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To: The Black Swan who wrote (6017)1/3/2013 4:18:39 PM
From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)
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Press CRTL - keep pressing the minis key, while holding the CTRL key down until it looks right. The fonts are too big.

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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (6018)1/3/2013 4:20:33 PM
From: The Black Swan
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LOL THX.. I have two monitors with different rez I often pump up with CTL + but never noticed that before weird.. but THX

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From: Lahcim Leinad2/4/2013 1:29:13 PM
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Dear Mr. Dmitry,

Think I dreamt up a solution to the nightmare spamming problem which has plagued SI, lately: disallow posting URL links in the "free 5" posts by new SI members.

Better yet, make it a no-no in the first 20, or whatever.

Case closed.

You're welcome. :-)))

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (6020)2/4/2013 3:20:09 PM
From: Paul Kern
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Better yet, make it a no-no in the first 20, or whatever.
Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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To: Paul Kern who wrote (6021)2/4/2013 3:23:02 PM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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Thanks! :-)))

Thunk so as well - rarely happens - but beware...
"The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds." - Twain - Following the Equator

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (6020)2/4/2013 10:45:23 PM
From: Sr K
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The posted URL is a lead, and it is what makes it possible to see that 3 posts meet SI's definition of spam.

With no url, anyone could bypass the No Spam Rule by varying the wording.

Spammers could incubate a member name and hit with message 21.

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To: Sr K who wrote (6023)2/4/2013 10:52:07 PM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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Gets a wee bit more difficult to spam without direct, embedded URLs, which is their entire point.

Eliminate URL embedding for newbies, and the spam robots are total toast.

After 20 crap posts, we can deal with the leftover, persistent nightmare spammers.

Everybody on SI happy. :-)))

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (6024)2/5/2013 12:08:27 AM
From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)
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In the past we had spammers spam links like:

makebigmoneyfast dot c o m

I have seen those before. So that really is not a solution.

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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (6025)2/5/2013 7:08:18 AM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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I believe most SI members are sophisticated enough to discern the difference between a genuine SI poster's link and a newbie spammer's lame attempt at circumventing the anti spam rules of SI, by spelling out their spam destination, longhand.

In other words, I believe my suggestion is a step in the right direction.

Feel free to disagree with me, as usual.

Oh, but first, please come up with a better solution. Sick and tired of reporting spammers to you.

TIA!

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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (6025)2/5/2013 9:44:01 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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My two cents is that disallowing links will for sure lessen the effectiveness of spam (i.e. people might impulsively click on a link but will draw the line at having to type words into their browser address bar), but not the initial volume. The key word here is "initial" because it's a toss-up whether this loss of effectiveness will be a deterrent for the spammer to continue a wasted effort going forward. The only way to find out for sure is to try the idea and see if it works.

Consider this approach like turning on a spam shield. A spam attack triggers it. While the shields are down, "real" new posters who need to post links can simply message the admin for a waiver. When the spam attacks stop for a period of time, the shields are lifted and everyone can post links freely again. If the idea doesn't work, or if a better approach is found, then consider this experiment over.

- Jeff

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