Subtle Spam Sandwich

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Simile
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Subtle Spam Sandwich

There seems to be a growing number of posts that are not contributing to the discussion on the planes, planescape, etc. For example, any post by "tonsianken".

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Yeah, it doesn't look like we

Yeah, it doesn't look like we can report the spam either. :-(

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RP Opportunity?

True. However, when viewed within the light of this being a potential Anarchist, Sinker, or Xaosman plot to disrupt the channels of communication - it might create some interesting role-play opportunities.

The spam is fairly subtle, upon first reading it may appear to be appropriate to the discussion (at a stretch). Now just think about how the working of burgs on the planes of Law could be undermined in a similar ploy. Appear to be the genuine thing, but with enough seeds of disruption/chaos not to get picked up on first inspection. When enough such incidents reach a tipping point... Boom!

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In this postmodern futuristic

In this postmodern futuristic virtual hell in which we find ourselves, the Takers have become the new Chaosmen.

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Find the Factions

Good point. Does that mean Anonymous is a branch of the Revolutionary League? Perhaps a splinter movement within the Sensates have joined forces with the Takers to tip the balance from helping people achieve a state of Being to a state of Having.

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I think you're dead on, there

I think you're dead on, there, on both counts. The monetization and prepackaging of dreams... I wonder what the d20 Modern update of Planescape would look like now, with ten years of the internet under our belts.

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Now Abelee is the new spam

Now Abelee is the new spam account.

I like your perspective folks, but this forum DOES need a report function and at least ONE moderator.

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Haha, good stuff guys!

Haha, good stuff guys!

Still gotta agree with Vaevictis. Definitely need a mod lest this place get overrun with spam which I've sadly seen happen to net-spaces before.

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Someone to shoulder some of

Someone to shoulder some of the burden from Clueless would probably be welcome. I don't know of any other admins or mods on the site in all my time on Planewalker, lurking and active.

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I'll do it though I can't

I'll do it though I can't promise super rapid results though I usually visit the site once a day. Work can stretch that out though.

Feel free to put me on a trial basis and see if people like me as a mod.

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Ditto

Id' also like to volunteer sciborg2.

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There should be a flag on

There should be a flag on each of the comments to tag it as spam. Is there not? *checks* Hm. Ok looks like that feature got zapped at some point in updates. I'll get that back in.

If the site has some folks that want to act as monitors / moderators I can also bump you guys up to be able to handle some of the cleanup work for spam stuff too.

I've been buried under a truely massive project at work for the last three months that's about to come to a close. So hopefully (?) I'll be able to be around a bit more and take care of the day to day needs.

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Ok, I have the spam flags set

Ok, I have the spam flags set back up! Here's what to do / how this works:

Hit the "This is spam" button. It will mark it as spam. If *three* (hey Ro3!) if three of you mark the thing as spam, it will auto unpublish whatever it is and add a note on the user account that they put in spam.

It won't auto block the user account cause I don't want to make this a forum weapon. We're usually pretty good about that though so maybe - but for now at least it just puts the user on a list.

I can add notification and stuff later if needed if we start seeing things marked as spam that are clearly not.

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Thanks Clueless!

Thanks Clueless!

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Glad to see you back Clueless

Glad to see you back Clueless!

Happy to take on a monitor role. Just let me know this all works.

Thanks!

Sci

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Well, as long as you don't

Well, as long as you don't mind the extra workload (little as that probably is right now), Sci, you're certainly deserving. Congrats!

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Hmmm, seems like the spam/bot

Hmmm, seems like the spam/bot problem is getting worse again.

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I'm not seeing a "this is

I'm not seeing a "this is spam" button, am I just blind? Where should I be looking?

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If you're logged in, you

If you're logged in, you should see "Flag as spam" in the lower right corner of the frame around any given post.

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Xaos word magic in the

Xaos word magic in the language of the interwebs spambot! Can u not love-wonder at simple sunglasses dew beach forest mist in the carpet luxury telephone?

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Heh, considering how many

Heh, considering how many spam posts we had to "flag as spam" in the last few days we're rather a bunch of nit-picking Guvners. ;)

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Ah, there it is. "Just blind

Ah, there it is. "Just blind" it was, then.

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Given the amount of spam I

Given the amount of spam I just had to clear out it looks like something has started figuring out how to get pass our "are you human" checks. I've temporarily disabled new account creation until I can sort that out. Will update when I get a better solution in.

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Ah, was the re-activation of

Ah, was the re-activation of accounts part of the attempt to clear out bots?

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Yes and hopefully it didn't

Yes and hopefully it didn't spam too many people in that process.