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Spam and the notsofasteddie threads

Post by Lemming »

Many here will remember Notsofasteddie who made no less than 5975 posts between 2011 and 2018. He's still a member but hasn't logged in to the forum for a couple of years now.

Most of his posts consisted entirely of content recycled from other websites. This was a constant issue for me because it looked very spammy and I suspected he was being supplied the material ready-formatted by spammers.

One thing that suggested I might be wrong about that was the complaints I occasionally got from people saying he'd used material without permission. In one extreme case last year a publisher had the whole ACD shut down briefly for a copyright infringement in a Notsofasteddie post.

Even that is not conclusive though because in the past I've actually had spammers contact me asking for their own spam (that I'd missed) to be deleted. This has happened when they've found that their spam was having a negative impact on their ranking, possibly after Google updated its algorithm. It's a murky world this cat and mouse game between Google and spammers trying to get their sites listed higher in search results.

I've always been bombarded with emails from people asking for pricing on 'guest posts' but in recent years a pattern has emerged. They often cite specific Notsofasteddie posts as an example of the kind of thing they're looking for, which suggests that spammers see these as spam posts. I've even had requests for new links edited into these posts. You may have noticed that many spammers make their posts as replies in Notsofasteddie threads.

Many times I've considered deleting all of these spam-magnet posts. It's quite easy for me to do that and all of the posts are at least two years old now. The trouble with any mass deletion of old posts is that it leaves a lot of mess behind. There will be replies to the posts that would no longer make sense if the post they were referring to had gone. Also, not all of the thousands of posts are so spammy.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Spam and the notsofasteddie threads

Post by kush0la »

I only speak for myself, I would say that removing them wouldn't hurt anyone though.
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Re: Spam and the notsofasteddie threads

Post by DaveS »

If the content or the posts are problematic, Lemming, delete them.

It wouldn't be the first time that there have been gaps appearing in threads - whether it be the OP removing their own posts for whatever reason, or Admin "taking care of business"...

The last thing anyone here would want is for there to be an issue, as you mentioned, that could even temporarily take this website offline..

That's my take on this anyhow...

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Re: Spam and the notsofasteddie threads

Post by notsofasteddie »

I was surprised to see that you are considering deleting all of my posts as Spam. I am not a Spammer (see definition below).


1. a person or organization that sends irrelevant or unsolicited messages over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.

I viewed myself as a contributor under the Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.
Here’s one example,

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 You must attribute the work to the organization, and if posting online must include a link to; and you must do so without suggesting that endorses you or your work.

 Use of articles must be selective, e.g., you should not reprint a large percentage of our articles, nor should our articles make up a large percentage of the content on your site. (However, copies of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter may be distributed by email or in print without restriction, provided they are properly attributed as described above.)

 Online reprinting should make use of "noindex" metatags so that your copies of our articles are not indexed in search engines.

 Your online copies of our articles should not be submitted for indexing to Google News. (Our most recent understanding indicates that this is accomplished by omitting the link to the article to the page you have provided to Google for news indexing.)

 You will refrain from submitting your copies of our articles to social media and content sharing sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

 You may not add new links to our articles, without permission, and may at no time use contextual advertising within our articles.
 may revoke any publisher's right to republish our content, and you agree to cease doing so upon our request, and to remove any previously republished content from your web site within a reasonable timeframe after being requested to do so.

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Should you decide to delete my posts, obviously you can as the website is your creation, as I have said before. I would ask that you preserve my travelogues as they are the most obvious cases of non-spam since they are my creations. Also they bring back many memories of numerous trips to Amsterdam starting in the late 1990’s as well as trips to Colorado beginning in 2015.

I also wonder if it is necessary to delete posts like these, Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory Forums. While somewhat dated they do bring back fond memories for many ACDers and certainly are contributions and not SPAM.
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