Spam fighting

Case number:845818-987236
Topic:Game: Social
Opened by:Madde
Opened on:Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 11:01
Last modified:Friday, September 16, 2016 - 16:51

As I wrote in the forum a few weeks ago ( #8 and #15) allow posting links only to players who achieved at least "Baby Steps" or "Sidechains".

The same should apply to links in profiles.
Negative examples:

I've never seen a spammer who played Foldit even for 3 seconds so I think this restriction would help most.

(Tue, 01/19/2010 - 11:01  |  13 comments)

Joined: 05/26/2008
Groups: Hold My Beer

unfortunately this would also block people that are having problems with installation/login/etc. We do get get questions from time to time about these problems from people that have never actually been able to login.

Joined: 05/26/2008
Groups: Hold My Beer

i know it's just links, but sometimes this is important, and spammers will simply leave it typed out, or find a different way usually. Perhaps a spam button can be implemented, that if 5 registered users click it, it will remove the offending post until a moderator has the chance to view/approve/deny it ?

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Like the +/- voting buttons on BOINC that were so heavily abused that they've been shut off on virtually every project?

I guess we could try it using the existing voting buttons and see if it gets abused. Maybe this group is better mannered.

Very on topic - I see new SPAM from 'deLi' on a handfull of forum posts.

Maybe just a faster way to get admin attention? The SPAM button could email a handful of team members who might have different schedules for better coverage.

Joined: 11/14/2009
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I will be working on the solution to the spam problem. Please send me links of spam content. I will analyze how they got there past the current spam defenses, delete them and adjust the website accordingly.


Joined: 09/18/2009
Groups: SETI.Germany

I think the idea of Steven Pletsch to block people, who have not played even one single puzzle is good.

To help those people, who can't even log in into the game, we could create ONLY ONE single thread open for all, which is cropped from time to time.

This should work, as the newbs problems are most time similar.

Joined: 09/18/2009
Groups: SETI.Germany

In addition, as Brick said, a SPAM button is also a good idea.

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Restrict new players to selected topics in forum and other areas of foldit, until unlocking a preset lever of "Achievements" as in madde idea.
The restriction would be only for reply/submit of posts. They would be still able to view all post on forum/feedback/foldit blog/news.
I think the threads that would help people who are “having problems with installation/login/etc" should be open, other threads could be restricted.

Joined: 06/17/2010

Great idea.
User that have at least "baby steps" should be able to post anything on forum/feedback.

Joined: 09/22/2011
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Re: forums, a similar restriction already exists on many different forum sites, where users cannot post any links on the forum, until they have created at least 5 posts. A similar idea could be adopted on the Foldit forums.

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new spammer and forum post:

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thanks... player is gone.

Joined: 10/23/2014
Groups: Contenders
Topic: Server » Game: Social
Status: Closed » Open

I noticed an uptick on spam comments lately.

Not sure what constraints (if any) have been initiated but they aren't working very well. As pointed out the offending players never plays a single puzzle.

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As always, the war on spam is something we do our best to stay on top of.

See spam? Be sure to send me a PM so we can get to it faster over here.


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