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  • Aw - please sort out the spam

    I got in touch with AW at the end of April asking about the spam. I received a quick reply saying that their web developers were looking into it.

    Quick as a flash nothing’s happened and It’s worse than ever. Come on AW, I’m sure it wouldn’t take too much to sort this out. Other forums I contribute to just don’t have this kind of problem.

  • #2
    Certainly, something needs to be done - genuine newcomers would look at the front page and walk away!

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    • #3
      I wrote to AW on this very topic a few days ago and heard nothing of course. I am sure their social media/ IT manager is very busy but as someone pointed out, it is embarrassing to put it politely and can easily put off new comers as well as the old guard.


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      • #4
        Yes, it's dreadful.

        Allowing member-moderators to delete spam would be a step forward too.

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        • #5
          Indeed, the spam would never be tolerated if it infiltrated the 'social media de jour' (twitter et al) ... This message board is one of my few destinations when it comes to online chit-chat but it is clear to me that AW afford it a very low priority, but where else is an athletics fan to go for a bit of real time banter when the big meets are on and some good past match analysis.

          Having said that, I did notice one or two new members posting recently, so they must be made of resilient stuff to cut through all that spam...

          if SteveK26 was still active he'd be the ideal chap to be a moderator, or how about Rununlimited...


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          • #6
            I'm a longtime reader of the forum and have recently started posting. I would hate to see it go or dwindle with fewer voices. Hope the spam situation gets sorted quickly...

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            • #7
              i asked for lucky spikes and a couple of others to become admin a couple of months ago, didnt hear anything back

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              • #8
                I've sent private messages a couple of times to the aw admin on the board and they have tidied it up. But something needs to be done, this is the worst board I've ever seen for spam, especially in relation to the actual volume of real traffic.

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                • #9
                  Not sure why they’re targeting this forum - numbers viewing are hardly likely to yield a massive return!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by larkim View Post
                    I've sent private messages a couple of times to the aw admin on the board and they have tidied it up. But something needs to be done, this is the worst board I've ever seen for spam, especially in relation to the actual volume of real traffic.
                    It seems to get worse every day and its becoming quite frustrating TBH.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you all for your messages. We are not sure why our forum attracts so much spam, either! But we really are trying to get it sorted. At the moment we are manually clearing the spam and blocking obvious spam accounts - we didn't want to have to restrict new sign-up access, though this is something we are now looking into.

                      We care a lot about our website and our forum and appreciate people's suggestions for user moderation, however so far these have come from some users suggesting other users for the role - if any individuals are keen themselves to take on a role like this, please do get in touch. We have our web developer looking into various options to improve things as we speak, so it may be that we can control the spam levels to an acceptable level without further moderation, but if user moderation does become an option, perhaps we can have further conversations with people who might be interested.

                      Thank you for continuing to visit our forum when the user experience has not been to the level you would expect. We really do hope that we can return it to a platform which you all enjoy using again.

                      AW

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                      • carterhatch
                        carterhatch commented
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                        Yes, thank you for at least responding and I hope you find a solution.

                      • jjimbojames
                        jjimbojames commented
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                        Thirded! I’m sure a few of us could help in the meantime.

                      • AW admin
                        AW admin commented
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                        Hi Laps, thank you for offering to help us. We will try a couple of final solutions which we hope will prevent the spam but if this doesn't work we will be in touch. Thank you, AW

                    • #12
                      I stopped using here for a while because the spam was making it impossible to browse through. Would definitely encourage moderation now that the World Champs are approaching.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Afrothletics View Post
                        I stopped using here for a while because the spam was making it impossible to browse through. Would definitely encourage moderation now that the World Champs are approaching.
                        Might have to take another break... when you have to go to page 3 just to see an actual thread it's a bit ridiculous!

                        AW is anything being done about this???

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                        • #14
                          Have to admit as a new member this is annoying me to the point of not bothering

                          If they cant manage what is a simple forum plugin which actually offers the options that everyone has already suggested they just need to switch on! (I build sites as a hobby and run a few too) how can I trust the security of my details :/

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                          • #15
                            It is not that difficult to put in filters or ask someone to moderate the site. There is so much SPAM that it is putting people off wading through the detritus to find the gems. Agggggghhhhhh a forum scream!

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                            • carterhatch
                              carterhatch commented
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                              May I echo Lovesprints1's sentiments (and forum scream) ... It would be very welcome if AW maintained the same level of vigilance, in the winter season, that they showed during the World Champs., where my casual observation noted a very healthy number of genuine posters.
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