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2 comments by INtense! on Apr 8th, 2015

For the most part I just don't get why they bother. They spam even though our system doesn't allow URLs to be typed so they will do things like "Get free games from BESTGAMESONLINE [.] COM". For a start I would have thought that 99.99% of users would avoid the spam to begin with, but who would actually bother to copy and paste that URL and edit it to work? Some spam even without URLs or anything meaningful in their message (are they trying to establish system trust?).

And even if their spam manages to get through we are extremely proactive here and will ban then erase all trace of them from the internet, meaning at best they get a tiny bit of exposure (but not long enough for any visitors or SEO benefits).

A basic look at our system

Either way the spam looks awful to our visitors hurting our reputation, distracts our users who want to see real amazing content from game and mod teams and wastes our time cleaning it up. While we currently get very little spam compared to what we see on some other sites, we ideally want to make it too hard so the spammers just give up and move on. Which is why we have just implemented a custom anti-spam system which updates on the fly. By being one-of-a-kind it should be very hard for the spammers to adapt and adjust too without significant work (unlike on Wordpress et al which have millions of sites using the same system, meaning there is huge upside for the spammers if they figure out a system). An approach like this has worked for us in the past, as it is a great deal of effort to get through just to spam on one site which will delete your message anyhow... and so far in the first 48hours no spam has made it in. Fingers crossed this continues and we will always do all we can to eradicate it!

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Oct 9 2002, 5:34am says:

blimey!! i mean i do well in 1 test and now i am claiming every crown... matty you are on jabinta's marketing 'hot list' so clearly i am just not in your league regarding that subject!!!

and well greg, i cannot remember the last time i saw you attend database, so i assume you are blitzing it all at home ;)

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M@t
M@t Oct 9 2002, 3:42am says:

Scotty is sweeping the crowns.

Give us a go. Sure, we aren't as intellectual as you, but we deserve RESPECT, and RECOGNITION.

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liquid
liquid Oct 9 2002, 3:39am says:

Mate, don't give me that. I can't take it!! Just as I was getting over it and forgetting about the loss of my crown, you bring it back to haunt me!!

Damn you!! You have so many crowns, why must you take this one away from me too?

:(

I mean you got DB, you got Web Tech, you got friggen Marketing as well with your brilliant speech...unbelievable.

I was happy with the crown in multiple choice of micro...but no...oooh no, you couldn't see me happy, it was killing you inside!! You had to go and TAKE IT ALL AWAY!! Friggen bastard.

19/20 - I mean honestly, that really doesn't give me much room - specially with that number 7 question being so hard...NHJ!!

:(

Greg

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Oct 9 2002, 3:34am says:

hehe, so i don't turn up do i? gee, i think you are getting me confused with yourself :P

hell, you would not know if i turn up or not since i see you rarely hehe.. and yet you are the multiple choice MARKETING KING!!!

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liquid
liquid Oct 8 2002, 5:37am says:

Well that's true Matty, if you don't turn up to uni I'd get worried mate, cos you never skip a lesson, unlike the lazy bastard that is Scotty - jeeez, haven't seen the guy for like two weeks cos he hardly ever turns up.

You really start to wonder how the heck he manages to pass everything with a HD - unbelievable.

Tell me your secret you friggen fat bastard...who is not fat...TELL ME DAMMIT!!

Greg

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azzDB
azzDB Oct 5 2002, 6:18pm says:

MILF

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M@t
M@t Oct 5 2002, 2:47am says:

Freakin' loud noises scare the crap out of me.

I walk to uni with my mega cool blue headphones on, and then some car will go over a pothole loudly and that'll surprise me.

And i'm not sure how i have managed to not get run over thus far. The other day i nearly collided with a runner, so yeah...one day i'll not turn up to uni, and you'll know why

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M@t
M@t Oct 5 2002, 2:45am says:

Mate, all you ever talk about is your "supposedly" "wicked" pancakes, and yet, you've never made any for us to sample. End of year, we definitely will want a taste, and then there's that supposed pool competition.

Perhaps you can get me to whip up my legendary 2-minute noodles. Guaranteed to be ready in 5 minutes :) Or maybe my bacon and eggs. Love it! :)

And i reckon you should add something else to your repertoire. I mean sure, pancakes everyone loves, but sooner or later you're going to need something different :)

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Scruffy
Scruffy Oct 5 2002, 1:49am says:

nah you will never get me!!!! :P

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Oct 5 2002, 1:47am says:

next time we meet, i think i will have to surprize you, with a big BOO

i remember as a kid when i used to do that ot my brother, or have it done on me... harmless gag but damn if executed well, you'd end up falling head over arse, or just freaked out - those were the days! :P

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