Web parasites target TP

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Brucie, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    Some members may have noticed that Talking Point is receiving quite a few posts from dubious parasitic sales people at present.

    Sadly, pretty much all of these say they are from the USA.

    We remove them as soon as we spot them - or are alerted by members.

    Probably not necessary to say it but please don't ever reply to them using their contact details, or by PM, or on the threads concerned.
     
  2. Sad to hear this place is getting 'junk mail' Brucie - on my various sites I've got a bit of that and made sure to delete straight away.

    One of the worst for me was re: "A Dementia Cure" - you know... these quack herbal cures backed up with references that were obviously spurious (hey... apparently they were good for cancer, arthritis etc. etc. - you know the type of thing).

    I got rid a.s.a.p. because I think that trash like that gives hope to a lot of people who then turn over hard earned cash in good faith and end up worse off! :mad:

    Sorry to go off at a tangent - just thought I'd share that with you though.

    N.
     
  3. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    Thanks to those who report these characters. We were hit again last night.
     
  4. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    There's another one appeared. How do I report it?
     
  5. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    do you see that little red ! mark in the top corner? Go to the post in question and pres that (although I just have).

    I think perhaps TP is going to have to go to a monitored application system - i.e. you can't post until you've been approved. Alternatively they need moderators 24/7

    Jennifer
     
  6. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    yes, Jennifer is correct, but also - in a message such as yours, just include the url [web address] of the thread on TP.

    we have a halfway stage at present that catches most.
     
  7. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    I've removed the one in question; I'd been awaiting their first post and could not act until they were registered.

    Main problem as Jennifer implies is that these people - mostly US in origin [so they say, at least] post their trash when we folks are asleep.
     
  8. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Have you (or AS, rather) investigated a "first post needs to be approved" system?

    Jennifer
     
  9. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    Hi Jennifer

    it is only the past week or so the problem has suddenly accelerated.

    We are suggesting that AS considers options as we moderators are volunteers, and carers as well.
     
  10. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    I can see how that could need to happen but that would also be very sad. Sometimes people come here (me included) when they are feeling really low and are lucky enough for someone to be online who can respond instantly. They can't necessarily solve the problem (there is no cure for dementia after all!) but just knowing that someone is there can help immensely. I assume that if post had to be approved first then there would be a delay in it being posted and therefore in anyone being able to respond.

    Or do you mean that their very first post would need to be approved? In that case I would think it would be very easy to get round by inventing a story about dementia which would be even worse than what they're doing now. At least we know straight away what they're here for!

    Just my opinion.
     
  11. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    #11 Norman, Sep 28, 2006
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2006
    Jeniferpa
    We have them already
    Norman
     
  12. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    No, I meant the very first post. I very much doubt that the vast majority of these sort of scum would go to the trouble of making up a story - the aim of this game is to hit as many sites as possible in as short a time as possible.

    I'm glad to hear there are moderators 24/7. I'll just continue to report the posts as I see them - I often do see them first as I'm 5 hours benind most of you (sometimes, in more ways than one)!

    Jennifer
     
  13. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    That made me smile! Sometimes I think I'm about a week behind most people, in some kind of time warp!

    What part of the US are you in? I'd forgotten?

    I got terribly confused this summer (doesn't take much) when my son was going to Spain on holiday. The guidebooks were telling me that the time differed from the UK by 2 hours when it was actually a difference from Greenwich Meantime and the UK itself is 1 hour different from that in the summer. My head really hurt over that one. Then someone on a travel forum tried to tell me it was me who was wrong as the guidebooks were quoting it correctly.

    I also went from New York to Toronto on holiday a couple of years ago and got really worked up in case I mixed the 1 hour time difference up and missed a flight. I didn't - just spent 6 hours in the airport between flights - talk about going from one extreme to the other :eek:
     
  14. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    I'm in Pennsylvania (actually in the suburbs of Pittsburgh)

    If I'm only 5 hours behind, I think I'm doing pretty well - as you say, a week is more like it. Re long layover in airports - I'd much rather do that than the alternative. On my last 3 flights to the UK I've missed my scheduled transatlantic flight due to delays in Pittsburgh, and ended up somewhere totally unplanned, without my luggage. Last time, it took over a week to catch up to me!. I'm coming back over in October, but this time I've managed to schedule a 3 hour layover - hopefully that will be enough.

    Jennifer
     
  15. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    I take it you need to get 2 flights to get to the UK then?
     
  16. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Yes - normally Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, then Philly to Manchester. For a while there, there was first a direct BA flight, and then a direct USAIR flight, but now it's fly to a hub, then get another plane.

    Funnily enough, after the last time, I swore that I would only travel with carry-on, and left a case at my Mother's with clothes etc. However, the recent security issues has impacted this plan, so I'll probably have to check luggage anyway.

    I think the appropriate expression to descibe me is "a day late and a dollar short"

    Jennifer
     
  17. Amy

    Amy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2006
    3,453
    Hiya Jennifer,
    I think as currently all the Moderators are UK based, there is a time slot when there is little cover - (unless one of us is having a sleepless night) - and that's when the little devils appear!! I know that Bruce gets on their case very rapidly, and is minimising their impact - we are all doing our best, just keep reporting them as they appear, and lets all treat them with the contempt they deserve.
    Love Helen
     
  18. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    I reg with a web site that would only let you login in without a legit ISP I think they are call that . They would not let you use yahoo or Hotmail had to be I suppose with the person that is providing you with your internet connection. They did that because if they banned you they could not log in with a different Email they know who you are.

    My be Bruce understand what I mean? If so could TP not do that so then you can track who is doing it. or stop it keep happening ?
    Or would the program cost to much
     
  19. Lila13

    Lila13 Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    1,342
    Hope she goes on letting you leave a case of clothes in her place!

    Lila

     
  20. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    Well it would be one way of getting rid of me! I have a yahoo and a hotmail email address and never use anything else, apart from my work one but I can't access the internet from work, even supposing I had the time, which I don't!
     

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