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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.

-Ilya

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We can't see all the previous

We can't see all the previous ones, beta_helix has done a good job of cleaning them off.

Do you want to be notified of new occurrences by email or PM (fold.it Message) ?

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Either way should work.

Either way should work. Posting a comment here is fine as well.

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Fresh spam
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Can you delete the comment

Can you delete the comment when you delete the spam, please?

Seeing my SPAM alerts laying around is almost as annoying as the SPAM itself.

Thanks.

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good call

that's just laziness on my part because once we report a user as Spammer it goes through all their posts and deletes them all...

so as long as you only post one comment/per spam user, we'll remove yours as well.

thanks!

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breath8971 spamer

http://fold.it/portal/node/987232

breath8971 is spamer, as you can see in the profile
About me:
vending machine
breathalyzer
coin operated breathalyzer

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Thanks, LennStar.

Thanks, LennStar.

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spam in wiki

spam added to wiki by Rikky7
in http://foldit.wikia.com/wiki/Serine

A link to "Tattoo designs reviews"

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Some more spam about handbags
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User is

lange001

We definetly need a Spam button.

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Some more spam

In:
http://fold.it/portal/node/987267

User:
jaintuff

User details: None.

Maybe, it will help that somebody can only write into a thread if he has given some details about himself in his profile?

Okay, somebody can give some false details about himself (so he can call himself Santa living at the Northpole), but even creating a profile needs some time.

I do it this way:
If I receive a message in ICQ, and there are no user details in his profile, I don't give an answer and block him.
Because, those people who really want to participate here, and have no evil intentions, won't have have a prob to give some details about themselves, even only a photo or in which country they do live.

Criminals, Trolls and other scoundrels want to be anonymus, right?

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In addition...

...I can't remind of getting an ulocking mail to my Email account, which I had to click to participate in this game and fori.

I suppose, the email-adress is just stored for receiving messages.

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This type of spam is probably

This type of spam is probably written by bots. Some spam bots can fill profile information with random information.
Integrating http://recaptcha.net/ might help.

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Profile spam

In the forum thread http://fold.it/portal/node/986624 the "players"
AnthonyDaniel http://fold.it/portal/user/127056
andyameed http://fold.it/portal/user/127100 and
reklammicke http://fold.it/portal/user/127433
suggest to run foldit on Windows 7 w/o any problems.
In their profiles you can see that they never played foldit even for a second but use their profiles for spamming only. And @Crashguard303: one of them actually uploaded a profile photo.

I'm not sure why exactly they are doing this but could it be some sort of SEO spam?

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thanks...

got rid of all 3, thanks!

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More spam and profile spam

Profile spam:
Two comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/987247 from
marthasp6s http://fold.it/portal/user/132844 and
deadale http://fold.it/portal/user/133897

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/987010 from
Savings Account http://fold.it/portal/user/128215

Three comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986908 from
Savings Account http://fold.it/portal/user/128215
andri2121 http://fold.it/portal/user/131966 and
kimmurphy22 http://fold.it/portal/user/133042

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986632 from
Savings Account http://fold.it/portal/user/128215

Spam:
The comment from Rosetaylor http://fold.it/portal/user/133430 in http://fold.it/portal/node/987064 is spam about diet pills.

The comment from kayseri http://fold.it/portal/user/132817 in http://fold.it/portal/node/986908 is spam.

Two comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986891 from
jolyenx http://fold.it/portal/user/127448 and
aqvapex http://fold.it/portal/user/130075 are spam. aqvapex is also a profile spammer.

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Even more spam

Two comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/987091 from
jesswilliams81 http://fold.it/portal/user/127976 (profile spam) and
diyetcenter http://fold.it/portal/user/132811 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986940 from
sparklingwindow http://fold.it/portal/user/130197 (profile spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986920 from
stuartry http://fold.it/portal/user/130729 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986804 from
yancy http://fold.it/portal/user/129387 (spam)

Three comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986772 from
Policy123 http://fold.it/portal/user/123558 (spam)
shreyas m http://fold.it/portal/user/126923 (spam) and
richgarry http://fold.it/portal/user/127668 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986716 from
johnyodds http://fold.it/portal/user/124532 (spam & profile spam)

Two comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986692 from
Ca Homes http://fold.it/portal/user/131662 (spam) and
Mavili Utku http://fold.it/portal/user/132820 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986584 from
Ca Homes http://fold.it/portal/user/131662 (bollocks)

Eight comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986517 from
merhametsuz http://fold.it/portal/user/125775 (2x bollocks & 3x spam)
ozcansarica http://fold.it/portal/user/125779 (spam)
hikmetıu http://fold.it/portal/user/131815 (spam) and
Jack_Kallis http://fold.it/portal/user/131554 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986507 from
Mavili Utku http://fold.it/portal/user/132820 (spam)

Eight comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986172 from
salvina http://fold.it/portal/user/114936 (spam)
Kevin.Goodman http://fold.it/portal/user/117182 (spam)
Policy123 http://fold.it/portal/user/123558 (spam)
gdfh http://fold.it/portal/user/124185 (spam)
Katie22 http://fold.it/portal/user/124736 (spam)
hfg http://fold.it/portal/user/126070 (2x spam) and
vikojhons http://fold.it/portal/user/128631 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/986155 from
Savings Account http://fold.it/portal/user/128215 (profile spam)

Two comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986098 from
quality http://fold.it/portal/user/114927 (spam) and
adam001 http://fold.it/portal/user/123226 (spam)

