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James Elliott
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Hello all, I am just back from Stuttgart (excellent show, well worth a visit).

Obviously I am very much looking forward to settling down with a nice pint of bitter and reading the Dear James thread, but before doing that I am trying to do something about the spam, which we all know is unbearable at the moment.

We are working on a solution which we will implement ASAP, but until then the easiest way to stop it appearing (and then having to remove it), is for all comments to go into an approval queue.

Sadly, this means that you comments will all go into the same queue as well. Now, while we will be checking and approving them regularly, we do have to sleep and do other things, so there will inevitably be (possibly lengthy) delays in some of your comments "going live".

Sorry.

We hope it doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the board (though it will throw your arguing into a surreal timescale for a bit), but we hope you agree that this is the best solution until the spam issue is (hopefully swiftly) resolved.

I will, of course, keep you updated with any developments.

 

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James Elliott
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While I am sure it is terrifically amusing to people to submit lots of empty or single piece of punctuation posts so it can sit in the queue, it isn't amusing me because I am wasting quite enough time with the spammers, so I won't be bothering with it.

You have been warned.

 

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James Elliott
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Dear main offender,

You are flirting with being blocked from these forums.

Cease and desist immediately.

One more load of empty posts and you will be gone.

Sorry it has come to this, but...

 

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mrtotty
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I am glad something is being done.

I have been posting on this forum for two weeks now and, given the very high quality of Classic & Sportscar itself, I am surprised at some of the things that go on here. I don't really know the true extent of it, but there seems to be a problem with spam (there are four lengthy messages in German that have just appeared on the forum that follow a set format and are usually in English), as well as some posters creating multiple identities and posting rather rambling messages that sometimes have very little to do with classic cars. There are also a number of slanging matches going on and personal attacks.

I would very much like these things to stop and for this forum to reflect the quality of the magazine on which it is based. They detract considerably from the experience of coming here which I very much wish to continue doing.

Many thanks, moderators, for your help.

Speedangel
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great initiative James. It is difficult to stop them all and I am sure you are constantly on it! I will try to support you guys as much as I can on my side and inform you if I see anything.

I enjoy reading all posts on your forum, we seem to find a lot of genuine enthusiasts with lots of knowledge to share. This goes to you Plastic Penguin: Stay with us matey

Nuno Granja
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Just a few notes,

As i can see by my experience on other forums, all of those problems are just "growing pains".

I understand the position from the CSC forum mangement, but if they find another way to stop spammers, it will be fine as in the internet, the imediate view of the posts is part of the fun  (at least for ego addicts like me...)

I hope that action only stop spammers  and do zero censorship, as I prefer free spech above all , at least i know the ones who don't like my posts and its a cheap way to know everyone at his best or worst.

About numerous posts based on endless fights with words not related with cars, we only enter in this ship if we want, no one is forced to start and feed this topics. An example;  A few days ago some one says that I have no ideia about "international copywright laws". This person did no understand my previous comment ,  did not know that I'm the responsable for the brandind and comunication of the portuguese branch from a major european lubrifiants company (among other small companies) and observing copywrigt and brand laws are part the job. But what the point to start a argument about who knows more about those laws?

I  just keep focused on classics and everything related with a few of-topic posts if the subject leeds to that...  I read on CSC 30th Anniversary issue "its all about cars" and I couldn't agree more.

(sorry about my english, I'm from a generation who only had french at school)

nuno granja

 

Nuno Granja
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To CSC Forum management only,

 

I have done an small "edit" action (only one small word) on my post on this topic... and it desapears. Anything wrong with it?

 

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James Elliott
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Nuno,

Your edited post should now have replaced the other one.

Please bear with us on this because this process is all new to us and, frankly, a very time-consuming pain.

On the other hand, for the good of the site, we must eradicate the spam for good and as soon as that is done, we will ditch the comment approval system. 

My apologies in the meantime if this compromises things.

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Chris Martin
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James Elliott wrote:

Dear main offender,

You are flirting with being blocked from these forums.

Cease and desist immediately.

One more load of empty posts and you will be gone.

Sorry it has come to this, but...

 

Worry not James, he has since gone back and filled in the gaps with more wonderful little doodles, so all is right with the forum again.

Actually, I am glad to let him have it to carry on his ownprivate puppet show.

Once it may have been worth the effort but if you add up who has come and gone, against how many are left, well you get the point. I am done banging my head against the wall.

Chris M.

 

mattiej
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I think you need to make the registration more complicated. Cant you use one of those distorted word systems that seem so popular?..seems to stop automated registrations.

Wow, someone manually checking posts, that's a hell job...makes me feel guilty pressing "add a comment"! But hats off to you.

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coda tronca
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Agree with Mattiej, more restrictive (and complicated) form of registration can prevent automatic registration used by spammers. On many forums you cannot make posts before moderator check and allow your registration.

Regarding of problem of multiple identities, you can block IP address of computer who creates multiple idenities: one IP address, one identity. If two or more persons using same computer (and there same IP address) you can discuss exemption via e-mail, if the guys are genuine posters...

Sorry for my english, just trying to help

Regards,

Igor