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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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MHI_Spider
MHI_Spider Sep 12 2014, 11:12am says:

A problem found in this website, when I want to edit my review in my profile or in a page I posted, a following message appears to me:

'No user reviews have been posted matching the criteria provided. Check back later, perhaps someone will share their thoughts.'

I already seen some reviews posted but when I want to edit my review, the problem appears everytime.

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Demonstrator
Demonstrator Sep 6 2014, 2:15am says:

INtense! The best! (:

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seanrfc123
seanrfc123 Aug 14 2014, 3:37pm says:

This website has shaped the indie and modding community forever.

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FlowerPower12345abc
FlowerPower12345abc Dec 24 2014, 5:41am replied:

yeh, by confusing the **** out of people.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Aug 23 2014, 3:22pm replied:

Agreed.

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Sgt_Prof
Sgt_Prof Aug 24 2014, 3:51am replied:

I agree too

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Ironclad2014
Ironclad2014 Sep 17 2014, 2:57pm replied:

Me too

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congtangtang
congtangtang Aug 7 2014, 5:07pm says:

Hello, Man!

How are you?

I have a big doubt about SWAT 4, is it possible to add any map to Quick Mission Maker in the game?

I know it is, but I really can't find a way, I tried to edit SWAT.INT but it was fail..

Can you give me any hint or help about this?

Thanks you!

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B14ckM34nD34th
B14ckM34nD34th Aug 3 2014, 5:57am says:

Thank you for creating such an awesome website.

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TωısтeđHeαdαcħe
TωısтeđHeαdαcħe Jun 1 2014, 5:23pm says:

I tell you what we need, a mobile add-on that will give a live news-feed, Private Message & Update reading whilst also giving the user the ability to take an image and directly integrate it into a blog post!

Get {T}working.

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RobertHouse
RobertHouse Jun 28 2014, 3:06pm replied:

Been saying that for a long time. ;)

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