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    Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    We seem to be undergoing a sustained attack by test0ster0ne-peddling spammers... Currently 6/21 posts on the first page of new posts are spam.

    Is there a simple way to increase the size of the pool of of those select individuals who can kill these threads and bar the spammers? Is the active admin/moderator pool large enough?
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Or is there a way to hide them from feed?
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    If you hide them, we can't deal with them.

    Honestly, it's nothing. Another forum I frequent (not as a moderator) had three pages of it this morning, and that's a daily event.
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Are there enough moderators to cope with the SPAM we get? Yes. That is not to say that there should not be more moderators! Please bear in mind that it's Saturday, and whilst I'm at work, most in the UK are probably pottering or contemplating brunch, and our US cousins will still be a-bed.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    There a tool to move threads. In this case even there is no need to indicate it.
    i'd recommend to name a new subforum as Excel diversification

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Whenever spam threads are spotted or reported we delete them and ban the perpetrators as quickly as we can, please keep reporting any spam posts you find

    We are investigating whether we can do more, e.g. don't allow new users to post links
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by tim201110 View Post
    There a tool to move threads. In this case even there is no need to indicate it.
    i'd recommend to name a new subforum as Excel diversification
    I don't know what you are trying to suggest, Tim, but spammers need banning, not a forum section all of their own.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    This post was originally posted by me in the moderators' forum back in May 2014, after a particularly prolonged spell of fitted kitchen spam being posted that some of you may remember.
    The subject matter of the spam has since moved on somewhat, but the relevance of this post is the same as ever. But come on, it's nearly four years ago now, and we're still no nearer despite countless suggestions and requests.

    Quote Originally Posted by dominicb View Post
    OK. There are new measures in place to stop spam getting through, and it clearly isn't working.
    Apparently, we aren't the only forum suffering from the attentions of the kitchen fitter from hell and all his mates, so clearly it isn't the TT's fault ('cos they seem to get a fair amount of flak over things like this). Why not change the way it's dealt with once it gets through and not focus on stopping it at source.

    Can a "Spam" sub forum not be set up? It's not as daft as it sounds and some other forums (fora?) have them. Allow respected members (gurus etc upwards) to be able to move spam there as and when they find it, rather than having to report it. A mod / admin then have a mass clear-out (delete and ban) once a week. Doing it this way would be far speedier than doing it on the ad-hoc basis going across different forums (fora?) the way it has to be done at the moment. Also it would save respected members of the forum having to report the issues and give them a little extra responsibility as well.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Tim/Dominic's suggestion sounds sensible. There are plenty of us who'd be prepared spend a bit of time to help keep the place tidier....

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    my 2 cents: without: wait 60 secs
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    And what exactly does that mean, Sandy?

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    If I report 1st spam then next I see: wait 60 seconds.This is wasting of my time if there is more than 1 spam

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    On this issue I concure with sandy666.
    When I'm at work at night and I have a few minutes to spare I tend to race to my laptop to see what's going on.
    A few nights ago I spotted 3 or 4 spam threads which I could have delt with in 10 seconds. Now it almost took me 5 minutes just to report them.
    Therefore Dominic's suggestion doesn't sound that silly at all.
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Something went wrong there, Rudi - there are no newly reported posts by you.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    @post #12
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