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hey Tammy, I got an idea for an automatic spam helper

By Deadly Ernest ·
I know we have to enter a valid email address when we register, and it has a confirmation system that's goes through that email. I'm also pretty sure that the email address change service requires a valid email address and confirmation service too.

OK, so let's set up a bit of code so that when a post gets hit as spam, the poster gets sent an automatic email that his post xxxx has been tagged as spam. And have this set so if it gets bounced, the account gets locked out.

that way, every time one of us hit the button on a spammer, they get a message in their mail box about the spam, and have to deal with them.

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I like it

by JackOfAllTech In reply to hey Tammy, I got an idea ...
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I like the bounce idea

by NickNielsen In reply to hey Tammy, I got an idea ...

Email invalid? Out of here.

Although it's a painintheass for everybody, I'm starting to think TR should consider using a confirmation email before new members are allowed to post. It would at least ensure they start with a valid email address.

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Great Idea!

by GSG In reply to hey Tammy, I got an idea ...

This would still allow people to post without having to use a captcha, or some other obnoxious step.

You deserve the Great Idea of the Week award!

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Just one little problem....

by tcavadias Staff In reply to hey Tammy, I got an idea ...

>>>OK, so let's set up a bit of code so that when a post gets hit as spam, the poster gets sent an automatic email that his post xxxx has been tagged as spam. And have this set so if it gets bounced, the account gets locked out.

There is a couple problems with this.

1: You could very well lock out legit users. Maybe they moved got a new email address, and just forgot to change their email address to reflect. (can you imagine the field day one could have if one was a tad upset with another member and just hit the button - because)

2: One is assuming that spammers who have to provide a valid email are later changing that valid email to a fake one.

In this day and age when throw away accounts are so easy to come by, the likelihood of this happening is extremely slim. One can easily obtain a throw away email account, spam, and forget about that email account they created in gmail/yahoo/hotmail, etc...

I do like your way of thinking though - a spam for a spam :-)

-Tammy [_]3

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Tammy, I don't think they are big issues. look at the process

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Just one little problem.. ...

regarding the suggested lock out.

1. the member would need to lose the email address they gave TR and not realise it when their newsletters stop arriving, which I will admit is possible as not everyone gets them.

2. They post a message another member sees as spam. A very low probability event for a normal member.

3. Another member hits the button on them.

4. The email is sent and bounced.

5. The account is locked until reviewed by TR staff, such as yourself. If only one or two messages tagged, or whatever, TR staff then choose to either kill account or reinstate.

At this point TR knows the persons email address is invalid and can post a message on the board for the member to contact them or update their email account info.

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Second point, re free accounts.

This process would result in the account being killed and the account owner's email address being placed on a list of unacceptable users. Thus, every time they spam TR, they have to go through the process of opening a new account to do so. Eventually, they'll find that too much trouble.

Also, if you go through the process of reporting their email account to the service admin, the account should get closed, and whatever account they used to create the original should also get put on the alert list. Hopefully, this will lead, in the long term, to their main account being found and closed. Or they have to go to a long and extensive process of opening accounts to open accounts to open accounts to post spam, and they get fed up.

If they enter a spoof address, they only get to post about half a dozen spams before the account is locked up. Saves us all a lot of trouble. And if they have a valid address, we're no worse off than we are at the moment. I see this a s a no lose situation.

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Overall, I think the concept has a lot of merit and is well worth trying out, just to see what effect it has.

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