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Is it a certain type of forum that attracts spam?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After having been a member and also an Admin/Mod of many online communities I would say this is the most heavily spammed forum I have seen and I am inclined to believe it's down to the content. Because it's about business it attracts spam happy posters looking for free advertising. It may be true that the Travel and Sport forums get the same but I am also inclined to believe that they would just by the nature of their content. There are probably more travel, sport related business legit or otherwise operating on the net and off then many other types therefore these types of forums attract them.

If you site was oriented toward a specific film actor or a cult tv program or a rock band for instance, the spam would be minimal as "fan" sites are seen as very small opportunities for advertising.

Guestbooks are completely pointless and useless and the haven of the spammer elite. Most notoriously the 419 Scammers of Nigeria spider guestbooks for potential victims. They even mark their territory so that other 419 Scammers know that someone has already picked the site clean.

Guestbooks are definitely a way that many unsuspecting webmasters give help to scammers and spammers without ever knowing it.

Sign up to a few random guestbooks especially active ones and just wait for the opportunities to roll in.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:51 pm    Post subject: pop ups are the worst Reply with quote

At least a post or an E-mail does not shut down your ability to surf.

Certainly a busisness forum should not be surprized that a person does want to promote their business?

Perhaps they did not return because they felt unwelcome.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone that comes here and just posts advertisements IS unwelcome!

You might well think that a business forum should not be surprised that people want to promote their businesses... but at the same time people should not be suprised when they get short shrift for ignoring the advertising rules posted at the top of every single forum.

There are legitimate ways to advertise here... it just needs people to have the courtesy to read the rules first.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most spammers find forums through search engines.
forums that arnt in search engines, dont get much spam.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut down spam very effectively by requiring registration for alll posters.

For obvious spam, it just nuke and ban.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maybe but... we get just as much (proportionally) on the travel forums and sport forums.

Maybe it's karma. Maybe you did something wrong in your past life ... Smile


LOL That is so blame the victim:)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaron wrote:
Anyone that comes here and just posts advertisements IS unwelcome!

You might well think that a business forum should not be surprised that people want to promote their businesses... but at the same time people should not be suprised when they get short shrift for ignoring the advertising rules posted at the top of every single forum.

There are legitimate ways to advertise here... it just needs people to have the courtesy to read the rules first.

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I'll be honest I rarely read forum rules because so many don't enforce them.
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