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Post of The Month (September)

Maisy is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Shaunie,

​I care. I really relate to what you have been experiencing with the house falling apart, and things not getting fixed due to general shame of the state of the house and not knowing where to begin fixing things or who to contact (you don't want to come across rogue tradesmen). Not even having adequate heating and hot water. And clutter. Everywhere. It's horrible to live in such circumstances, I know. It's hard as well when you see everyone else living a 'normal' life and yet being unable to talk about your situation."
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    The forums have been bombarded with a great deal of spam this month. I've reported spam posts every day lately - some of them are there for hours before they're removed.
    Last edited by Robert; 18-03-2017, 05:36 AM.

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    Originally posted by Robert View Post
    The forums have been bombarded with a great deal of spam this month. I've reported spam posts every day lately - some of them are there for hours before they're removed.

    the mods are doing what they can to keep up with it... they explained why it is happening in a previous thread

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    • #3
      Sometimes we may not get the reports right away to delete the spam posts. I normally delete right as soon as I get the report. But sometimes that is later than when it was reported. Just how it goes.
      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow

      Think ability, not disability

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      • #4
        How many mods are there?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Robert View Post
          How many mods are there?
          A lot. But they have other commitments like jobs, family, education etc. They can't sit and monitor here 24/7. Most the spam happens over night... which is when people sleep

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          • #6
            A lot isn't a number.

            If they worked at different times, they could cover all hours of all days.

            You've been hostile to me in every post - what's your problem with me? I asked you an extremely relevant and extremely useful question to try to help you, but all you've done is bite my head off.

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            • #7
              The mods have lives to live as well. Im just a volunteer so I volunteer my own time to delete spam posts and its not something I can do 24.7..
              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow

              Think ability, not disability

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              • #8
                17 new spamming threads during the last 2 hours!

                If most of them are bots, should new accounts be made to enter CAPTCHA letters in order to prevent bots creating accounts and posting?

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                • #9
                  I deleted quite a few spam posts this morning. I'm keeping an eye on the boards today so I can delete spam straight away.

                  I think the mods are trying to sort it out so there wont be as much spam, but it's not gonna happen over night.

                  I don't really understand your issue, it gets reported and then gets removed.
                  Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow

                  Think ability, not disability

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Robert View Post
                    A lot isn't a number.

                    If they worked at different times, they could cover all hours of all days.

                    You've been hostile to me in every post - what's your problem with me? I asked you an extremely relevant and extremely useful question to try to help you, but all you've done is bite my head off.
                    I think you're being quite rude. Like you should be grateful we even have the boards to come to. Without the time and effort the mods and volunteers put in, the mix wouldn't exist. This is the only support that a lot of people get. Maybe you should think about that before you go off on a rant.
                    With time and support you can start to see out of that dark hole and even feel hopeful - Jo7

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                    • #11
                      You could easily ignore the spam because it will be deleted at some point - it's not a direct issue towards you. Although good on you for reporting it
                      With time and support you can start to see out of that dark hole and even feel hopeful - Jo7

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                      • #12
                        If that doesn't stop them, you could try requiring new accounts to enter CAPTCHA letters before each of their first ten posts on the forums.

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                        • #13
                          I noticed that a high proportion of the spam appeared to be from Russia and Belarus and that a lot of the posts were written in what I think was Russian. I don't know if you can block posts that are written in Russian. I don't know about the technical side, as I've never operated a website. I also don't know why spammers have chosen to bombard the forums in recent weeks.
                          Last edited by Robert; 27-03-2017, 11:16 AM.

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