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Where's The ActiveRain Police When You Need Them?


For the last 2-3 weeks several of my older posts have been getting many "SPAM" comments. It's getting very frustrating because the Spam comments have URL's attached to them.

I keep reporting them and nothing happens ... So where are the AR police and or techies that delete reported Spam messages?

Believe it or not I have been getting 5 times more comments with Spam comments then comments from AR members. This is really bad and I relived about 20+ Spam comments day after day at two of my posts and ended up (deleting) the two posts ;o( ... Very Disappointing!

Is ActiveRain slowly falling appart???

I don't want Spam URL's attatched to my posts at ActiveRain. I don't have them at other networks, why here?





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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

If you click "report"... they remove reported spam.  If you have a specific problem with specific older posts (a common tactic for the alpha spammer)... let us know here... I'll tag ActiveRain Member Support and I'm sure they'll take care of it.

Meanwhile, It's probably not a bad idea to turn off comments on those old posts.

Aug 29, 2020 08:25 AM #2
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

Bob, I'm cleaning out EVERY reported spam comment EVERY day multiple times a day.  Most of the spam commenters do not have ActiveRain profiles associated with them, so I can't do a "kill all" type approach.  It's one at a time as reported, and if they're not reported, I'm not going to see them.

As Alan suggested, it might be worthwhile to turn off nonmember comments to individual posts or all of your posts to shut down the spam commenters.

Aug 29, 2020 10:17 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - I have not gotten any since my settings were changed to not allowing non members to comment.

Aug 29, 2020 12:47 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

change your settings to not allow non member comments, that will stop it.

Aug 29, 2020 01:05 PM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Go to "My Home" then on the left to "Blog Settings"


then uncheck "Allow Unmember Comments"

Aug 29, 2020 06:02 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

VB lucky you at least you are gettins Spam Comments and are able to log in I get 504's trying to log in and when I try to comment same story:)Endre

Aug 29, 2020 10:29 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning VB.

Rarely do I get spam comments, having said that, I know I'll be bombarded with them shortly.

Aug 30, 2020 01:19 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Bob... fortunately, I've not been inundated with spam comments recently, but get the occasional one. Right now, I'm more concerned about my inability to log in for weeks at a time to post something to maybe get a comment or two! 

Aug 30, 2020 05:27 AM #9
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Many of our AR members have encountered and complained about spam problems. Turning off non-member comments seems to be the best remedy.

Aug 30, 2020 07:56 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - I just posted this. right before coming to your post. 

Hi Eileen Burns

I happened to have seen Curtis Van Carter post in another blog touting this blog. A couple of comments...

1. Nobody should be able to post anonymously.  Make it as difficult on the hackers as possible.  Most websites make the user follow a link to an email address.  Force 2-point authentication using a phone number.  I am sure this would help discourage hackers, especially low-level hackers.  I report every hacker comment I see. 

When I started back in 2011, I had no idea that this was free.  I spent $49 a month on it.  It wasn't until the price dropped because I had reached 100,000 points that I did some investigating on the membership. I think that any new members should be given a limited "free" membership backed by a credit card and then start a monthly membership. Use the approach of other vendors that offer different tiers of membership benefits.  An example could be a limited number of posts at a reduced price, up to a "Pro" account with all the benefits.  As you reach different point values, the price is discounted and/or, moving up to the next tier at no additional cost eventually (500,000 points) moving to a free "Pro" account.  

Aug 30, 2020 08:50 AM #11
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz please join us at the top of the hour for our weekly AR zoom call.  Today @Bob Kinney will be on the call. https://activerain.com/blogsview/5531892/activerain-weekly-zoom-meeting-09-01-2020 Last month Bob explained the state of affairs and today we will be receiving our first update VB

Sep 01, 2020 10:09 AM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey Bob!  It's probably coming back because they stopped giving out points for reporting spam!  In the old days it didn't have a chance.

Sep 02, 2020 09:27 PM #13
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