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Old 08-27-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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has anyone thought about prohibiting self-promotional links of any kind or sort until the "new" member has like 100 posts?

it's quite one thing for a new member to turn up useful information - and a lot of that is best conveyed by posting a link vs. idiots like katie (another place) who thinks it's perfectly wonderful to cut and paste copyrighted materials into a forum "because since it's on the internet they meant to share it" - (no kidding - that's her "justification" . . . )

but this "Hi I think eggs and garlic is wonderful and _here's my site/blog_" really does not excite me.

now, true true true - it's gonna take a mod / admin to recognize a 'self-promotion' - but I'd vote for that TOS - and I am not bothered by participating members with self-promotional links in the sig/msgs.

it's a question of "are you participating or are you just here for the spamming?"

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Old 08-27-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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We were actually working on something like that...trying to put me out of a job?
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We were actually working on something like that...trying to put me out of a job?

If you build a better mouse trap the mice will just get sneakier.

I just ignore them unless I have come to trust the person doing the posting.

Like my friend Peggy in Customer Service.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #5
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has anyone thought about prohibiting self-promotional links of any kind or sort until the "new" member has like 100 posts?

it's quite one thing for a new member to turn up useful information - and a lot of that is best conveyed by posting a link vs. idiots like katie (another place) who thinks it's perfectly wonderful to cut and paste copyrighted materials into a forum "because since it's on the internet they meant to share it" - (no kidding - that's her "justification" . . . )

but this "Hi I think eggs and garlic is wonderful and _here's my site/blog_" really does not excite me.

now, true true true - it's gonna take a mod / admin to recognize a 'self-promotion' - but I'd vote for that TOS - and I am not bothered by participating members with self-promotional links in the sig/msgs.

it's a question of "are you participating or are you just here for the spamming?"
Bravo!!!!

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We were actually working on something like that
You actually have to 'work' on something like that?????
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:12 PM   #6
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A tourniquet, stethoscope and thermometer are my favored tools...I let those with computer smarts work on programs keeping spammers at bay...
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:13 PM   #7
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I just wanted to post here to show off my new sig
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #8
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Posts like those are pretty obvious even to newcomers like me. This is the first time I've ever joined a forum of any kind.
Hope I haven't posted any links I shouldn't have :( Don't think I have but I'm still getting the hang of this so maybe I did.
I think it's a good idea :)
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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>>You actually have to 'work' on something like that?????

well, the actual real life answer is: yes.

some msg 1/2/3 spammers actually do go on to become participating valued members. oh, yeah - about 98.652389 and two tenths% don't - it's 1,2,3 msgs with "and here's my sign" and they're never seen again.

it's a very big judgment call. and the really big down side is the time required for a mod/admin to personally / kindly / non-aggressively/ not-to-irritate interact with the 'new member/spammer' to decipher which side of that forward slash they're on.....
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I just wanted to post here to show off my new sig
So I had to go and try click on the darn thing!!!!!!
I no longer use tippex on my screen though :p It's really hard to get off!
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Posts like those are pretty obvious even to newcomers like me.
Me too.... Nor does it require me a lot of judgement ..or a Computer Science Degree.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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tough call. I trust my mods. They're nothing like "Peggy."

I, too, just ignore. In fact, I view all clickable links with circumspect. There are also some talented cooks here that I wish had a blog or site where it all comes together instead of bits and pieces of bulletin posts.

I take it personally when half-butt spammers try to steal my DC friends.
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Me too.... Nor does it require me a lot of judgement ..or a Computer Science Degree.
Not at all, just some common sense
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Me too.... Nor does it require me a lot of judgement ..or a Computer Science Degree.
We are discussing a program that will weed them out while being posted...they would get caught then.
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We are discussing a program that will weed them out while being posted...they would get caught then.
Sounds like the U.S. Congress.....
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If I see a spam post, I report it to the mods/admins so they can deal with it.

The mods and admins here do a great job but can't see all the posts all the time. It helps if responsible members report miscreants.
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I just wanted to post here to show off my new sig

Hey Fred, the link in your sig doesn't work!!!
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A tourniquet, stethoscope and thermometer are my favored tools...I let those with computer smarts work on programs keeping spammers at bay...
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If I see a spam post, I report it to the mods/admins so they can deal with it.
I report often................................. .....................
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