MONITORS-spammers have taken over

Mar 30th, 2016, 05:26 AM
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MONITORS-spammers have taken over

Spamming not reported because you would link to their site from the title. PLEASE monitor.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 05:31 AM
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We are working on it. Please use the triangle to report spam posts. However, our monitors simply don't see posts like this unless they happen to be perusing the forums themselves.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 05:43 AM
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In order to triangle them we have to first click on them and MANY of them are web addresses which could take us to unsavory virus ridden sites.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 05:47 AM
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Clicking on a link WITHIN a thread MIGHT be a problem, but there is no danger from opening a thread here.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 06:57 AM
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I don't know how you can say that clicking on a title that is a link isn't a problem. I am not going to do it. Maybe elberko AND the monitors haven't noticed that the title is the LINK.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 06:58 AM
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AND in response to Doug Stallings, that is why I triangled my own post so you WOULD see it. LOL
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Mar 30th, 2016, 07:16 AM
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Oh for heaven's sake. There is no danger to any of you. The title is not the link.

Anyway, this is one instance of its not paying to be an early bird. I have never seen more than one or two of these threads.

Tempest in a tea pot.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 07:24 AM
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Doug: Just try to block all titles which appear to be links, and block all first posts by new members that contain a link.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 08:07 AM
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I just clicked on this new one.
It opened the thread--nothing more.


http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...kin-active.cfm
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Mar 30th, 2016, 08:20 AM
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Agree that is wold seem to be fairly simple to identify many of these in advance - and post with a url in the title or first-time poster with a url/link in the body of the post could be held until someone can check to be sure that are legitimate posts (I can imagine this would be almost all advertisers of all sorts of weird products, never mind those - I have seen at least 3 - who are advertising sales of fake passports, licenses and other official documents).
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Mar 30th, 2016, 08:52 AM
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>Doug: Just try to block all titles which appear to be links, and block all first posts by new members that contain a link.

This imo.

Also some kind of expiration date on threads would be useful imo, it seems everyone except Fodor's uses them. Travel info is timely, so forcing people to create new theads isn't a bad idea in this case imo. Also from what we've seen, nearly all the dredging on Fodor's is specifically for spamming purposes.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 09:36 AM
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Well something's changed. Because there didn't used to be so many of them getting thru.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 10:02 AM
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Thank you Gretchen! We are definitely doing our best to monitor all spammers and value your help. If we see a title that is a link it will absolutely be removed. Meanwhile any flagging (the little triangle) is appreciated!
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Mar 30th, 2016, 10:13 AM
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> NewbE on Mar 30, 16 at 8:16am

> Oh for heaven's sake. There is no danger to any of you. The title is not the link.

Depending on one's browser and plugins, any text in the correct format might be processed as a link. I'm with Gretchen on this one.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 11:26 AM
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We can now remove this thread. I'll triangle it again!! LOL
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Mar 30th, 2016, 02:28 PM
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Instead of clicking the triangle, I right-click the poster's name, open it in a new tab, and report him or her from their profile page. IMO it's better to remove the person posting the spam instead of individually reporting the posts.

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Mar 30th, 2016, 04:26 PM
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I triangle the threads as i see them!
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Mar 31st, 2016, 04:07 AM
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And they are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 31st, 2016, 04:52 AM
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good point suze. There was never this volume of spam before.

Editors what is going on? Doug says there is no one keeping tabs unless an editor happens to be cruising through the forums? Maybe it's time to have someone do this.

You can imagine how serious travelers who have been referred to Fodor's or find it online might not join or use these forums as serious travel places.
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Mar 31st, 2016, 05:01 AM
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It's hardly a new thing. Remember all the (Korean?) posts a few months ago?
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