DreamcastRIP wrote:So precisely which powers do the 'spam busters' now have if, as intimated, those powers have recently been reined in?
Is it just being able to delete spam posts?
Or do you 'spam busters' still have the power to close and/or delete reports?
Do you still receive notifications when members report posts?
Yep we still receive reports, can delete posts or edit them. The problem is when an annoying spammer like fgdag4 appears and posts spam after spam, i can only just delete one of his posts at a time, in the old days you could select the spammer, delete all posts at once by him and then block/ban his account and thats it, jobs a good un. fgdag4 was posting a new spam thread every few minutes, so frustrating as anything.
So its like a game of cat and mouse now, he posts a spam post, i delete it, he posts another, i delete it which is frustrating. If fgdag4 posts more later then one at a time i delete them, i cant stop his account. So spammers could essentially keep spamming and we keep deleting them one by one which is ridiculous really. 'Most' spammers seem to post a few and then disappear but the odd one will come back it seems and post more.
If you view the recent users you'll see the spammers have 0 posts but their accounts are active. Or theres spammers who join just to put their URL there (which i cant delete as i cant delete the spam user account which is frustrating).
Nearly feel like giving up as if theres a spammer who might post 20 spam threads, theres no way i'll be chasing him deleting post after post when in normal terms i should just be able to select his account and nuke him and his posts.
Think its still down to the infamous episode months back when that young lad was posting thread after thread (eg why is the sky blue?) type crap, no one was around, i suspended his account (as he was spamming like crazy) so i could wait for other mods/Darren to ask what to do, the 'spammers' mum got involved, moaned to Imagine, the mods had their powers taken away (Thats when i then went away during my 'hissy fit' !), said she was going to the police (?!?) and since then we havent had proper mod powers. Ridiculous.
Thats why theres now 100's of old spam accounts listed in the user list with all those dodgy URL's sat there. eg memberlist.php?mode=&sk=c&sd=d#memberlist