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A Modest Proposal about Spam



September 27, 2010 – Comments (3)

Surely it would be quick and easy to filter blog posts to exclude those from any member whose account

(1) is less than 7 days old

(2) contains less than seven picks

(3) rates a beanie

That would reduce Spam drastically, if not completely

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#1) On September 28, 2010 at 12:16 AM, tekennedy (92.85) wrote:

I'm not sure it would be a good idea excluding people without 7 picks.  There are people who don't rate stocks but use other fool services. 

As an idea it would be easy to look at the account history and determine who is a real player.  Every time or after a certain threshold of posts in a day you could have a program compare text from each of the posts to determine similarity.  Most spam is cut and paste junk so it'd stand out like a sore thumb.

It's interesting that there are a number of players who link to a site of theirs and are trying to sell a product but are respected members of the CAPS community.  It is the valueless repetitive spam which does get annoying.

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#2) On September 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM, edwjm (99.88) wrote:

What business does anyone who can't even pick seven stocks have being on an investment site at all?

I was expecting more criticism of (3) as being too strict, and I think that it probably should be waved for those whose accounts are over 30 days old.  It should be noted that most spam comes from very new accounts with no stock picks at all.

 TMF says they are working on the problem, but they certainly seem to be dragging their feet.  This state of affairs has definitely been going on for too long, and continues as I type this Tuesday morning, September 28th.

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#3) On September 29, 2010 at 1:18 AM, tekennedy (92.85) wrote:

There would be a few potential types of people who wouldn't pick 7 stocks:

1) People who have little investing knowledge, for example people subscribing to the fool services.  If they would like to post a question for the community it may be frustrating for them to "jump through hoops" to ask it.

2) People who exclusively use the blogs.

I have no doubt that those actions would prevent a majority of spam but there is the potential for some users to be inconvenienced.

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