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    What do you do if you see SPAM?

    If you spot spam, please:

    a) post in the thread to say that you're reporting it
    b) report it

    At the moment we're often seeing our 'reported posts' forum filling up with multiple reports of spammers from different people!

    We appreciate your help in spotting spam, and this policy will help make sure that get exactly the right number of reports of spammy posts.

    Thanks!
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    I would just add by way of clarification:

    c) If you see in a spam post that somebody else has already reported it, don't feel the need to report it yourself. Instead use that time to...

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    So, the clever spammer will post his spam and then, under a different account post that he already reported it.

    This will give a clever spammer approximately 12.5 extra minutes of screentime, which roughly translates into 0.32 $ Cent of money, or 0.008 Ç Cent (conversion rate $/Ç guessed, not googled)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully
    So, the clever spammer will post his spam and then, under a different account post that he already reported it.
    While that's not likely to happen, you're certainly right that it could. For example, there's a spamming method where the first account starts a thread and asks for help with something; this post contains no spam links at all. Then the second account appears and posts a reply containing a spam link that's supposed to solve the original poster's problem.
    Of course, it's unlikely that a spammer would put in a similar amount of effort just to spam EN World.

    Anyway, there's a way to spot a report scam. If someone who has only 1 post claims to have reported something, you should assume that's not correct. You see, a report generates a post (by the reporting user) in the Reported Posts forum and thus, 1 report + 1 post saying 'Reported' = 2 posts.
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    Yeah, I had a rash of those on my site, Darkness. They look innocuous at first...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkness View Post
    Anyway, there's a way to spot a report scam. If someone who has only 1 post claims to have reported something, you should assume that's not correct. You see, a report generates a post (by the reporting user) in the Reported Posts forum and thus, 1 report + 1 post saying 'Reported' = 2 posts.
    Hmm... so all those members overconcerned with postcount have an incentive to report spam. I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully View Post
    So, the clever spammer will post his spam and then, under a different account post that he already reported it.
    Happily we seem to be getting persistent but stupid spammers - probably spambots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slife View Post
    Hmm... so all those members overconcerned with postcount have an incentive to report spam. I like it.
    Apparently, these times are gone now that we have the EN World 2 software upgrade; I just saw a report by a guy with 0 posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slife View Post
    Hmm... so all those members overconcerned with postcount have an incentive to report spam. I like it.
    Actually, if the thread is completely deleted, the postcount +1 for typing in reported will go back -1 when the thread is deleted because it's as if the spam message and the reported message never existed in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Moon View Post
    Actually, if the thread is completely deleted, the postcount +1 for typing in reported will go back -1 when the thread is deleted because it's as if the spam message and the reported message never existed in the first place.
    Yep. Only the Report was a lasting increase.
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