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  • dholt
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    I was talking more of banning sites as it seemed the more I banned the more incoming bots I got. I understand the Importance of keeping the forum clean but after setting up a forum for it that is not linked or even in the search so Google don't even look at the forum set for them.

    They have used the forum set up, but warn members not to feed the trolls as it is set so it will not show anywhere on the front page or in the search including the site map.

    I have noticed they stay in the forum set up and not on my main forum.

    I guess my only other option is to ban ban then ban more and scan and delete. There are a lot of programs out there that will do this for you some free and some paid.

    It was more of a experiment to see what would happen, I was feeling Halloweenish. Thanks for your replies

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  • carntheroos4eva
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    Yeah they do annoy the living daylights out of your other members. I wouldn't have them on your forum.

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  • wat3v3r
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    spam and bots never do any good:
    • They actually scare REAL users from joining your forum
    • It makes it look like the admin, has abandoned the forum thus making the users reluctant to join
    • As stated above they make you blacklisted in Google.
    • If they were good as you think there won't be spam control apps all over the internet
    • They are annoying
    • If you really think spam is good you probably don't have many active members or you don't care for your users. If it's stats what you looking for there are many fake stat hacks on vbulletin.org

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  • reefland
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    They do actually hurt. In fact, I was just blacklisted from Googles search engine because someone posted spam in the forum (xanax, viagra, etc.) and my recent forum widget showed the text and links on the homepage. Google saw this as spam and cloaking and has temporarily blacklisted me. Not a good thing with 2,000 uniques per day from Google...

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  • dholt
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    Originally posted by beishe8 View Post
    Then just leave them alone, they can compete against each other on your forums,Viagra's price going to be lower and lower.


    funny yes

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  • beishe8
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    Originally posted by dholt View Post
    Do they create problems no!
    Then just leave them alone, they can compete against each other on your forums,Viagra's price going to be lower and lower.

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  • dholt
    started a topic Spam Do spam or bots hurt a forum

    Do spam or bots hurt a forum

    I would have to say no, as for me the first month we went live we had 200 signups but about 85% of those signups were spammers or bots.

    Do they create problems no! as at least they make it appear there are more members then there actually is as they don't post. I think they may become a problems as real members sign up and maybe then they may try and slip in a spam here and there but have not come across that.

    I have even created a forum just for them with no posts but it seems in the past when I tried to ban and remove them the more I got and the more havoc they created.

    By just leaving them alone they have not done anything but as I said in the past the more I ban the more I add to the ban list the more sign up.

    Just my Opinion on spam as I always read about spammers and the growing problem.

    It may be different for others but I just learned to accept them and if you can't beat them then join them and just let them be as for some reason when you ban one the word gets out and you have a thousand coming at you the next day.

    Not sure if the spammers forum helped but I heard it has for others as it gives them a place to spam and make money apposed too pissing these bots or spammers off then they send out drones by the thousands.

    I think I am more concerned with E-mail spam then anything.

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