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  • Question

  • Cannot the mighty MSFT prevent porn adverstisements from showing up every day in their forums?

    JP Cowboy Coders Unite!

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:03 PM

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  • In the forums I moderate, I check the deleted posts daily. I am amazed at the number of spam threads deleted by the spam filter, which I almost never see before they are deleted. I used to see a few posts deleted by mistake, which is why I check. However, I don't believe I've undeleted a falsely deleted posts in months. I conclude the spam filter is doing a much better job than in the past.

    Of course, this effort requires constant attention. The spammers constantly come up with new tricks. There was a flood of pre-season football spam last week in the msdn forums. It took somebody a few hours to remove it all.

    In which forums do you see spam? I honestly have not had to delete spam myself in a few months.

    I just filtered on "Deleted" threads in this forum (Forums Issues). 4 porn spam threads were deleted yesterday, August 19. 1 was deleted on the 17th and 18 were deleted on the 16th. I don't believe anyone saw any of these. I found no false positives.


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services


    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:15 PM
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  • They could probably turn up the heat on the spam filter, but that'll most likely just end up causing more false positives. From what I've seen, reporting the post as spam and posting in the spam threads gets rid of most of it pretty quickly.

    I usually don't see much spam at all, I'm quite lucky in that the forums I frequent aren't generally spam targets.


    Don't retire TechNet!

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:11 PM
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  • In the forums I moderate, I check the deleted posts daily. I am amazed at the number of spam threads deleted by the spam filter, which I almost never see before they are deleted. I used to see a few posts deleted by mistake, which is why I check. However, I don't believe I've undeleted a falsely deleted posts in months. I conclude the spam filter is doing a much better job than in the past.

    Of course, this effort requires constant attention. The spammers constantly come up with new tricks. There was a flood of pre-season football spam last week in the msdn forums. It took somebody a few hours to remove it all.

    In which forums do you see spam? I honestly have not had to delete spam myself in a few months.

    I just filtered on "Deleted" threads in this forum (Forums Issues). 4 porn spam threads were deleted yesterday, August 19. 1 was deleted on the 17th and 18 were deleted on the 16th. I don't believe anyone saw any of these. I found no false positives.


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services


    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:15 PM
    Moderator
  • Okay, this is quite funny timing. Forum Issues is currently overrun with escort spam.

    Don't retire TechNet!

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:54 PM
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  • This is ridiculous. The speed of these threads being posted alone should trip the spam filter.

    Don't retire TechNet!

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:00 PM
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  • Sorry, I missed the entire event. But that's the way it happens, a flurry of posts in a few minutes. I see them all deleted now. I also see that you (Mike) marked most abusive, but a few were not, which I assume means the spam filter deleted them before you were able to mark them abusive. I do the same, try to flag as many as possible, just to make them stand out for someone. And I delete if I have permission. I don't know why this forum would be a target.


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:58 PM
    Moderator
  • It is a target because it gets traffic.  They are not trying to advertise to the readers of the forum, but rather put the links on a high traffic area so they are indexed by Google and will come up in searches by people who...ahem...are looking for those "services".

     

    And yes, the speed at which the posts are put up should most DEFINITELY flag them as spam all by itself.  That is Spam Filtering 101.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:19 PM
  • You can also report them in the Report Spam sticky thread in this forum.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:36 AM
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  • I don't know why this forum would be a target.

    Well, it's not the strangest forum I've seen spam in. That would probably be the Retired Office Web Apps setup forum which actually has a bunch of spam in it right now that'll I'll be reporting after I hit Submit.

    EDIT: Wow. 94 of the 174 threads in that forum are escort spam by a single bot.

    You can also report them in the Report Spam sticky thread in this forum.

    I certainly do.


    Don't retire TechNet!


    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:59 AM
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