Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
I don't know if it's because I've been flagging the spam today or not, but in the last hour or so the response on the forums has (for me) gone into the ash-can. It can take a full minute for a screen to return. If the slow-down applies to everyone, and not just me, it means the spam can arrive faster than we can blip it.
I have a problem even getting to different messages when I am logged in. I figured out a while back that if I check messages not logged in, then login to do a reply or delete a spam message, do the spam delete, then click on the arrow to go backwards, I can get to the next spam fast. I continue doing that until I get confused with how many are left (LOL). So, hitting the main forum title clears up my confusion. I log out and then back to checking forums.
I would (dare to) correct you and say that we now have two human spammers intent on annoying the community, but it seems the original culprit (Senor Amador) may have actually gotten himself banned, as I can't find any trace of him whatsoever. I think that came about after he bombarded the community with messages three days on the trot, telling us all about his 'Eyes of God! and asking us to 'Back him up!' and buy his books. He previously had a page which directed you to his FB page, but that seems to have gone altogether. As you may have noticed, he irritated the hell out of me!
We now have a second one, a Ms Garcia. I think you were one of the first to call her out the other day for shamelessly promoting her website/blog. I've posted several messages to her, asking her politely to get lost, but her posts disappear (possibly reported as spam by herself or others), and then she comes back with more.
She's like one of those people who stands on the edge of a group at a dinner party, totally clueless as to the topic of conversation, who frequently mutters 'I though that, too!' She's resurrecting old posts to make comments like 'Very interesting post. Thank you.' She actually advised one OP to 'Get in touch with Admin'. Seriously? 'Admin'? I'm surprised she didn't tell the OP to ring them!
My irritation with her is multiplied tenfold by the fact that she uses a closing parenthesis instead of a full stop, thus) Sometimes several))) What the hell is that about?
I have every intention of responding to every attempt she makes to promote herself, until she either goes away, or embraces the spirit of the community, and shows it the respect it deserves.
Sorry, rant over! I think I need to go and lie down in a darkened room to calm down.
Keep 'bumping up'. You're doing a great job. Thank you. I'm trying to do my bit, but there are so many others who could be helping.
I think it was someone else who chastised the Garcia poster, not me. I made the mistake of not using a nom de fora when I signed up here, so I'm not quite as free to express opinions without fear of retribution. But I'd used a nom for most of my past writing and I'd just gotten tired of the practice. Ah, well.
Is there any difference between reporting spam as general abuse or taking the extra step of labeling it spam on the drop down menu?
For the most part, I don't take the time to hit the drop-down to mark it spam. I will do that if the spam is subtle, or if it's a fake post to test a bogus sign-on, just to be sure that any live KDP support person who sees the flagged post and who hasn't had their morning java yet doesn't get confused.