September 22, 2010
– Comments (15)
...this is an investment blog.
Can we please get rid of the spammers?
New rule: not made 7 picks? No blogging allowed!
I understand the goal behind this but I don't see why a spammer wouldn't simply add 7 picks and then start spamming. I think a 1 month waiting period (between opening the account and blogging) would be better.
Agreed about the annoying spam, but the only reason I would argue against putting a 7 pick limit before bloggers can enter is that the spamming system would then be set up to generate 7 random picks instead of just 1, and we would introduce noise into the rated players. As it stands the spam is annoying to read, but it doesn't introduce extraneous players into the rankings. Just a thought.
Creating 7 picks by hand to start spamming costs time! Spammers go away if they need to put effort into creating accounts.
Avoid auto-generation of accounts by requiring new users to either activate the account from a hyperlink in an e-mail they must receive, or by forcing them to enter one of those challenges (like ticketmaster does).
Delete accounts that generate spam.
What is the rationale for not using Captcha? At this point, I think most people put up with the annoying nature of Captcha since it is less annoying than spammers. Also, Captcha works, as far as I can tell.
David in Qatar
The first few (maybe 10) posts of everyone submitting his first "caps" game blog post later than September 23, 9 am GMT-4 should, after being submitted, be read by someone from "the staff" of the "caps" game. The spam check should take around 0.2 seconds on average. The non-spam should then be posted. I think we can live with the first few "first posts" being held up for a maximum of a few hours ...
the first few
Sometimes you are led to wonder whether "the staff" is incredibly incompetent or incredibly lazy. Oh well, hehe ...
DavidinQuatar - CAPTCHAs are only effective against automated spam. Unfortunately we're dealing with real people taking the time to register and post, so they'll pass any of our "Are You Human" tests.
so they'll pass any of our "Are You Human" tests.
Just introduce an "is this spam" test (see comments #5,7,8 above. some of those appear to have some spare time, hehe ...).
I agree with porte - somebody should be reading blogs from people who are not on an "approved bogger" list (which shouldn't be too hard as regular / "approved" bloggers post a lot of posts, which don't have to be checked for spam).
Once somebody is identified as a spammer (which should be easy - spammer's first post will be spam, somebody just needs to read it), that person should be blocked / not allowed to post any more (there has to be a software solution for that).
TMF just needs to spend $20/hour (health insurance included in this price) on somebody who likes to read (and is looking for a job)...
A captcha may not stop human spammers, but it will certainly slow them down.
To me its the internet equivalent of a cheapo home security system...It's not going to stop a determined aggressor, but it will shift the cost/benefit balance just enough to make them keep looking for another target.
Plus, if you use something like RECaptcha you can claim your are doing some good in the process.
Thanks for responding. I don't envy you having to deal with both the spammers and all of us being upset by it. I hope you guys can come up with an reasonable solution soon.
Fool on,David in Qatar
7 pick minimum might get moneymcbags to make some picks, but it might rob us of his blog (and other good ones). I don't like the pick minimum idea.
"7 pick minimum might get moneymcbags to make some picks, but it might rob us of his blog"
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