OT SPAM Re: Do you folks watch Craigslist?
- On my blog 8bitaficionado I get about 100 to 150 spam comments a day.
I now have to approve all postings, which is annoying but I don't need viagra & porn postings all over my comments area.
The new tactic is that they put their URL and use one of the following phrases hoping to get me to approve the posting:
"Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time"
"Good article and right to the point"
"That is some inspirational stuff. For no reason knew that opinions could be this varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to provide you with such helpful information here"
As for Craigslist.. Seriously the vintage computer community is now a target for spam because they know what we want and they can easily say "For Sale IMSAI 8080 $500" and know they WILL get responses.
The Free area on Craigslist is like 60% fake.
I don't think I have ever gotten anything from there that wasn't spam.
--- On Mon, 1/17/11, Bill Degnan <billdeg@...> wrote:
2011 is turning into the year of a new type of Internet problem -
information hoarders and spam timebombs. People who join message boards
(like vintage-computer.com) and facebook, and use craigslist.com to
generate email lists.
One trick I have noticed on vintage-computer.com - Sign up for the message
board with no spam or hint that you are a spammer. Then reply to the most
popular posts with things like "very interesting" or "wow, thanks!" until
you get 20 or so posts under your belt. THEN change your signature to
include links to your off-topic web site. Very tricky, now you have your
link on a popular topic to a targeted group that will be picked up by the
search engines. The message board can't remove the posts easily because
they're usually run with volunteers ...
I predict that this tactic will bring down messageboards who don't get
stricter with post signatures.