To prevent spam, we have a 30 post minimum

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  1. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    This policy just encourages people to make pointless comments on old threads in order to reach the 30 post limit. Everyday you can see this in action, usually some seo guru or the 'latest one-man digital agency'; today it's a recruitment agency.

    Maybe time to revise this policy, or, perhaps limit posting of links to paid members only?
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  2. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    If you limit it to just paid members then you would miss out on a lot of useful information from people...and would rather have the daft comments on posts rather than the full deluge if anyone could post links.
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  3. Clinton

    Clinton UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Or just ban any newbie who posts an idiot comment or bumps an old thread to make a statement of the obvious.

    But, yes, that would require a revision to the policy ...and the right type of mods!
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Clinton Member since: Jan 17, 2010
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  4. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    You can post a url in plain text; if it's useful enough people will be bothered to copy and paste it. If it's spam people can just ignore?

    I appreciate the sentiment though, it was just an idea.
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  5. Gordon - Commercial Finance

    Gordon - Commercial Finance UKBF Ace Free Member

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    I have been thinking recently it might be worth some kind of introductory info when people sign up, so that they can see before they post...
    Things like:
    • Check the age of a thread before you post on it - our members are scared of zombies
    • Look to contribute to active threads
    • Post relevant information that has not already been covered
    • Spamming or self promotion will get reported and you'll get punted off.
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Gordon - Commercial Finance Member since: Jun 26, 2017
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  6. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    She has been resurrecting threads from over a year ago and repeating what has already been said
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  7. obscure

    obscure UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Genuine new members either ask a question or post something useful in just one or two threads. The spammers post a bunch of worthless comments in several. A clear warning to the members and mods that they will soon spew forth spam and should be banned.
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: obscure Member since: Jan 18, 2008
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  8. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    I can assure you that the mods do delete a lot of junk and ban those who bump their post count with junk. A few still get through but members report and action is taken.
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  9. Clinton

    Clinton UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Reports? I don't know quite what to write in a report about a moron SEO from India who posts, "dear u shd try google to get answer".

    How about an idiot button? Then we can just all click it and get on with our lives.

    (Bonus: You might get enough clicks on my posts to ban me permanently!)
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: Clinton Member since: Jan 17, 2010
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  10. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    How about a feature where posts from new members remain hidden until a moderator manually approves them? This would keep the idiots busy while allowing others to remain blissfully unaware of their existence?
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  11. itsnathanhere

    itsnathanhere UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Maybe change it from a number of posts to a certain number of "thanks" points? You're killing two birds with one stone that way. You get rid of the pointless posts, but you're also ensuring the people posting links are the ones positively contributing to the forum.
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: itsnathanhere Member since: Nov 7, 2011
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  12. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    You do what I do and just write 'idiot post'
    There already is in the SEO forum. Maybe this can be extended to other forums...
    I've been called a troll, numpty and idiot on numerous occasions. You can almost hear them spluttering in anger as they reply to my posts.
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  13. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    So 30 likes? That would mean you only need 19 more to post links...

    The system has been working well for a number of years. If someone does have a really useful link to share and posts with spaces they can always ask a mod to edit the post to make the link live.
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  14. itsnathanhere

    itsnathanhere UKBF Regular Full Member

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    So be it, if it's what the forum needs to progress. But who said anything about it being 30? even 5 useful, helpful posts is more than your average spammer's going to bother with.
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: itsnathanhere Member since: Nov 7, 2011
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  15. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Some are immune to being called idiot.
    Several years back I was on a forum and the guy with the most positives count on his posts was the same guy with the most negatives count. On the same posts. Nothing wrong with the posts, they were helpful to the OP in a thread.

    Give trolls and idiots an idiot button to use and they can use it where they do not like the poster.
    Admittedly there are several posters on the forums that I do not read any more (block button is wonderful)
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  16. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    The amount of spam the forum gets is tiny compared to the number of posts. Most of it never even gets published.

    Using the thanks button probably won't work as spammer A will team up with spammer B and keep thanking each other.
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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