We need better options for guide notifications
In one of my guides (in this case, my HP UPD guide)I keep having issues with spam comments. They get deleted by iRobot, but the notifications persist. While iRobot doing his job is a good thing, I check the notification to find out the comment doesn’t exist anymore and then I end up checking Moderation to see it was spam. This has happened ~4 times, at least.
Personally, I am getting frustrated that it keeps happening and the lack of options outside of ignoring comments is getting annoying. I’m looking at my options as of this post and they both are terrible in different ways:
- Pull the guide temporarily so the spam subsides (make it private)
- Hurts the readers
- Kills the spam problem because they will move on and target someone else.
- Deal with it and keep the guide up
- I will keep getting these notifications I’m tired of
- The spammers will continue to have a platform to do this
- I can’t setup my comment notifications to not send one for spam or comments deleted within 5 minutes, so I will keep getting these notifications as it continues to happen
I’m out of options that I can utilize. Does anyone know how I can reduce or eliminate the spam comment problem so I can get rid of these notifications without pulling the guide? I don’t want to temporarily pull the guide if I can help it since that will punish everyone over a small group of aggressive spammers but it’s increasingly looking like the best option. I gave it time to sort itself out and I thought it did but now the problem is back and it’s at the point I cannot let it happen and hope for the best. So far, it’s happened 2 times (3 times today) and I’m tired of it. At this point, I need a solution that will make these spammers go away while hurting as few people as possible since zero harm is impossible unless I let this continue to happen.
I would be more willing to overlook the spam problems if there were genuine comments on the guide, but there are zero. They have all been spam.
It seems like it has subsided, so I’m willing to wait and see on this guide. However, if it happens again I will probably have to pull the guide temporarily since there’s clearly no good option.
Just to be clear, I do expect a small amount of spam on content like this - it’s a prime target unfortunately. However, I’m not willing to put up with waves of spam just because I expect the occasional spammer to come in and try their luck.
Due to the spam not stopping (and a lack of options), I am forced to pull this guide. This time will not be disclosed. I don’t think it’ll matter much because it only has 1 completion and 3,128 views (TL;DR: Very few actual readers). It seems like the majority are just skimming it. I tried a warning shot and it didn’t stop the problem soon enough.
Next time, it won’t be temporary. I’m willing to try a temporary pull this time because it may be bad luck. If it happens again then I will make this guide private, permanently.
Admin: Do not make this live again, even if someone begs. I’m not interested in giving these people a platform. I will make the decision of how long it remains down myself. If I’ve forgotten, @ me so I can get it done or clear it if I cannot do it for whatever reason.
And I STILL can’t catch a break from these spammers. This is only the first time it’s happened in a month and some change (11 days) so I’m willing to wait and see as I did last time. I’m willing to hold out on the final option at my disposal if I’m made aware of changes I can use to hide notifications like these but I haven’t seen it yet.
However, if I see it happen more then once the guide comes down permanently. I tried a temporary pull and it only lasted 1 month before it happened again. I’m starting to think this guide was a mistake on my part to make.
Is this a good question?