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Topic # 22481 29-May-2008 14:15
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It's coming on a year since the New Zealand Herald  article about the Slingshot forum and how it was swamped-with-forum-spam.
So how is it now?  Slingshot have put in place a number of steps to stop users spamming. New users, once they pass the catcha, can post links for 10days and they also have to post ten messages.  That caused one new Slingshot admin a did of a delay before he could post useful links.  But it did stop the flood of posts into the forums, but it has not stopped the number of bot or potential spam bots from signing up and waiting for you.  If you view the members list (because it was there) you can see all the little traps. Gambling sites, growth pills (they can grow anything), cheap air tickets...  They are just waiting for some user to click.

Slingshot's latest form of dealing with this is to try and shame the users from posting on the subject the Hall of Shame
Where the users are silenced from talking about the subject on the forums of face "THE HALL OF SHAME".

There are solutions that work, like IP blocking of international IP's from joining.  But that is not be used as a solution, why?  They have the brains in operations to make it so, but no move has been made to fix it up.

It is making the forums more anti-social by have these bot trap ad's,  it's no Geekzone, they are hard-on spammers, I have read of whole countries got band within hours for spam.

I thing Slingshot needs to look at what it's giving it's users and make it a better place. 

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  Reply # 134164 29-May-2008 14:24
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The iTalk forums are the same... full of rubbish..

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  Reply # 134580 31-May-2008 11:55
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The reason why the posts have been moved to the Hall of Shame is because the admins are aware of the issue, have acknowledged the issue, and are working on a solution.  As I said in the Slingshot forums, the posts about the spammers were an order of magnitude more annoying than the spammers themselves.  

Ops and co can see how many register - do you think they want to be reminded of it every day?  Some patience would be a good thing here.

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  Reply # 134615 31-May-2008 15:55
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There is part of the Slingshot forum that shouldn't be visited by it's members.  The members list and their homepages,
they are full of virus/trojan/spambot traps,  most other forums work hard to fix these kind of dangers to their users.

Users have been taunted and ridiculed for posting on this issue, their post been place into the "Hall of Same".
That's not helping the community is it?  The Admin are like the rest of us, if they don't like a thread then they don't have to read it.
I don't think the "Hall of Shame" is much of a working solution.  And the spam has been a problem for over year and we are still waiting for the forum to be a safe user experience.

It's like the US in WWII, when it was all out war in Europe and the US said, we know their is an issue but if you just don't go there it'll be ok.  Is Slingshot waiting for a Pearl Harbour before they can find need it was fix the issue? 

Take today 31st,  So for there are 90 new members and it looks like they are all from the porn industry. I would post some of the users names, but they are too valga and The Geekzone does have standards (good standards they are too).

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Reply # 134617 31-May-2008 16:11
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Its things like this that me feel justified with the hard line we often choose to take here on Geekzone.

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Reply # 134619 31-May-2008 16:23
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tonyhughes: Its things like this that me feel justified with the hard line we often choose to take here on Geekzone.

Well, we do have a hard line on spam but we don't limit what users can discuss really - even if it involves the site.

It users there are raising legitimate questions but being moved to the corner. However this is their administration style and their choice.

I would like this to the be the last interference from Geekzone moderators in this thread, since this is a discussion on what another forum practices are. If you are a Slingshot user fell free to use this thread of course.

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