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  • Your example is not "members" adverttising their company products but spam.

    That post and ones like it have been posted in tens of forums at daily intervals bty suppsedly different "members" - in fact just the same annoying person using a new alias when his previous one was (presumably) banned.

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    As a Moderator I delete all product adverts and pseudo product adverts at sight.
    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    Friday, July 31, 2009 2:27 PM
  • thanks Mike

    kaymaf


    I hope this helps, if that is what you want, just mark it as answer so that we can move on
    Friday, July 31, 2009 2:42 PM
  • Your example is not "members" adverttising their company products but spam.

    That post and ones like it have been posted in tens of forums at daily intervals bty suppsedly different "members" - in fact just the same annoying person using a new alias when his previous one was (presumably) banned.

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    As a Moderator I delete all product adverts and pseudo product adverts at sight.
    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx

    On a side note... if moderator roles were not held out as commodity by the administrators, and were given more frequently to those who have been faithfully contributing to the forums, I believe the community could be more self policing, and this kind of issue wouldn't arise so often.  I see posts typically within 10 minutes of posting, and it's quite aggravating when spam pops up, and I have no recourse but to "mark as abusive", and then wait 2-3 days (or forever) for a moderator to get around to deleting it. 
    David Morton - http://blog.davemorton.net/ - @davidmmorton - ForumsBrowser, a WPF MSDN Forums Client
    Friday, July 31, 2009 2:48 PM
  • That's an example of an abandoned forum without active moderators.  Such forums are notoriously overrun by spammers. A community moderator has asked the forum admins to close this forum several times now but without result.  Getting the forum admins to actually administer forums is an uphill battle.

    Hans Passant.
    Friday, July 31, 2009 2:52 PM
  • Or add a Vote as Unhelpful button, give each post a score, and let people choose to view at a certain level, at the very least, "all" and "those not marked down overall". To fight abuse, either show the score, or only allow people with a few medals to mark it down.

    Community moderating *usually* works. It may not work so well in specialized forums, so my idea is very probably a bad one. Nonetheless, it is possibly better than doing nothing at all.
    Friday, July 31, 2009 3:15 PM
  • Community moderating would be a wonderful thing. I know it works wonderfully for another very notable site that's stealing market share from the MSDN Forums, and to which we lose more and more contributers every day.
    David Morton - http://blog.davemorton.net/ - @davidmmorton - ForumsBrowser, a WPF MSDN Forums Client
    Friday, July 31, 2009 3:19 PM
  • I'm just concerned over the types of people that visit each site.

    Perhaps these forums get *everybody*, in which case there needs to be at least one extra check on moderating.

    But who knows?
    Friday, July 31, 2009 3:21 PM
  • The community moderator approach worked very well back in the forums.microsoft.com days.  Spam certainly was never a problem.  David would have been such a moderator a long time ago if the forum admins still endorsed it.  But they don't and never explained why.  Maybe they are uncomfortable about the richest software company in the world relying on volunteers to take care of their primary support channel.

    Ultimately, I think that it will be spam that will undo this new policy.  The MSFT moderators do not clean it up.  If no action is taken, this site will turn into another set of MSN Groups.  And we'll all post at Stackoverflow.com
    Hans Passant.
    Friday, July 31, 2009 4:00 PM
  • Right now the SQL forums are well kept, so i'm ok. They also waste too much of my time, so i can't really go anywhere else. :)

     I'm hoping they do fix it though. If only for the times Microsoft is involved.
    Friday, July 31, 2009 4:22 PM
  • One problems is that (non-MS?) Moderators are restricted to a small set of forums.

    When I see one spam item, I delete it and then see where else the guy has posted it to (by looking at his threads). Sometimes it's in other forums I have moderator rights to (so I delete it there too) but mostly it's not and I can't do a thing.
    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    Friday, July 31, 2009 4:30 PM
  • I don't see a whole lot of spam. It does occur, but the forums I frequent are kept up pretty good.

    C# Express Edition
    C# General
    C# Language
    .NET Base Class Library
    Regular Expressions
    ADO.NET DataSet
    etc.............
    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division, http://www.tfdg.com
    Friday, July 31, 2009 6:04 PM
  • When I see one spam item, I delete it and then see where else the guy has posted it to (by looking at his threads). Sometimes it's in other forums I have moderator rights to (so I delete it there too) but mostly it's not and I can't do a thing.

    Well, at least you can report it as abuse.
    Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:19 AM