How about a bulk delete option for a spammer's posts? RRS feed

  • Question

  • pandorajewelry posted the identical spam item (consisting only of the same sales links) to at least 122 (what was left when I started deleting ca 3 hours later) forum threads in the space of an hour or so.

    It was obvious from the start that everything this "poster" had posted was the same spam, but the only thing I could do was go through all the posts he had made; identify forums where I had Moderator rights and remove the posts *one-by-one* from each such thread found. 

    There were ca 20 and it took quite a while but even so there still are ca 100 threads in other groups of forums where other moderators will be forced to go through the whole process (now though starting from 100!).

    How much better it would if some (all might lead to abuse) Moderators had the ability to with one action (or series of actions) to delete all the posts of such a spammer. Not only would it save the time of the first such Moderator to see a set of spammer posts but none of the Moderators coming in later would even be aware of the problem as it would no longer exist.

    A less powerful but still useful version would be if such a single (mass) delete action caused all the posts by the spammer in forums where the Moderator had Moderator rights to be removed.

    FAQ sites: (SP 2010); (v3) and (WSS 2.0)
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Saturday, December 5, 2009 8:38 AM

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  • Thanks derosnec.

    That was a useful and on-topic link.

    MIke Walsh

    P.S. The problem with sending e-mail to MS asking them to get rid of a spammer's posts is that I suspect they work Mon-Fri normal working hours and I don't want 20 spam posts hanging around in the SharePoint forums all weekend. In a workday sending e-mail to MS might be OK if they respond quickly.

    FAQ sites: (SP 2010); (v3) and (WSS 2.0)
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Saturday, December 5, 2009 9:21 AM
  • Mike:

    Yes, we have the same problem in the public NNTP groups. The tools that Microsoft uses to remove spam do not seem capable of recognizing (essentially) the same piece of spam in different groups, so they have to be removed individually.

    At least this was certainly the case a few months ago (spam in the public NNTP groups has been much better lately, so just possibly this has been fixed...).
    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Saturday, December 5, 2009 1:47 PM
  • I thought for a long time that the forum software included an effective spam filter because what spam there was that was coming through to the SP forums was heavily disguised as a forum response (always the same two forum responses but seemingly technical replies).

    But last weekend there were ca 10 clearly spam posts (for medical products) on each of two separate days and then early today there was Mr Pandora and his equally straightforward spam posts and neither were picked up.

    Is it a coincidence that this is a happening at the weekend - i.e was the spam protection actually a little man/woman in a cubicle and now he's been replaced by an even smaller man/woman who refuses to work weekends ?

    FAQ sites: (SP 2010); (v3) and (WSS 2.0)
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Saturday, December 5, 2009 2:39 PM
  • Mike,  Please click on to the Forums Home page. Check out the "Search by tag" box on the right.  Please note that it is apparently also a new trick by spammers to use tags for drugs etc to spam the forums.

    I have reported twice by various means if you care to check my forum threads.

    Not good I think.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:07 AM
  • You will first have to go to Forums Home page to view the tag cloud to which we refer.  The issue does need addressed by the moderators.

    Reported here >

    Additional Report to advise here >

    Thank you for your reply and concern however.
    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 4:43 AM

  • We cross-posted I think.  My 2nd post above shows plenty of what you're objecting to.  It just all got censored-out.  All those underscores _______ .

    Yes you are correct!   Continuing to monitor here as you are.

    Thanks Again,
    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 4:55 AM