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Spam or not ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, just found out some articles from an author. They look legitimate, but when I check the hyperlink it seem spam, and it's glossary talk in general, so never a word about a microsoft's product. (without the link it could be ok)

    I just have a small doubth before tagging them spam in big, so let me know if we should :-)

    Author; http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/aamyj

    Articles;

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/vpn-advantages.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/proxy-vs-vpn-services.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/vpn-protocol.aspx

    All link point to bestvpnservice.com and purevpn.com

    thanks


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    Monday, February 25, 2013 4:17 AM

Answers

  • I agree the purpose of the user seems to be to point users to the web sites (I'm not brave enough to check out the sites myself). All of the activity:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/aamyj/activity

    seems somewhat legitimate, but I found two of the Wiki articles already deleted, so maybe someone flagged them as spam. There are several forum posts as well, and all point to the web sites.

    All Wiki articles I've flagged for deletion have been flagrant spam, unrelated to Microsoft technologies, where the user profile had no legitimate activity. I also requested that the user be banned.

    Perhaps this user should be warned, but I don't see anything about linking to external sites in the Code of Content article. What can we point to that this user has violated?


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:40 AM
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:27 PM
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  • Warning the user will likely have no effect, as all of the activity is over a year old.

    I think we should remove the URL's from the Wiki articles, personally....

    Or, just flag the whole article as spam :)

    Karl


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    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:39 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:40 PM
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  • Thanks for flagging this. I also agree so removed the offending links. Do chime in if you think that the articles are also spam that should be removed.

    Thanks
    Bruno

    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:37 AM
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:31 AM

All replies

  • I agree the purpose of the user seems to be to point users to the web sites (I'm not brave enough to check out the sites myself). All of the activity:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/aamyj/activity

    seems somewhat legitimate, but I found two of the Wiki articles already deleted, so maybe someone flagged them as spam. There are several forum posts as well, and all point to the web sites.

    All Wiki articles I've flagged for deletion have been flagrant spam, unrelated to Microsoft technologies, where the user profile had no legitimate activity. I also requested that the user be banned.

    Perhaps this user should be warned, but I don't see anything about linking to external sites in the Code of Content article. What can we point to that this user has violated?


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:40 AM
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:27 PM
    Moderator
  • Warning the user will likely have no effect, as all of the activity is over a year old.

    I think we should remove the URL's from the Wiki articles, personally....

    Or, just flag the whole article as spam :)

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer



    My Blog: http://unlockpowershell.wordpress.com
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ("6B61726C6D69747363686B65406D742E6E6574"-split"(?<=\G.{2})",19|%{[char][int]"0x$_"})

    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:39 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:40 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for flagging this. I also agree so removed the offending links. Do chime in if you think that the articles are also spam that should be removed.

    Thanks
    Bruno

    • Marked as answer by Yagmoth555MVP Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:37 AM
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:31 AM
  • Thanks guys for your opinions :o)

    MCP | MCTS 70-236: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring

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    Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:39 AM
  • Hi Richard, I had missed your question. The specific part that we can point to for blatant advertising is in the Terms of Use, that do not allow to...

    "Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Services specifically allows such messages."

    Thanks for keeping us honest!

    Bruno

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:40 AM
  • I see that now in the Terms of Use. Thank you.


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:34 AM
    Moderator