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Spam Folder March 2020

Happy March everybody! I’m Sarah and I’m handling the Spam folder so feel free to tag me, @jogihara or @kristen if you need anything. Please post any spammy content here, and we’ll make sure it gets taken care of. Thanks!

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Hi @sarahw

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you! I've banned him.

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The iPhone XR guy is back, again with the same (apparent) trolling questions.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3391710/Zayn

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6203...

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6204...

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Hi @refectio, thank you for pointing this one out. I've taken care of him.

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Can we do something about this “user”. They always post the same answer (SPAM) and it’s too late to ban them myself.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3357693/Mark...

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Hi @refectio, thanks for making us aware of this "user". I've taken care of them. They are gone for now!

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/291...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/314...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you! That's a lot of spam today but now they're gone!

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/About/296175...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/320...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3388338/joe+...

Are these two users one and the same?

Question asked and answered in very quick time, also very close user ID numbers.

Also the OP’s “about” page adds to my suspicions

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3394344/Stev...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3394351/Saro...

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Hi @jayeff, I'm sorry I didn't reply to this one earlier! I had dealt with part of it but had a question on the latter part. I asked a colleague and they agreed with you that they were the same users. I've taken care of them all! Thanks for your patience!

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@sarahw ,

I noticed earlier that you had banned the others so thought perhaps you may be still deciding or had decided what to do about these two.

Either way all good

Cheers.

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Hi @sarahw ,

I think someone is trying to find security breach into iFixit tutorials webpages by trying to inject HTML code into tutorials fields.

Code injection are a common attack method and can be used to force a webpage to display content that it sould not display, like embeding malicious code, display a link or redirect users to a malicious website. It seem's this user didn't succeed, so don't worry.

Here is a link to the users profiles :

https://fr.ifixit.com/User/3393166/kingb...

And

https://fr.ifixit.com/User/3393243/user2...

And Also

https://fr.ifixit.com/User/3394179/attac...

I think you sould consider permanantly ban this (or theses) users by blacklisting his/their IP adresses because they know how to create multiples fake profiles easilly.

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Hi @sarahw ,

I forgot to report this user too :

https://fr.ifixit.com/User/3393240/bug

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Hello @es_six, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've banned them and reported the situation as well!

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

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Thanks @jayeff! I've taken care of him! Have a great weekend :)

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Hi @sarahw

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/338...

djavagoodweegend?

Cheers

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for the posts, these guys were busy! I've taken care of them. I did have a good weekend, thank you!

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/331...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you! He's gone now.

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/328...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/340...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/2674818/Bara...

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Thanks @jayeff! They're busy lately. I've taken care of them!

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Hi @sarahw here is another one https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/318...

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Hi @oldturkey03, thanks for letting us know! I've taken care of him :)

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/339...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/292...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/340...

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Hi @jayeff! Thanks for pointing these accounts out, I've banned them!

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/315...

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Thank you @jayeff! We appreciate all you do! I've taken care of this account.

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@sarahw could you and your team look through the stash of guides by this user please https://www.ifixit.com/User/3274962/Phry...

They are most certainly informative (some say access forbidden etc.) but I am somewhat confused by the credit link to REWA Technology etc., on all of those as well as the watermarks in all of the images posted. Looks like SPAM on a higher level to me but I shall leave this up to TPTB :-)

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I had already cleaned up quite a bit of the nonsense this user has posted. All of the answers and comments that had direct external links were cleaned up. I only left the answers that referred to iFixit guides.

This is my big pet peeve. Companies that created logo'd content and then pass it off as iFixit guides and then solely link their own content and don't seem to actually want to help the user (no replies or follow-up info) and are simply content to flog their products or services. We saw this in the past with eSelekt, Witrigs, Beego and certainly countless others we haven't caught or noticed yet.

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Unfortunately my read of this situation is that TPTB are happy to keep the created content and pay some lip service to forum etiquette by banning the user. In the end, the spammer couldn't care less because their spammy content stays up even if they were banned so they win nonetheless.

As a "company" that plays by the rules, this really upsets me. iFixit has to come clean on this. Either they maintain a "diy community" aspect to this forum and not only banish bad users but also their spammy content or they open up the floodgates and let us all flog our wares.

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@refectio you are/were absolutely right with what you are saying. I think you all know where I stand when it comes to tolerating behaviours like this. What's good for the goose must be good for the gander. I would like to see @sarahw et al to either take those down or have them edited to meet the expectation we all have.

BTW it's good to hear from you and hope that all this frustration is not going to keep you away from Answers. Just pop in and say hi every once in a while :>)

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Hi @sarahw

The 3 answers posted by this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/3346446/John... were all upvoted by this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/340... a couple of minutes after the answer was posted

Very coincidental methinks

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I noticed that yesterday and did some edits to those. I am for taking @phonyphones out and letting @johnrochford know what we think is going on here.

