You know, the garbage threads that are appearing an awful lot lately?
Replying to these spam threads, even to say 'reported', only alerts the spammer/spam bot to the fact that this is an active forum and we will get hit harder. Plus more posts that the moderators have to delete when they are removing the spam threads.
Just report them (little triangle icon) and be on your way .
Just a friendly PSA from a user who doesn't want even more of these things appearing.
I'm sure the "report" button includes a link to the thread. Can't imagine it leaves the mods to scroll through and look for anything. Bumping the thread up only gives the spammers more reason to hit us again.
Actually, the Mods do like a 'reported' note because then they don't a humpty billion reports coming in for the same spam post.
Spammers hit so many places that I don't think one post matters, I don't think they check back, not worth the time. Plus if they do, they're going to know it's an active board when the post is deleted anyway.
Perhaps a moderator could weigh in with their preferred procedure?
In many forums you have to delete every post on a thread to delete the thread.
The spambots are there to generate pageviews for the links they post, and I understood that replies increase their attacks because TRAFFIC! - but I can't find a source for that so perhaps I was just passing along hearsay.
I honestly don't know how things work from the spammers' perspectives, but adding a "reported" notation to a thread is helpful for us, but it's not necessary.
When a post is reported, a thread is created in a private moderator forum, and each time an additional report is made for that same post, it's added to that thread as an additional post. I have it set up so I get an email for each reported post made, so I will get a bunch of duplicate emails each time the same post is reported.
When a spammer starts a thread, if I get an alert, I will delete all posts/threads by that spammer (with a "delete all posts" function), then delete that spammer, so if a spammer has multiple posts, you only have to report one of them.
It's really fine either way though. We appreciate the help! We've had another little uptick in spammers again lately (we're catching a whole bunch before they hit the live site too), so we'll probably be rotating the "horsey questions" again for the registration process.