Forum spam update

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03/10/2012 at 16:34

Hi all,

First things first – hello! It’s my second week as Web Editor here so I thought I’d introduce myself here on the forum. I know some of you have been wondering what’s been going on behind the scenes on the site as we've had a few team changes over the summer months.

In other news, a third-party anti-spam service has just been implemented which should reduce the number of spam posts that you see on the website. This went live yesterday - 2 October - which means you should see far less spam on the forum.

Thank you VERY much for your patience on this matter – we know it’s been a frustrating few months. The new service should resolve the vast majority of the problems and our developers are continuing to monitor the spam levels. As ever, keep your forum alerts coming in if you do spot any spam and we’ll do our best to delete it and block the offending member as quickly as possible.

Many thanks,

Katie - RW

M...eldy    pirate
03/10/2012 at 18:04

You're welcome 

03/10/2012 at 18:30

It doesn't work.

M...eldy    pirate
03/10/2012 at 18:35

Sure doesn't ....

03/10/2012 at 19:59
Thank you
LIVERBIRD    pirate
03/10/2012 at 22:09
Hello Katie! I hope you're better than your predecessors. We're all still waiting for a response to mails we've sent to RW towers. We'll not hold our breath.
04/10/2012 at 08:05

Hi Katie Good luck with your start and if I can offer a suggestion to RW towers - perhaps a nice "thank you" gift/gesture to the Spam Wombles who have given up a lot of their free time to keep this forum spam free.

04/10/2012 at 10:17


Emmy_H, yes of course, that was the plan. I'll email all the mods separately.

Liverbird - which email account did you send your emails to? Might be easier to resend as we've had team changes over the past few months. Send to and put FAO Katie so I know it's to do with this thread.

I'll keep you updated on the spam filter changes. I know not all are being caught, but it should catch the vast majority.


Katie RW

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 10:17
LIVERBIRD    pirate
04/10/2012 at 11:37
Thanks Katie.
It's old news now so it doesn't matter much. I will address any future mails to you!
04/10/2012 at 12:23

could someone at RW Towers please kill the spammer that's appeared in Gear promoting running buggies - he's like a rash at the mo on there and a few other sections

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 12:24
04/10/2012 at 12:29

@fat buddha - done.  It helps if you name the spammer, by the way.

04/10/2012 at 13:21

cheers IM

name and shame next time

07/10/2012 at 16:54

An outbreak has just hit General!

07/10/2012 at 16:58
Not working is it ?
07/10/2012 at 17:11

It's spreading to other parts of the forum as well.

Highly contagious I'd say.

07/10/2012 at 17:14

Intermanaut - try Nigel-1958

seems a bit old to be wanting a baby jogger but hey who am I to judge.

08/10/2012 at 14:35

Incresed stammin for next weekend ..Ready for the kill.....

08/10/2012 at 17:31


Was there a lot of spam over the weekend? I only had the one notification this morning. If you do spot spam, please report it as we're keeping a close eye on it.

The new spam software has caught a lot, but there will be some which slips through the net unfortunately. Hopefully these will become few and far between.

Many thanks,


M...eldy    pirate
08/10/2012 at 17:34

Katie .. we were overrun with it

It appears that you were not informed that 4 or 5 of 'us' have the ability to get rid of the spam and this is what we have been doing all weekend hence why only a few have been reported to you, if you can check all the bozoed posts then you may see the extent of the problem !

08/10/2012 at 17:45

Oh dear.

Could you hit the 'report to moderator' link before you bozo as we're taking down the forum ID posts? This means we get an email with the link ID of the spam for our developers to look at. It's fine to bozo after this.

I'll get our development team to look at the bozo-ed posts.

We really appreciate your work. I know it's frustrating!


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