Three comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/986224 from
bunnyolive http://fold.it/portal/user/114541 (spam)
luismac8 http://fold.it/portal/user/116473 (spam) and
lisa121 http://fold.it/portal/user/123135 (spam & profile spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/985967 from
Policy123 http://fold.it/portal/user/123558 (spam)

Four comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/985702 from
cingirock http://fold.it/portal/user/113674 (spam)
netkeyfim http://fold.it/portal/user/116033 (spam)
salincak http://fold.it/portal/user/120059 (spam) and
Policy123 http://fold.it/portal/user/123558 (spam)

One comment in http://fold.it/portal/node/985697 from
max4 http://fold.it/portal/user/115950 (spam)

Five comments in http://fold.it/portal/node/985299 from
merhametsuz http://fold.it/portal/user/125775 (2x spam)
ozcansarica http://fold.it/portal/user/125779 (spam)
dada http://fold.it/portal/user/126436 (spam) and
Asilsohbet http://fold.it/portal/user/131116 (spam)

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SEO?

@Madde:

They use Photos at now?
Well, what a criminal energy!

What is SEO spam?

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SEO = Search Engine Optimization

If you want a website X to rank higher in Google* search results, you'll need a large number of high-rated websites linking to site X. So the spammer creates an fold.it**-account, places a link to site X in his/her profile and writes a comment (with or without links) in an old, buried part of the blog/news section***, where no man will ever find it. The Google*-robots will find it anyway and - via the automatic link to the profile - they'll also find the link to site X.

*or any other search engine
**one of the high-rated websites
***or posts a normal looking - though not very substantial - message somewhere in the brighter parts

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New one

Well... kinda clever... in a different way :/

By the way, some new spam here:

Topic-Node: http://fold.it/portal/node/987267
Username: hisenail
Adress: http://fold.it/portal/user/135581

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More profile spam
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?

How did you get all those Profiles?
Did you check them one by one?

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This is such a waste of time

This is such a waste of time chasing this stuff.

Would it be so bad to just not allow links in the profile?

There is already a homepage link space which can be abused, but to just allow free-form links in the profile text seems to be more troublesome than it's worth.

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Umm...

Brick, I don't want to write a complete profile from scratch on all internet-sites I am.
So I like the possibility to create a link in the profile, because I can refer to my MySpace-Account to give more detailed information without writing everything time and again.

But you are right. The more links, the more trouble.
There should not be the possibility to create more than one link in the profile.
The Homepage link is just enough.

Maybe we can introduce a rating for those links.

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Well, I don't feel the need

Well, I don't feel the need to even have a profile. What's the point?

I have a pseudo-name (ID), my scores and ranking, and possibly a team membership. Even a location is stretching it. I guess I'm just not vain enough to believe that anyone needs or wants to read anything more about me.

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As I wrote in feedback

As I wrote in feedback http://fold.it/portal/node/987236 "allow posting links only to players who achieved at least "Baby Steps" or "Sidechains". The same should apply to links in profiles."

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Some more about profiles

Having a profile is a way to show that you are real, and has nothing to do of beiing vain or an exhibitionist, as far as you don't write everything about yourself.

As I said before, someone who isn't criminal and does only good things should have nothing, which he has to hide.

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Some more...
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Here are three
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No more posting URLs

Users that have not played Foldit should no longer be able to post URLs anywhere on the site, including their profiles. At least that's the idea behind the Antispam module that I wrote and installed. Please let me know if you see any spam URLs anywhere. It would imply a bug in my code. thanks.

=I.

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more spammers

Hey, Ilya.

Thank you for the mass spammer deletion. But more are already joining the ranks!

Check out the newest page of "players with profiles":

http://fold.it/portal/players/profs?page=50

They are joining and posting their putrid links.

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Ok, all those of all those

Ok, all those of all those guys. Good looking out, BootsMcGraw.

-I.

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This is the first profile

This is the first profile spammer who actually "played"* Foldit:
http://fold.it/portal/user/131325

*) 13 moves

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stricter?

we could be very strict about posting links (ie after >15), but make sure that any newbie can post to ask questions (without links).

maybe if they have to play Foldit that much before posting links they will change their spammer ways ;-)

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Another spam post
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nice catch...

got it, thanks!

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nice catch

nice catch

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A troll...
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troll is now gone

Thanks Crashguard...
I'm actually surprised that we've only had 1 spammer thread in the forum this week, what with the all the new users that joined!

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CAPTCHA

How about a CAPTCHA-confirmation not only when posting links, but also when new threads are opened or the user writes submits his very first text?

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well...

...I hope, they are regular new users, one of them is an ex-workmate I invited ;)

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Another one ^

Looks like another one has emerged

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Top Evolvers this week

If you go to "Top Evolvers this week" http://fold.it/portal/players/e_week
and look at the end of even the first page, you find some users like
"MobilePhoneDeals" and "PaulaAutoInsurance".

How about them?

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Kartei-Leichen

...and how about inactive Users?
How about claning up zombie data?

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nice catch

thanks for catching those, I removed them...

I guess we could remove all inactive Users, but they aren't really hurting anyone, right?
I think some players might be mad if they wanted to come back and their account were gone.

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removing zombies

That's right, they don't hurt anyone.

On the other hand, you've got the E-Mail-Adress of them, and I know this from other sites that you get an E-Mail, if you were inactive for some time (let's say a year or so).

Some accounts are only not used again, because the user forgot his password and is too lazy to retrieve it, and maybe he has already created a new one.
If zombie accounts would be deleted, you can better watch those acounts which remain, having a better overview.

Just my two cents.

regards,
Alex

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got a new one
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Looks like SPAM

tastes like SPAM, must be SPAM.

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Oops...

That was too fast.
Forget about this.

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