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Re: Dealing with spam users

by Bod (Hermit)
on Dec 04, 2020 at 16:09 UTC ( #11124641=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Dealing with spam users

new accounts which don't post any nodes but put a link on their home node to their external site for SEO benefit

If these accounts are not posting any nodes, is there really an issue?
Posting nonsense would be a different matter but do dormant accounts really add any significant overhead to either the Monastery or its users...I suspect not but I could be (and often am) wrong.

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Re^2: Dealing with spam users
by marto (Cardinal) on Dec 04, 2020 at 18:47 UTC

    Posts to this site are rapidly indexed by most search engines, it's an old but often effective SEO trick, adding a URL to an established legitimate site, linking to something else.

    Update: fixed typo, thanks pryrt.

Re^2: Dealing with spam users
by erzuuli (Friar) on Dec 04, 2020 at 17:25 UTC
    If these accounts are not posting any nodes, is there really an issue?

    It is, though arguably not much of one, considering the low volume. But setting aside the strict definition of "posting", the spam user has already posted one node - his homenode. We should not tolerate any crap in a homenode which we wouldn't tolerate in any other kind of node.

Re^2: Dealing with spam users
by jcb (Parson) on Dec 05, 2020 at 03:12 UTC

    The risk is that spam links will eventually threaten the Monastery's good reputation.

    Of course, that same good reputation is why the spammers want to post their links here...

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