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Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

Looks like we are flooded with commercial solicitations on this forum. I am wondering if there's a way to reduce the occurrence? 

 


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Chuxing Chen, Ph.D., CISSP, PMP
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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum


@Chuxing wrote:

Looks like we are flooded with commercial solicitations on this forum. I am wondering if there's a way to reduce the occurrence? 

 


I hope it can be addressed ASAP.

 

On another infosec forum I was on, they allowed these kind of commercial solicitations to kind of take over, didn't clean them up, and made the forum useless.  I soon left.

 

 

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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum


@Chuxing wrote:

Looks like we are flooded with commercial solicitations on this forum. I am wondering if there's a way to reduce the occurrence? 

 


I note that the multiple adverts for certification question sets have all disappeared.

The person posting them, "Elizabeth Dowd," appears to have poofed, also.

Thank you Amanda @amandavanceISC2 

 

Craig

 

 

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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

I am just wondering if there are some quick and simple ways to reduce these types of postings. As mentioned by @emb021 , this type of activity can cause the forum loosing its participants. 

 

Don't really want to get into language analysis types of tools, which can be difficulty and expensive to implement.


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Chuxing Chen, Ph.D., CISSP, PMP
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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

Not sure of an automated way to address this.

 

Most methods I've seen require the actions of moderators to address this problem.  This means the forum owners need to bring on addition folks, maybe volunteers, to help with managing things.

 

One is to have new members be initially moderated (have their posted reviewed before allowing them thru) to verify that they are a legit member posting legit items.

 

The second is to have moderators with the ability to delete inappropriate posts, in case some members later on post inappropriate items.  In if the person persists, the ability to remove them from the group.

 

Having been involved with managing other forums, including some FB groups, this is usually what is needed.

 

 

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Michael Brown, CISSP, HCISPP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, GSLC, GSTRT, ISSA Fellow
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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

Hi all! We have certain filters in place to stop those types of posts, but it is possible for posts to get around them. Please feel free to mark a post as spam if you feel that it needs to be flagged. That will direct it to the moderators on here (myself and @AndreaMoore) even faster than us coming across it through our own browsing.  

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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

> Chuxing (Community Champion) posted a new topic in Certifications on 11-06-2019

> Looks like we are flooded with commercial solicitations on this forum. I am
> wondering if there's a way to reduce the occurrence?   

Since anyone can pop on, create an account, and post whatever, we probably can't
stop the spam from happening, but I do note that the moderators are very good
at getting rid of it in quick time.

If you would like to help them, at the top right corner of every post is the little
three vertical dots menu symbol. The last option on the list is "Report
Inappropriate Content."

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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

As for a quick way to get it cleaned up, pull down the three-dot menu next to the offending post and select "report inappropriate content".  This sends the moderators a message complete with a link to the posting you feel needs addressed. 

 

Since inception, there have been 29,000 posts on these forums and I have seen maybe a dozen of these.  In all cases, the moderators have quickly cleaned it up -- generally within just a few business-hours.

 

Either that, or we can add "guaranteed" to the porn filter Smiley Happy.

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Re: Remove commercial solicitations on this forum

 

I tend to report posts I perceive as inappropriate, and it's usually promptly taken care of by the moderators. I'd suggested --- in a message to one of them --- that they initially notify the concerned user, send a warning if the user persists, and if there's no result simply ban the user from posting. (I'll assume it's being done this way)

 

 

 

Shannon D'Cruz,
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