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Posted Jul 2, '08 at 4:21am

kingryan

kingryan

4,165 posts

Hi Again!

This is a revised version of my What To Do If You See Spam with some extra bits about What Exactly is Spam.

Some of the responses to the original Spam Guide were that some users didn't know what Spam was.

This revised guide will hopefully clear all of that up...

1. Spam Topics

If you find a topic in the Forums that is either:

a) A Topic created just for people to spam in.
b) A topic that has turned into spam.

Please don't tell the person that the topic is spam. This just makes things worse and you end up with 10+ people spamming by telling the Original poster that it is spam.

If you are the first person to see this thread, then you can tell them that it is spam, and then flag the original comment.

However, if someone has already posted a comment like this, just flag the original comment and leave it at that. As I said before, don't tell them that the topic is spam because then you will just be spamming yourself.

Remember...Don't Post - Just Flag

Spam to Look For:

a) People continuously saying that the topic is spam.
b) A topic where the original poster has not explained properly what the topic is about.
c) If the topic is title something like Spam Here or Only Spammers Here (No Mods).
d) If the original message is SpamSpamSpam or something similar.

2. Spam in a Forum Topic

If you see that someone has spammed in a forum topic (such as The Guess the Picture Game or Destroy BOB) then just flag the comment. Don't tell them that it is spam, just flag it so that a mod can see it and delete it when they get the chance. That way no extra fuss is made.

Spam to Look For:

a) Comments like wtf?, idk or I don't know, ya mum, wow, kinda easy, etc...
b) Comments that don't have anything to do with the game such as I  think it is a piece of cheese in Destroy BOB - You get the picture!

3. Spamming under Games

If you see someone who has spammed under a game by saying Good or 10/10 or bad, etc, then once again just flag the comment. Every comment that you flag is shown to the mods and then they can delete it or take further action when they are online.

Don't tell someone off on their page, as this can just make the situation worse.

Spam to Look For:

a) Things like Good, Bad, 10/10, 0/10 - Basically a comment that doesn't explain what a user likes or doesn't like about the game.
b) Copied Merit Comments - If you see these it may be best to alert a mod as well as flagging it.
c) Repeated comments - I once saw a comment repeated four times one after the other.
d) Comment that are reposted on different games. For example if someone wrote about how the game had good graphics and cool sounds (Approx 2-3 lines) and then they copied that and posted it on another game. This is a sneakier way of spamming that is harder to detect.

4. Spamming on Profiles

Once again, if you see people who have spammed on either their own or someone else’s Profiles, then flag the comment and leave it at that. If it is a lot, then collect links for the pages where they have spammed and post them on their page with a detailed explanation.

Spam to Look For:

a) Comments such as hello, hi, you're cool, single letters such as  A, B, C.
b) Comments that have been repeated on lots of different profiles.

5. What to do in a BIG Emergency

If you find something that is very Bad spamming or very explicit then flag the comment and alert a mod immediately. This includes things like Pornography, excessive swearing and bad racist or sexist comments.

Spam to Look For:
(explained above)

6. What Not To Do!

- Don't tell the spammer that they are spamming.
- Don't just tell a mod that someone is spamming; Give links and an explanation.
- Don't get into an argument with the spammer.
- Don't spam yourself!

SHOPS

There is a Group on ArmorGames called SHOPS. This stands for the Spammer and Hacker Organisation Prevention Society. It has a form that you can fill out to report Spammers. The Mods visit this page often so it is reasonably helpful. [I Myself am a SHOPS Member from WAY back when you had to be a member to report people. This idea was taken out a while back!] You can use this if you want to.

The Golden Rule

Don't retaliate, just FLAG the comment.

By flagging comment you are helping the mods out a lot. It makes dealing with spam very easy for them.

END OF GUIDE!

By KingRyan
2-7-08
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Posted Jul 2, '08 at 4:25am

GregWeeler

GregWeeler

264 posts

Really great upgrade for this man. Looks great and it's easy to read. ;)

 

Posted Jul 2, '08 at 10:03am

plokkey

plokkey

4,469 posts

Don't retaliate, just FLAG the comment.

As i said before, how wil lthey ever learn if they never knew what or why it was deleted?

 

Posted Jul 2, '08 at 12:21pm

mrtim

mrtim

2,051 posts

A better guide, the old one should be unstickied and locked and this topic should be stickied.

 

Posted Jul 2, '08 at 12:29pm

d0m1nated14

d0m1nated14

708 posts

Hopefully now people will stop telling others that the topic is spam now and just flag it.

 

Posted Jul 3, '08 at 6:33am

kingryan

kingryan

4,165 posts

A better guide, the old one should be unstickied and locked and this topic should be stickied.

Yeah, I am going to ask a Mod or Admin do this for me right now...

KingRyan

 

Posted Jul 3, '08 at 9:04am

AaronM

AaronM

141 posts

Well this one is stickied,which is good.And I must say great job Ryan.

 

Posted Jul 3, '08 at 9:52am

noobking

noobking

232 posts

dude awesome guide man. really easy to follow

 

Posted Jul 3, '08 at 10:21am

dragoncrusher

dragoncrusher

780 posts

Thanks so much for the guide.

 

Posted Jul 3, '08 at 12:58pm

AaronM

AaronM

141 posts

Oh I forgot to say http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/1vance/thanks.jpg