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    Default How do you report someone??

    I noticed a new member adding links to a bunch of pages. I believe this is someone the mods would remove. How do I report the person to a mod?? The member is sdif34463.

    I tried the search option for info--I came up empty.

    So do NOT tell me to search prior threads.

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    look at the top left of the post next to the post number and reputation scales. there is a small triangle. . click on it and it send the mods a message for spam etc....
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    Thanks for bringing this user to our attention, AFHunter. It looks like another mod beat me to the punch.

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    Default guidelines ?

    I should probably know this already but, are there some set of guidelines somewhere about posting, or PMing, etc. what the Mods are looking for to avoid problems?

    I'm not tech savvy enuf to get in trouble probably but wonder what is allowed and what is not. in reponse to OP above, what does "too many links" do to cause spam? Something to inform us as to what to report to Mods when we see it.

    Tips on avoiding spam also? for example I just got my first spam email resulting from Forum use and wonder if there is a way to avoid that. I have high end spam block software on all my computers and very rarely see it so was surprised to see that.
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    Thanks for the info guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    I should probably know this already but, are there some set of guidelines somewhere about posting, or PMing, etc. what the Mods are looking for to avoid problems?

    I'm not tech savvy enuf to get in trouble probably but wonder what is allowed and what is not. in reponse to OP above, what does "too many links" do to cause spam? Something to inform us as to what to report to Mods when we see it.

    Tips on avoiding spam also? for example I just got my first spam email resulting from Forum use and wonder if there is a way to avoid that. I have high end spam block software on all my computers and very rarely see it so was surprised to see that.
    As for the e-mailed spam, I got that too, and it's the first time that has happened on here that I'm aware of. We had a problem with PM spam a while back, but we tamed that beast. If the e-mail spam starts happening regularly, we'll take steps to combat it.

    As for what is allowed and what to look for, check out the FAQ at the top of the page which will link to the forum rules. Generally you'll know spam when you see it - it usually makes no sense at all and is just tacked onto other posts - but we do appreciate reported posts of other forum rule violations. We try to run a tight ship here, but it only works due to the help we get from members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    I should probably know this already but, are there some set of guidelines somewhere about posting, or PMing, etc. what the Mods are looking for to avoid problems?

    I'm not tech savvy enuf to get in trouble probably but wonder what is allowed and what is not. in reponse to OP above, what does "too many links" do to cause spam? Something to inform us as to what to report to Mods when we see it.

    Tips on avoiding spam also? for example I just got my first spam email resulting from Forum use and wonder if there is a way to avoid that. I have high end spam block software on all my computers and very rarely see it so was surprised to see that.
    Spammers are usually trying to get published links to their websites posted on high traffic sites. Basically this gives their site more visibility on search engines like google which makes their site more valuable. Lots of reasons why but they are technical and honestly boring. There is also retail or wholesale spam where sites post links to places where they sell goods, usually chinese knockoffs. Last and worst is pornography. We have taken pretty extensive steps to prevent pornography from being posted on our forum but it has happened and with all likelihood will happen again. We have a great mod team that is literally around the world (I am in Baghdad right now) and there is usually at least one of us on at all times. We don't really work for the site but we all spent enough time here that the staff asked us to help out.

    Good things to know to spot spammers:

    They frequently have weird names, with a bunch of numbers and seemingly random letters.
    They usually have very low post counts.
    They almost always post a link in all of their posts.
    They tend to post things completely unrelated to the subject of the thread.
    They may have explicit names
    They may seem to be posting on topic but it is often "I agree" followed by a generic broken english sentence that doesn't make sense in the thread and a link.
    They tend to be repetitive with the same post in multiple forums
    Obvious ones will say something like FREE IPOD!! or FREE VIAGRA...

    Avoid going to these sites they are scammers and could try and infect your computer with a virus or more likely direct you to porn or some shady place to steal your credit card while promising to sell you a new iphone for $20.

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    Default have to say why?

    Just wondering, do you have to fillout the "reason for report" part, especially if it is obviously a spammer? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    Just wondering, do you have to fillout the "reason for report" part, especially if it is obviously a spammer? Thanks
    Nah, don't bother with the spammers. If it is something else, let us know, but for spam just send along the report. They hit us pretty hard this morning, but with all the reported post messages rolling in, we were able to make pretty short work of most of them.

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