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The Spam that Plagues Us



December 21, 2010 – Comments (16) | RELATED TICKERS: SPA , M

Can we find a way to get rid of this onslaught of spam that is plaguing us over the past month?  It's starting to become rather frustrating.  Every single blog now seems to be in danger of becoming completely deluged by spam comments.  

Is there any remedy?  Could TMF require that users who don't meet certain criteria have to type the text in a Captcha image?

I'd hate to require those miserable Captchas for every single comment (which gets frustrating), so is there a way to segregate between established CAPS members and newbie spammers?  For instance, how about requiring a Captcha by default unless a member has the following characteristics:

(1) Has been a CAPS member for more than 14 days

(2) Has at least one CAPS pick that is more than 14 days old --- this could be an ended pick or a current pick

(3) Has posted at least one comment on CAPS that is more than 14 days old


Admittedly, this would create some annoyance for new members, but it wouldn't be overbearing and might help eliminate all this annoying spam. Of course, I'm not sure if this is even practical given CAPS' technology.  But it's a thought. 

All I know is ... I'm getting really sick of the spam. 

16 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 21, 2010 at 7:35 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.91) wrote:

LOL.  First comment is spam.

(Of course, it will be deleted within a few hours, but still funny.)

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#2) On December 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM, edwjm (99.90) wrote:

Spam is a problem that TMF must take more seriously.

They had is somewhat under control after the last major outbreak, but now it has returned with a vengeance!

Jakila has the right idea, and his restrictions are very mild.  They would definitely help. I would add a quality of picks requirement.  Who wants to read blogs from someone with a negative score?  Who wants to read blogs from someone whose accuracy rating is less than 50?


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#3) On December 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM, outoffocus (23.22) wrote:

All they have to do is require CAPTCHA for new CAPS account sign up, then we wont need it for blogs and comments.

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#4) On December 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Option1307 (30.50) wrote:

Agreed, I hate spammers!

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#5) On December 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM, rexlove (99.72) wrote:

This would seem an easy fix. Not sure why TMF has not implemented anything yet.

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#6) On December 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM, MegaEurope (< 20) wrote:

And if they get around the captcha security, anyone who tries to post a link to kogoal (dot) com or another spam site should be instantly banned and IP blacklisted.

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#7) On December 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM, EnigmaDude (51.62) wrote:

Not just blogs.  Nearly every recent pitch has a comment from a spammer as well.  MF does a good job of deleting them right away, but the spammers have gotten smarter.  If they were publicly traded I might be tempted to invest!

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#8) On December 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM, outoffocus (23.22) wrote:

You know what, I have a new theory.  Could it be that may the spammers are actually employees of CAPTCHA?  TMF has been quite stubborn in implementing the CAPTCHA technology.  Maybe CAPTCHA is executing an all out spam attack until TMF folds. 

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#9) On December 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM, rfaramir (28.70) wrote:

Wouldn't the CAPS system actually be hurt by forcing spammers to participate in it to get their spam through?

We'd quickly end up with a lot of 14 day old picks and accounts and the spam would continue. These picks would pollute the CAPS ratings.

I'd rather see a community rating system of the comments themselves. Humans can pick out spam much more easily than algorithms. Make reasonably rated humans much less blockable by low ratings so minority opinions don't get laughed off the scene (that would be unhealthy).

Bring on the Slashdot clone for finance!

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#10) On December 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM, tekennedy (92.38) wrote:

You could cut it off at the source by scanning new posts for links to blacklisted websites. Itd be relatively easy to query new entries for a list of past spam links.

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#11) On December 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM, SkepticalOx (98.60) wrote:

The last time there was a huge wave of SPAM on TMF, I remember one of the fool members mentioned that he believed the spammers were actually humans, or that they signed up for the account. So Captcha wouldn't do anything. Not sure if this still holds true or not.

I second with the community ranking system. We can rank out the spam to filter it out faster, and then it can eventually get banned by the moderators. 

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#12) On December 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.91) wrote:

Don't think it would matter whether they were "human" or bots.  Rather, the CAPTCHA restrictions would merely make it a pain in the @$$ to spam the community.  They'd have to plan the spam two weeks ahead of time, only to see their two weeks' of work immediately wiped away. 

It wouldn't be perfect and I admit there might be better ways to eliminate it.  I'm not an IT guy, so I'm not sure the best way to go about it.  I know my CAPTCHA idea would at least slow them down. 

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#14) On December 26, 2010 at 2:27 AM, Mary953 (84.63) wrote:

I Love It!  Comment 13 was spam.  It will probably be deleted, but there is a reason that the spammers are so active at the moment.  In a word - Foolanthropy!  Even spam comments generate the 10 cents per entry and so those of us that would normally request the deletions have actually left them alone.  I have to admit though that between holiday shopping and the mega-spam attacks, it will be nice to see this nonsense stop.

As to requirements that you must have a specific score to be allowed to blog, that would be a terrible shame.  I have learned so much from those who spend more time on real life portfolios that I would hate to lose the chance to get their input.  For that matter, I seldom change out picks which leaves my score terribly low.  I could not ask questions or enjoy comments with that cutoff.

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