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Reporting of Spam RRS feed

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  • While it is nice to have the ability to report spam within the post itself, would it be possible to make it easier to do (e.g. single click, instead of 3 clicks)?  It would also be nice to bring back the red border around the post to indicate if it has been reported as such.  Right now with the amount and type of spam (really long posts), it makes it more difficult to identify if a post has already been reported.

    What can be done to control the spam in the SharePoint 2010 forums especially?  Right now in the SharePoint 2010 Setup/Admin forum there is about 6 pages of nothing but spam posts.  The SharePoint 2010 General forum isn't much better.


    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net

    Friday, August 10, 2012 11:40 PM

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  • On TechNet? Link?

    Some options here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/5041.how-to-ban-or-report-a-technet-or-msdn-user-account.aspx

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:33 AM
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  • At the time I posted this, the SharePoint 2010 General forum (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepoint2010general/threads) which had 6 pages of pure spam.  I'm seeing this more and more often, I'm assuming the account does get banned, but one quickly replaces it and posts the same sports-related spam over and over again.

    It would just be nice if there was a quicker method to reporting something as spam, as well as bring the easy to see visual indicator back that showed the post had been reported already.


    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:01 AM
  • Well, as I linked to, there's Report Spam Here: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/reportabug/thread/0135fabd-b164-49be-a5fc-9677bdfe904c/

    The team usually removes the spam within 20-25 minutes.

    We're currently pursuing other methods to make it harder to spam the forums. As you mentioned, they just start new accounts, and continue spamming.

    You can make specific suggestions here or in the Forum Suggestions forum.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:25 AM
    Owner
  • Well, as I linked to, there's Report Spam Here: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/reportabug/thread/0135fabd-b164-49be-a5fc-9677bdfe904c/

    The team usually removes the spam within 20-25 minutes.

    We're currently pursuing other methods to make it harder to spam the forums. As you mentioned, they just start new accounts, and continue spamming.

    You can make specific suggestions here or in the Forum Suggestions forum.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Hi Ed !

    In Addition to that i have atleast reported 10 spam profiles on Sunday August 12, 2012. They filled the whole Transact-SQL forum + SQL Server Reporting Services Forum with all kind of spam post. Since most of the Moderators are not that much active on weekends, these post were their for like 2 hours or more.

    May be we need to build something like, a person can not ask more than 4 questions in an hour to some kind of stop this spamming flood as the trend is they usually creates new questions. May be we can also restrict the profiles names not to be very numeric like (ABD1233232222). This is some indication of a spammer profile that might be created using some system.

    Also, we need to identify more Moderators from different regions who can work in different hours, so that their might be atleast one Moderator available at these Forums (For Demanding Forums like Transact-SQL & Share Point).

    Thanks, Hasham Niaz

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:41 AM
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  • In Addition to that i have atleast reported 10 spam profiles on Sunday August 12, 2012. They filled the whole Transact-SQL forum + SQL Server Reporting Services Forum with all kind of spam post. Since most of the Moderators are not that much active on weekends, these post were their for like 2 hours or more.

    May be we need to build something like, a person can not ask more than 4 questions in an hour to some kind of stop this spamming flood as the trend is they usually creates new questions. May be we can also restrict the profiles names not to be very numeric like (ABD1233232222). This is some indication of a spammer profile that might be created using some system.

    Also, we need to identify more Moderators from different regions who can work in different hours, so that their might be atleast one Moderator available at these Forums (For Demanding Forums like Transact-SQL & Share Point).

    Thanks, Hasham Niaz

    Last time I brought up the time zone issue, they proved how they ban the spam in about 20-25 minutes from when it's reported. So we really just need people to report it right away.

    The software solutions are good suggestions. We need something, but we don't want to make it hard for everyone to post.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:51 AM
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  • When you ask people to report it right away (e.g. via the report abuse dropdown), do the mods look at specifically what is reported, or do they go and look at at least the first page of the forum from where it is reported?

    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:53 AM
  • When you ask people to report it right away (e.g. via the report abuse dropdown), do the mods look at specifically what is reported, or do they go and look at at least the first page of the forum from where it is reported?

    http://sharepoint.nauplius.net

    You can also report via the forum thread I linked to.

