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Old 10-12-2007, 11:19 AM
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Ryan I think you should add a min word count of 10 to replys, so they have to have atleast 10 words in a post or reply, this will stop a lot of the forum spam, like 80% of posts here are only 3 words...

Guys please just limit spam and keep on topic. Thanks
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:04 PM
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i agree spam is foul and nasty and not needed
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:22 PM
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yes (now i have to write 10 useless and pointless words)
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I agreee (have to add something else to add something to post)
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I doubt it will limit the spam much but it's worth a shot.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:16 AM
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Ryan I think you should add a min word count of 10 to replys, so they have to have atleast 10 words in a post or reply, this will stop a lot of the forum spam, like 80% of posts here are only 3 words...

Guys please just limit spam and keep on topic. Thanks
It will be hard at first but I think the solution is to delete every off-topic or spam replay from now on. I were on lots of forums that applied that and after 2-3 off-topic replays you understand that and stop replaying off-topic.

(of course the off-topic forum shouldn't be touched.)
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:46 AM
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People should just be polite enough to not spam... Oh well, that'll probably never happen, since you always have nincompoops.
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Old 10-14-2007, 04:58 AM
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It will be hard at first but I think the solution is to delete every off-topic or spam replay from now on. I were on lots of forums that applied that and after 2-3 off-topic replays you understand that and stop replaying off-topic.
Of course this helps, but noone wants to spend his time with deleting spam posts in the forums. We got more important things to do.

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I do find the small and pointless posts interfere more with discussions than they help. Unfortunately, I don't see an easy solution. A ten word minimum will just make them say MORE mindless drivel, which won't help.

One of the most effective - if blunt and unpopular - techniques for reducing such spam is to remove the post count. A lot of people feel the need to post to get more posts. If that need is removed, they will post because they want to. At least then the people who are spamming are doing so because they actually want to be involved in these conversations, not because they want a higher post count. However, it wasn't popular on any other forum, so I suspect this method wouldn't be popular here, either.
Thanks Darvin. Your posts are always profound and to the point.
Yes, a word limit doesn't change anything. I think it'd even cause spam.
Removing the post count is the best idea I read so far here. You can see how "far" you've come by your user title, showing the post count only induces topics like "who has the highest post count".

Whatever we do, we need the help of the community. If someone spams, remind him of the fact that this is deprecated. If he doesn't stop it, report the post(that small exclamation mark) and we will take further actions.
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I think you guys need moderators to help you.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:08 PM
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I do delete spam posts when they are completely pointless and such. I try and let you guys have some freedom in that regard, we don't want to discourage people from posting here.

We also are using an infraction system which will remove post count from people and infractions are also displayed on your public profile. You can actually mark posts so that when staff members login, they can be viewed and taken care of quickly if you think they are unappropriate. You can do this by clicking the report post icon,

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