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December 12, 2010 10:46:21 PM

It seems that the spammers are getting out of hand.I keep reporting them every day and every few hours but they keep cropping up often.
Perhaps Tom's Hardware should make it more difficult (more of a pain in the ass) to register and be able to post.
Perhaps Toms Hardware should also sue the Spammers or maybe file a complaint against those websites (likely scams probably infested with malware too) listed by the spammers so that they are taken down.
What else can be done?
December 12, 2010 10:56:30 PM

Thank you for your efforts in reporting the SPAM. It's greatly appreciated, and helps us clean up the SPAM quickly.

We are aware of the issue. The Admin and development teams are working on a solution.
December 13, 2010 12:24:41 AM

The sites are taken down reasonably quickly. But it takes a few minutes to register a new domain name and the content is all the same on each site (bar the colour scheme) so it's not difficult to multiply the number of domains that they spam.
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December 13, 2010 2:53:45 AM

I see a lot of news sites with similar spammers, so I don't think there is any easy silver bullet. Accountability and authentication are some of the major problems with the internet.
December 13, 2010 5:36:04 AM

O.K. well here is just one idea.How about with registration have a fee (credit card,pre paid credit card or paypal) of just say $5 (maybe lower too) to be a registered user (able to post on this forum (or enter contests etc.).If the persistent spammers had to pay a fee and their posts were CONFIRMED Spam and their accounts quickly removed it would not seem likely that they would Spam here because of mounting costs.Also it would benefit Toms Hardware (help pay for hosting,new builds ,stories etc)

Again this is just one quick idea.

December 13, 2010 7:25:56 AM

I think you'd see the number of legit registrations plummet if the fee was anything above $0. People are cheap, and information is expected to be free, as is tech support.
December 13, 2010 2:28:22 PM

We're doing what we can to reduce the amount of spam, and we've eliminated bots, but the manual spammers are tough to beat. Hopefully we'll have something before too long.
December 14, 2010 3:46:51 AM

Well, good to hear progress is being made. Unfortunately to the OP, I doubt the problem will ever be completely solved, short of making randomizer read and approve every comment post.
December 14, 2010 6:17:29 AM

EXT64 said:
Well, good to hear progress is being made. Unfortunately to the OP, I doubt the problem will ever be completely solved, short of making randomizer read and approve every comment post.



Jolly good idea. Just serve him up a tall skinny vodka valium latte every half hour. :D 

December 14, 2010 7:19:35 AM

EXT64 said:
Well, good to hear progress is being made. Unfortunately to the OP, I doubt the problem will ever be completely solved, short of making randomizer read and approve every comment post.


I think I'll pass the honour onto our resident spam exterminator, mousemonkey.
December 14, 2010 4:47:12 PM

EXT64 said:
I see a lot of news sites with similar spammers, so I don't think there is any easy silver bullet. Accountability and authentication are some of the major problems with the internet.

A hollow point would be my choice, cheaper and much more satisfying. [:mousemonkey]
December 14, 2010 4:48:41 PM

randomizer said:
I think I'll pass the honour onto our resident spam exterminator, mousemonkey.

Oh thanks mate, from the heart of my bottom I thank you! :lol: 
December 14, 2010 5:20:29 PM

Mousemonkey said:
A hollow point would be my choice, cheaper and much more satisfying. [:mousemonkey]




That's a dum dum suggestion. :D 

October 1, 2011 3:50:04 PM

Its still a problem guys!
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