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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 6, 2016 12:30 PM CST

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I have created a new rule on the site today. Starting now, members whose membership is less than 2 weeks old may not post links to other sites in any forum posts or tree mail. If they attempt to post a link, they will receive an error message of explanation. They can still post, but they have to remove all links from their post. Once their account is 2 weeks old, this restriction is limited.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Sep 6, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Hurray! Very smart! People sign up to be members and start their spamming. This will really help to discourage them. Only the really patient will wait to do their spamming.
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Name: Hetty
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Sep 6, 2016 12:48 PM CST
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Danita
Sep 6, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Wonderful! Hurray!
It will help discourage those pesky spammers that like to cover the site with spammy posts at night while you are sleeping. I'm up and on the site at weird times and they drive me crazy. Grumbling
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Sep 6, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Excellent idea since most of these people are drive by spammers. Most will not be patient enough to wait and come back. Even the ones that are will think twice when they realize we are proactive against spam.
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Name: Der Thomaskantor
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bwv998
Sep 6, 2016 5:51 PM CST
Great idea, Dave! But what about signatures?
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Sep 6, 2016 6:18 PM CST
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Sep 6, 2016 6:27 PM CST
bwv998 said:Great idea, Dave! But what about signatures?


Newbies don't need signatures right at the beginning. They can add them after 2 weeks.
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Name: Der Thomaskantor
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bwv998
Sep 6, 2016 7:02 PM CST
plantmanager said:

Newbies don't need signatures right at the beginning. They can add them after 2 weeks.


Didn't know that...thanks.

Edit: But can't people wait two weeks then do that or is it a number of posts restriction?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 6, 2016 7:19 PM CST

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bwv998 said:Great idea, Dave! But what about signatures?


Those are not restricted. If spammers start to abuse those, then I'll add them to the restriction.
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KyWoods
Sep 6, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Thank You!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Sep 7, 2016 6:46 PM CST
dave said:
Those are not restricted. If spammers start to abuse those, then I'll add them to the restriction.


At least, if any DO spend enough time onsite to find the signature block feature, we'll get a better and more thoughtful class of spammers.

Until Dave closes that loophole also!

Name: Der Thomaskantor
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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bwv998
Sep 7, 2016 6:52 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
RickCorey said:

At least, if any DO spend enough time onsite to find the signature block feature, we'll get a better and more thoughtful class of spammers.

Until Dave closes that loophole also!



A lot of spammers are spam bots actually.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Sep 7, 2016 6:57 PM CST
They won't last long on this website. Dave will sic his bot-eating dragon on them!


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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 8, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Another great feature Dave. Thumbs up
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Sep 10, 2016 6:40 PM CST
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 13, 2016 5:28 AM CST
I just reported a thread in the Question forum that has a link from a new member; I did not click on the link but it looked suspicious to me.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 13, 2016 6:36 AM CST
Oh well, others clicked and it apparently was a simple picture..... there's me being overly suspicious.... Shrug!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Sep 13, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Dutchlady1 said:Oh well, others clicked and it apparently was a simple picture..... there's me being overly suspicious.... Shrug!


I avoided it too and then saw others had looked - but the OP only joined yesterday and was able to post a link?? Confused

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 13, 2016 6:57 AM CST

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