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Commandment #11:  Thou shalt not spam.

Obviously that wishful commandment is regularly broken.  My inbox is full of stuff I have little to no interest in.

And there are times the spammers hit ActiveRain pretty hard. 

During the NFL season they seem to love to fill the Q&A section with their "betting opportunities" or "live stream" chances.

Sometimes they'll nail a post with comment after comment.  They can fix your credit yes they can!!!

And if you take a look at the Social Roster you'll find a host of daily signups that are outside the desired membership of this community.

Want to look for love in all the wrong places?  There are some "volunteers" in India.

Want some medicines to extend certain body parts?  The drug dealers are making their offers.

And the non-real estate related industrial types are there too.  Industrial pipeline parts, pumps, dentists, criminal attorneys and the like.  Those are probably the output of small businesses hiring someone with the "we'll put you in 100 online directories!" spiel.


So obviously we'd like to SMITE the spammers.  In a perfect world we'd stop them from ever crossing ActiveRain's virtual border, but spammers are adaptable.

AR tried the captcha approach to leaving comments, but frankly that was a worse PITA to the members than the actual spammers.

So the biggest prevention AR has is blocking IP addresses, and that can't happen until after the spammers have made their presence known, so we as a community are in more of a firefighting mode than a prevention mode.

So what should community members do when they encounter spam?

As much as we'd like to immediately delete the spam comments, the best thing you can do is click the REPORT link in the bottom right of a comment block.  It's invisible, so hover near the # sign in the bottom right and REPORT will appear.

If you find a spam post, there's a REPORT button near the top, just a bit under a post's title.

Keep in mind, ActiveRain does NOT consider the following to be spam, so don't report them:

1.  100 market reports in a row

2.  Posts by paid for services such as Keeping Current Matters.  Yes, the posts are identical, but they're NOT plagiarism since the poster has paid for the service.  The poster SHOULD NOT claim points, but that's another topic for another day.

Once the report button is clicked, the comment or post is flagged to ActiveRain staff to review.  If spam is confirmed, a commenter's IP address is also blocked.  And spam posts can also get the poster's profile marked as a spammer and deleted.

ActiveRain has added staffing to help quickly remove spam and reduce potential spammer profiles.  It's not a perfect solution, but it's a step in the right direction.

Got questions?  Just Ask An Ambassador!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz




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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I will glady participate in the report a spammer program! I enjoy it! 

Jul 03, 2019 12:24 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I report spammers on other peoples posts, but admit to just deleting them on mine. I'll have to stop doing that!

Jul 03, 2019 03:12 AM #9
Bernadine Eberle
Keller Williams Realty - Texas - Plano, TX
Home Sales in Collin County

I was deleting the spam comments on posts. Thank you for alerting our community of the steps needed to report the spam. Great article!

Jul 03, 2019 06:20 AM #10
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I just reported some spammers recently. Good to know I was on the right track.

Jul 03, 2019 07:38 AM #11
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good advice. An unending task, however, because just when you invent a better mousetrap, the mouse gets smarter.

Jul 03, 2019 08:14 AM #12
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thanks for the go-to guide for removing butt I mean spam ads and such Bliz!

Jul 03, 2019 08:35 AM #13
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - there's no shortage of SPAM in the pantry of the real world and because of its long "life" the eventual elimination is unlikely.  We can avid it. Report it(send it back) when served. It's annoying but your post explains the basics of avoidance that truly enrich our lives in multiple ways.

Jul 03, 2019 10:06 AM #14
Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

It is best to ignore the spammers and report when we can. They keep coming back like fruit flies in summer

Jul 03, 2019 10:50 AM #15
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

scram spam!

Jul 03, 2019 11:54 AM #16
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Yes spam happens.. although I find a lot less than years gone by.  Partially by rules/laws in place and likley partially better by software kiilling it automatically.  But yes it is and can be a pain.

Jul 03, 2019 04:34 PM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

In reaction to our Team posting listings through a service and emailing them to a wide selection of local agents, one particular agent used to respond by sending us a depiction of the Spam can in your post.

He did not seem to get that he was spamming us in return.

After several repeat performances, we sent him a can of spam in the mail. The friendly note that accompanied the canned food offered that he might enjoy it since he was so eager to share the Spam. The note also suggested that he hit the "Unsubscribe" link in the email that offended him to prevent future angst.

Jul 03, 2019 05:33 PM #18
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Monty Python is loving this entire post. I'll start reporting, I don't think I've ever reported one post.

Jul 04, 2019 03:42 AM #19
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is nice to see it removed, i think we all would like it removed quicker as we live in an instant type of world. I think i always wished they gave some of us the power to remove it as we are the most active. 

Jul 04, 2019 04:33 AM #20
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do report spammers but I think you have more confidence in leadership on this than I do.

Jul 04, 2019 07:05 AM #21
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great information!  I usually delete the comments.

Jul 04, 2019 09:07 AM #22
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

I'm not sure which I like better - canned Spam or email Spam.  

Probably the canned stuff, even  though I don't remember actually trying to eat it.  

Thanks for the tips and reminders of what we should do when we find SPAM here.   

Jul 04, 2019 09:12 AM #23
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Vienna sausages taste better than spam...
I like to report any of these characters who write in with unsolicited offers.  Drives us all crazy.

Jul 05, 2019 09:28 AM #25
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Nice to post the rules every now & then.

Jul 05, 2019 01:22 PM #26
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

Too bad about SPAM and that it has gotten such a negative reputation.  I was married in American Samoa and one of the gifts was a large can of SPAM, probably 5 pounds, it was big and heavy.  If you do a little research on SPAM  it was (is) something valuable to have in your house - you would always have something to eat and it was traditional to give this gift to newlyweds.  At the time I was surprised and subsequently enlightened to learn of this tradition.


I have eaten it before and it is tasty, although prob not the healthiest the way it is processed now.  I saw an ad on TV where this guy was slicing it, frying it, and putting it on a tortilla with salsa!!

As far as internet SPAM goes, it is so easy to deal with.  It's the phone calls that really get me going.  It takes a few more minutes to identify and block.

Jul 05, 2019 04:22 PM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for sharing this tidbit.  Glad they've added staff as it was getting really bad.  Great post!

Jul 09, 2019 02:09 PM #28
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