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Thank you @jayeff and @oldturkey03! I've banned @phonyphones but it looks like he and @johnrochford are one and the same. Do you just want to keep an eye on @johnrochford or should we ban him too?

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@jayeff @sarahw you know with all the stuff going on in this world right now I feel for the person. Maybe just an attempt to gain some rep points to become a more respected/accepted member of the community? How about we issue a pardon after a stern talking to by the iFixit squad :-))) @jayeff , what do you think?

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@oldturkey03 ,

OK by me but rather than a pardon how about being on probation instead ;-)

Perhaps the lack of response to his answers provoked this or maybe he was just trying out the system to see what works and what doesn't.

Time will tell I suppose.

Stay safe,

Cheers

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Thank you @jayeff and @oldturkey03, I've drafted an email to explain that he can't do things like that. From now on I guess we'll need to keep an eye on him. I appreciate your input!

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Hi @sarahw

djavagoodweegend?

https://www.ifixit.com/User/About/338912...

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Hi @jayeff! I did have a good weekend, how about yourself? Thanks for letting us know about this account. I've banned them! It seems like a lot was going on in the Spam world.

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@sarahw ,

Sorry for the delayed reply.

The weekend was good, quieter now that restrictions are coming into place re sports events with no spectators and smaller gatherings at venues or even closed venues, social distancing etc due to the problems of covid-19.

Maybe that's why the spam has gone up, more people with more time, so let's hit the keyboard to while away the hours

Stay safe

Cheers.

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@jayeff, thank you! You stay safe too and thank you for keeping up the hard work on the site.

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https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6228...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3406904/Msn+...

Stop spamming. Get some help.

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Haha, thanks @nick! It's nice to have a little levity. I've taken care of this account,. Thanks for making us aware!

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Hi @sarahw

Looks like we have a spammer in the News feeds! I can’t delete them.

https://www.ifixit.com/News/36324/5-fixe...

https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-u...

https://www.ifixit.com/News/36437/chip-g...

Here’s the user: 3409797

Update: Same bozo another user account!

https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-u...

Here’s the user: 3409800

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Hi @danj, thank you for letting us know about these spammers! I've deleted two posts but it looks like two were already taken care of and it looks like they were also already banned!

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@sarahw - I did what I could - For some reason I can mark some as spam others I can't. Otherwise I would have done all of the entries.

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Hi @sarahw ,

Could you delete a comment by this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/341... in this page. https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-u.... I’ve banned the user already to stop any further problems and deleted all the other spam entries but can’t delete this comment

This user is just one of the usual suspects https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/341...

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Hi @jayeff! Thank you for banning the user! It looks like someone got to that comment before I could so it's been taken care of! I've removed the content and banned the other user though :)

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Hi @sarahw ,

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/341...

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@jayeff - He's been banished!

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https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/5301...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3418095/Admi...

You might need this:

Block Image

A real banhammer is available, but it requires a 3D printer.

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Done! Hammered home.

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@danj Hopefully it hurt.

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@nick - Likely me more than him ;-{

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Thank you @nick and @danj! Sorry I couldn't get to this right away!

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Hi @sarahw

Same as on the 22/03 different user ID but same spam https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/341... can’t delete the comment on this page https://www.ifixit.com/News/36480/theres... but I have banned the user and deleted the rest of the spam posts

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Hi @jayeff! It looks like someone else took care of deleting the comment, so it's taken care of. Thanks for banning the user!

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I don’t want to ban this guy but his @officalifixit name seems unacceptable to me

https://www.ifixit.com/User/2647594/Bada...

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Hi @mayer, I would agree but I need to check with a @kristen just to make sure. I'll follow-up on this first thing tomorrow morning! Thanks for letting us know about him!

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Hi @mayer, I'm not sure if you reached out to that user or if someone else did but it looks like he changed his name. Either way, thank you!

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Hi @sarahw ,

Off topic I know but is the Answers forum Moderation feature not working?

Could this be checked out please?

Looking at the two entries the lower entry shows 6 users have voted for it to be removed but it is only showing a vote count of 2 / 5 votes and the top one has 4 users shown also for a vote count of 2 / 5

https://www.ifixit.com/Moderation

The moderator’s “super powers” are still non functional on this page, so I cannot do much of anything about it ;-(

Stay Healthy,

Cheers.

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Hi @jayeff, I'm sorry to hear that your "super powers" aren't working. I'm not sure why that's the case but I will pass this on to someone to troubleshoot and either they or I will get back to you about this as soon as possible. I hope you are staying safe and healthy too!

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Hi @jayeff, so I have some information on the issue, "not all the votes were in favor of removal, but as a workaround for the Super Powers not working, you can go to the posts themselves to moderate them and force the vote to pass there." Currently the Super Powers issue is being investigated. Thanks for your patience!

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