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OT: new "report spam" button on google groups

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Didi, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Didi

    Didi Guest

    I used it on the spam in this group last 2-3 days.
    Perhaps others will try it as well, let's see what effect
    if any it will have.
    Blacklisting spam sources may or may not be easy,
    but since they seem to have initiated something about it
    I won't mind doing my part for some time.

    Didi, Sep 4, 2009
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  2. Didi

    JeffM Guest

    The only effect it will have is that
    those readers of the group who filter based on username
    will now have even more usernames to deal with.
    Making reports to Google Groups is a complete waste of time;
    if you consider the case I cited, it's _worse_ than useless.

    Google Groups is the moron class of Google personnel.
    The abuse system is fully automated
    and hasn't been changed SINCE ITS INCEPTION.

    **IF** Google would note the email address of spammers
    and not allow any further posts from someone
    using an address that is associated with spam,
    THAT would show that they have *some* interest in this.

    When a critical mass of abuse reports is reached,
    the automated system cancels *the account*.
    Spammers can establish a new account in 3 nanoseconds
    and can use THE VERY SAME email address to sign up for that.

    If you think you are going to affect Google's business model
    via abuse reports, you are delusional.
    The **ONLY** thing that would get Google's attention
    would be a precipitous drop in page loads.
    JeffM, Sep 4, 2009
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  3. Didi

    JeffM Guest

    This "feature" is NOT new.
    It was *removed* quite some time back
    and has only recently been put back (in a higher-visibility spot)
    to give THE APPEARANCE of concern.

    Nothing has, in fact, changed.
    JeffM, Sep 4, 2009
  4. Didi

    LittleAlex Guest

    I disagree. I believe that Google has made it worse.

    Originally, they recommended using a "throw-away" address to post so
    you would not get spammed. Later, they changed it to force you to use
    a real address. But they still recommend that you use a throw-away
    address; they just won't let you follow their recommendation.

    Why is it I can never find cricket bat when I really need one?

    LittleAlex, Sep 14, 2009
  5. Didi

    Rocky Guest

    Somebody has actually deleted/hidden the spam!
    Rocky, Sep 17, 2009
  6. Didi

    Ian Guest

    Wow I clicked the report spam button on a couple of messages and now
    they have disappeared.

    I wonder how long it will take the spammers to work out a way around
    this takedown method or for it to be used by the more vitriolic flame
    warriors to try and silence the objects of their hatred?
    Ian, Sep 17, 2009
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