    Good question. Not sure. But each time I check, they delete the whole group at once. So they likely check the forum.


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:04 AM
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  • Hi Ed !

    We really need some more force to stop those spammer. See i have reported more than 50 spammers in just last 2 days. I think we really need to create some kind of a verification system on profile generation. An email verification should be an idea. Other is to create a check on first question, some kind of image verification thing before you able to post your first question.

    You see last 2 days, they are like hundred of them. Flooded everything with their spams, i think Forum Profile team did very well to respond to my spam reports but spammers were just too fast, as they are taking help with multiple softwares for sure.

    We might need introduce something automatic as well. Some kind of sensing thing. You know how i track all these is just go to main Forum page;

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/categories/

    And if i noticed something weird in the User Name like (ajhjhajhaj122, llkalakl323, 12kkun) i just open the profile to see last posts and thats how i catch them up. But by the time i did catch them they already have like 10 to 20 posts.

    So i think, we all need to keep an eye on Most Recent Visitor's Names as well if we wanted these Forums to be not flooded with Spam.


    Please let me know if this helps. Hopefully i have answered you correctly.

    Thanks, Hasham Niaz


    Saturday, August 18, 2012 1:25 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Ed !

    We really need some more force to stop those spammer. See i have reported more than 50 spammers in just last 2 days. I think we really need to create some kind of a verification system on profile generation. An email verification should be an idea. Other is to create a check on first question, some kind of image verification thing before you able to post your first question.

    You see last 2 days, they are like hundred of them. Flooded everything with their spams, i think Forum Profile team did very well to respond to my spam reports but spammers were just too fast, as they are taking help with multiple softwares for sure.

    We might need introduce something automatic as well. Some kind of sensing thing. You know how i track all these is just go to main Forum page;

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/categories/

    And if i noticed something weird in the User Name like (ajhjhajhaj122, llkalakl323, 12kkun) i just open the profile to see last posts and thats how i catch them up. But by the time i did catch them they already have like 10 to 20 posts.

    So i think, we all need to keep an eye on Most Recent Visitor's Names as well if we wanted these Forums to be not flooded with Spam.


    Please let me know if this helps. Hopefully i have answered you correctly.

    Thanks, Hasham Niaz


    This is good feedback. At least two features are being planned to make it harder to create spam. Keep the feedback coming. One way to do that is to click the Site Feedback link and explain the issue.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)



    Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:50 AM
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  • User http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/user/threads?user=vicky298 posting multiple SPAM threads.

    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Sunday, June 30, 2013 11:45 AM
  • Ok, I reported spam (some days ago) in Spam Here 15, which I thought was the latest; now, the posting has now been deleted, yet I haven't received the "magical bronze spam-reporter badge" - what's up with that?

    tnjman

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:50 AM
  • Ok, I reported spam (some days ago) in Spam Here 15, which I thought was the latest; now, the posting has now been deleted, yet I haven't received the "magical bronze spam-reporter badge" - what's up with that?

    tnjman


    I think that one has been retired (or there's some magical dance we need to do to get it that no one is telling us about). I've reported tons of spam and never seen it appear.

    Don't retire TechNet! - (Maybe there's still a chance for hope, over 12,110+ strong and growing)

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:54 PM
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  • The DANCE! Yes, I forgot about that! Spin around 3 times in front of a mirror, chanting "Where's my Spam Bronze, where's my Spam Bronze?" ;-)

    tnjman

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:44 PM
  • Which brings up another question (or two) - which badges HAVE been retired? I see some people who have (not too long ago) gotten the "Busy Bee About Me" badge - and I thought that one was retired.

    Maybe we need a "Retired Achievements" Wiki, annotating the expiration date on certain achievements (like the one on milk).

    Or... were there some "manual intervention" achievements; i.e., a Moderator has to "notice" that we reported spam, and then give us the credit?


    tnjman


    NAOMI? ED? Thoughts, comments?
    • Edited by TNJMAN Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:52 PM ..
    Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:49 PM
  • I see I have both medals. I thought SPAM medal is not retired and it's automatic, although I'm not sure.  

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    Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:13 PM
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