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Chinese Diploma posts

Discussion in 'Forum Problems & Issues' started by Armo, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Armo

    Armo Tele-Holic

    541
    Nov 13, 2008
    Wales
    Looking at the plague of Chinese Dodgy Diploma postings, is it maybe time to introduce one of those 'I am not a bot' things when logging on?
     
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  2. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 10, 2018
    In space with Ziggy
    I think they are actual spammers doing it in person? They are posted at staggered times not all at once. They change names too, a couple different names one at a time one after the other. I have tried to get them worked up enough to respond by using google translator but no go. Maybe the site should feature something illegal in China so they risk prosecution by visiting here?
     
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  3. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    53
    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    That's pretty funny!

    If there's even one legitimate Telecaster affeciando in China, it's not fair that they get blocked due to a few unscrupulous comrades.

    Instead of a generic "click all the photos of bridges" spam filter, how about a filter that requires at least a basic knowledge of the telecaster or guitar?

    For example, "How many pickups are on a Tele?

    "Which famous Fender guitar has three pickups?"

    "The Limeys call 'em valves, the Yanks just call' em ______."

    Or complete the following...

    "Whammy ___"

    "Truss ___"

    Humbuckers and single ____ pickups"

    "Not quite distortion, it's just over______."

    "Rosewood or ______"

    Better than running off potential forum members who happen to be in China...

    Just a thought.
     
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  4. rogb

    rogb Tele-Holic

    859
    Jan 3, 2012
    London, England
    Rosewood or 楓
    Which is the best tonewood?

    They might even know the answer to that!
    紫檀木 of course!:lol:
     
  5. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Can’t they set up the forum so you can’t start a thread until you’ve replied to ten posts or got 10 likes something?

    There’s no way somebody is doing this manually; given the odds of getting a bite from these, it wouldn’t be worth the effort.
     
  6. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 10, 2018
    In space with Ziggy
    I think they usually use this. 红木替代品 含铅涂料
     
  7. rogb

    rogb Tele-Holic

    859
    Jan 3, 2012
    London, England
    Very very good!:lol:
     
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  8. HoodieMcFoodie

    HoodieMcFoodie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    56
    Oct 22, 2007
    Tamworth, 'straya.
    Yes, yes they can. I belong to a motorcycle forum where you can't post any links until you have posted at least 3 normal posts.
     
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  9. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    It's been repeated so very often... just ignore the user ID that is posting the spam, and poof, it's all gone

    It's so easy-peasy and effective that it's really not even worth talking about IMO.
    I would suggest maybe a permanent "sticky" with information on dealing with the issue, in this way.
    And then everyone can shush about it :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Modman68

    Modman68 Tele-Holic

    638
    Mar 27, 2011
    La mesa
    The ignore function doesn’t operate that way on the phone app. The threads still clog the feed, you just don’t see the content if you open them.
     
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  11. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Maybe we could include a little [MODS: oh no you don't!]
     
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  12. Piotr

    Piotr Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 5, 2011
    Poland
    Like free speech? :eek:

    But seriously, this is annoying. Valuable posts get lost among the spam. There should be a simple solution, right?
     
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  13. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    Alaska
    Uh, yes it is.

    I'd guess that the Great Firewall of China is keeping the population of online telecaster aficionados down to a manageable level: 0.
     
  14. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    Here's how it works and why "I Am Not a Bot" won't work...



    Somebody pays these people $5 or so for 1000 forum posts. They probably aren't in China due to the "Great Firewall" but in some other Asian country connecting via various VPN's to make IP address blocking difficult.

    The solution is to make this forum less inviting to new users, legit and spammers. I'd guess the admins have decided in favor of keeping it more open and dealing with the spammers instead of encouraging new users to go elsewhere.
     
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  15. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

    Sep 11, 2016
    Jacksonville
    I for one am grateful for them. No other way I could have gotten seventeen degrees from seventeen different prestigious colleges in almost no time!
    I'm thinking of going for three or four doctorates. :twisted:
     
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  16. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    53
    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply!

    I have to admit, I find myself using the "Ignore" feature more everyday.
     
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