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#1 Aug 01 2011 at 10:36 PM Rating: Good
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Before Youtube becomes the replacement for survey spam, perhaps there should be a similar policy about low post count types trying to drum up hits.

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It's my second video in what I plan on being a very long series of WoW videos.


As one can see from the second post, this guy has already decided the forum is farmable and is going to start announcing every single video. Right now there are just two, but as word spreads we can expect more.
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#2 Aug 01 2011 at 11:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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He's not embedding them, he's linking them. We allow low post count people to post links. If he gets too spammy I'll slap him down. in the mean time, rate him down.
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#3 Aug 02 2011 at 12:49 AM Rating: Good
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And that is what I've done. I've also come here to note that hits are money; people coming here for no other purpose than to solicit traffic for their site are farming your site (us). As you said, currently that is allowed. My point is that the time to think about this and formulate a policy is before the spam becomes a problem.

Just as a prediction: we've had similar discussions about people posting their apps and such, and in each case, they kept at it until they did get smacked. Both posters have made second posts in a fairly short time and Example B has stated that he intends to keep doing so. It isn't going to be a question of if, but rather of when. They make more money by spamming more.

I would propose that there is a difference between a low post count poster who wants to link to something and a drive by who just wants to drum up business for his site. The latter group are not participating in your forums; they want your business to hang out on their site and read their ads. There isn't much difference between them and the folks who just want us to use their (Zygor) guide.
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In Chinese: glasses are yanjing; eyes are yanjing, and the beer of Beijing is Yanjing. When speaking, the difference is in the tones. Did I just order a glass of beer or a glass of eyes?
#4 Aug 02 2011 at 6:14 AM Rating: Good
I don't know how someone with 3 or 11 posts can be said to be spamming. I mean, if you don't want to watch his video, which is WoW related, I'd say you are free to ignore it without much difficulty.

It doesn't really seem worthy of getting a bee in one's bonnet.
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