Gary Mellott, Internet Guru (PIC Internet)

Spam prevention
Staff
1,402,415
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ
ActiveRain

These folks use real live humans to create accounts. All this spam is coming from created accounts which require captcha. Then once an account is created (and verified that the email address is in fact valid) then we relent on the captcha. So our real members aren't burdened by it every time. Looks like we are going to have to re-evaluate that. For the time being I cleaned up all the garbage that has been reported. (Forgive any typos I'm on my phone)

Jul 25, 2015 10:01 AM
Rainmaker
1,027,310
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I was JUST getting to post something about this SPAM!!!  I almost didn't page through far enough to get to this post.  Please, for the love of Pete, make it stop!    Bob Stewart ?????

Jul 25, 2015 07:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,429
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Gary Mellott - Let's hope the red emoticon stops hitting his head against the red wall.  It must really hurt and be extremely frustrating.

I don't see that they have even removed the many spam Q&A I reported a couple of days ago - I would have received points if they had.

A few years ago, if they found spam comments or posts, AR would ban the IP address and shut down the offending accounts.  I don't even think they have done those steps.

Jul 25, 2015 04:28 AM
Rainer
215,563
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

The past week has been ridiculous with this.  AR appears to be slow in addressing...

Jul 25, 2015 04:13 AM
Ambassador
1,558,945
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

You've found this irritating as well I see.  I bet they get on it quickly.

Jul 25, 2015 03:57 AM
Rainmaker
1,383,863
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

If I remember correctly, there was a Captcha before you coult comment for a short time maybe 2 years ago? 

I agree - I'm scrolling through 10-12 spams to get to one question!

Jul 25, 2015 09:05 AM
Rainmaker
2,801,972
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

This has gotten so out of control. I think there are more spam items here than real q's.  About a page and a half before you get to a real user.

Jul 25, 2015 05:31 AM
Rainmaker
5,276,915
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Gary,

There is a Captcha script.  This is something they have to address among the other zillion things.  A

Jul 25, 2015 04:58 AM
Ambassador
3,986,418
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It was really bad today with pages of the spammers. It will be necessary to put some sort of filter on it.

Jul 25, 2015 12:41 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,039
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I agree with Susan....Make it Stop!!!!

Jul 25, 2015 11:20 AM
Ambassador
5,136,272
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We had a captcha a few years ago, I would rather have the spam than having to do that for each comment and post.

Jul 25, 2015 11:09 AM
Rainer
230,924
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss...

pleaaaaase do. this will turn off members faster than anything. do something

Jul 25, 2015 09:35 AM
Rainmaker
212,655
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

That would be a fix for now, in the long run it be nice if they figure out something better to get the Spam out. It has been crazy on a daily basis this week.

Jul 25, 2015 08:50 AM
Rainmaker
3,823,428
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great suggestion.... the Q&A section is simply overwhelmed today!

Jul 25, 2015 08:24 AM
Rainer
150,619
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

Crazy lately

Jul 25, 2015 07:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,162,699
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Yikes!

 

Jul 25, 2015 06:06 AM
Rainmaker
6,278,492
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope the staff will quickly implement an effective spam filter.

Jul 25, 2015 04:40 AM