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Nov 5th, 2016, 06:59 AM
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Everyone else moves on to something more productive in life.

Then cut your BS and do just that.
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Nov 5th, 2016, 07:03 AM
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This board is next to useless to Europeans. If they don't fix it soon there will be none of us left.
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Nov 5th, 2016, 09:21 AM
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I doubt if you know what the moderators do, but I seriously doubt they are scanning every single post on Fodors for something "insulting." I suspect they only react to offensive posts when someone reports a post and then they review it. In fact, I would guess more likely they don't scan any posts unless someone asks them to or perhaps unless it has a real suspect subject matter (like the Korean ones).

But I would think this could be automated more, I know my workplace has an automatic email filter that looks for certain words or something like that. A filter could easily automatically stop a post before posting if it had Asian language characters in the subject, for example. Some of the others are about usual topics, also, that you could specify key words.
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Nov 5th, 2016, 10:27 AM
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Yes, Christina, you are right. The case I am speaking about was indeed triangled by a notorious Fodorite.

I myself have given up flagging the threads which are created by some malicious software; they are obvious enough.

It is really ironic that the Europe forum is hacked since Fodor's was sold from an old-fashioned German publisher of printed books (Bertelsmann) to a California-based company that specializes in online media.

So far, I cannot see any competence in information technology.
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Nov 5th, 2016, 10:43 AM
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moi n'en plus, but I do actually have other things to do, like planning a trip to Angoulème and another to Milan and Venezia,, so I'll do that instead of worrying about whether I can post on Fodors.
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Nov 10th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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The Fodor's team is indeed looking for solutions to fix the spam issue. The moderators and I have brought up the suggestion of using captchas, eliminating posts with certain characters in the title, shortening the 300 second rule and even switching to v bulletin up to tech.

However, the tech team has a lot of different issues and projects on deck that also need tending to outside of Fodor's and while this Fodor's issue is of high priority, they are doing their best to get to all of them in a timely manner.

Thank you all for your patience and we apologize for all the stress this has caused our members.
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Nov 10th, 2016, 07:50 AM
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What is "switching to v bulletin up to tech" ?
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Nov 10th, 2016, 07:55 AM
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>>What is "switching to v bulletin up to tech" ?<<

vBulletin is a different software for running forums.
janisj is online now  
Nov 10th, 2016, 08:13 AM
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Yes, janisj is correct. Switching to this would help moderate spam more efficiently, but from my understanding some may be hesitant to make the switch.
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