items so we can be sure to get rid of all of the spam!

haoleboy 2014-04-11 15:56:49 -0500 Report

spam bots … or cheap labor from foreign countries. the price is probably fractions of a penny per insertion. they can do many, many thousand per day … all it takes is a very small conversion rate to make it worth while.
it is not 'personal' and no one is actually reading the discussions and deciding to insert the 'ads'.

jayabee52 2014-04-11 08:19:54 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon

Yes the spammers bug me too But I don't take them on directly on the discussionon which they happen to post. If you move your mouse pointer near the indicator which lists likes for that post, there will be a hidden link "report" show up. I click on that and tell the tech ppl that this is spam and ask them to remove it ASAP. Usually when the spammer appears on one discussion they've posted on several and I go to the search function and put the spammer of the day's screen name in, and will get a list of the post "s/he" has made. I then go through that list and report each one. Usually the tech ppl get the site cleaned up quickly and the spam doesn't stay up for more than 24 to 48 hrs.

I see the same kind of spammers in other discussion boards as well so they are not unique to DC. And you're right, they don't care about what we're talking about, all they care about is getting their message in front of as many eyes as they can. Most of them don't even show any creativity since the spam is exactly the same in every posting they post .

Please join with me in reporting these serial spammers. It will help make DC a better place to be.

In my reporting of the spam, I also thank the tech ppl for removing the spam, because it is a thankless job.

James Baker