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Spam Folder April 2020

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there. And we also want to give an extra shout-out to the mods that make the site great! Thank you for all you do. I’m Sarah and I’m looking after the spam folder so feel free to tag me or @kristen or @jogihara if you need anything. Please post any spammy content here, and we’ll make sure it’s taken care of. Thanks!

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I would like to retreive the spam i received for the month of April, 2020. Can you help me? Thank you. My Email is bobsbartlett@gmail.com

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@bob bartlett can you please clarify what you mean? Was something deleted that you posted? Thanks for your help!

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Hi @sarahw ,

Are the answers provided by this user spam? No direct links but always the same recommendation.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3393303/Mich...

Just the usual

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/342...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you for continuing to post! I took care of the second one and the first one is okay for now. He had some information besides what he said about the store and he doesn't include a link. I think we should keep an eye on him instead. If he just starts posting identical answers, then we would consider it spam. Thanks again!

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Hi @sarahw

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

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Hi @jayeff, thank you! He's gone for now. Have a good weekend!

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@sarahw - Hammer Time! 3385120

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Hi @danj, thanks for the post! I got him, he's taken care of.

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https://www.ifixit.com/User/3434278/Isai...

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6264...

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6266...

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/4607...

Spam and nasty answers in one package! The day finally came. Gonna need a plow and dumpster to deal with this one - a hammer won’t work since they have one in their picture.

I think a warning is more in line with them - they aren’t a lost cause.

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Hi @nick, thanks for making us aware of him. We think overall he is being helpful and he made a couple of snarky comments which is not good. If he starts to comment with foul or abusive language we will consider a ban. Thank you!

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Hi @sarahw ,

No spam but these two joined the same day and just seem to promote the product or the app.

No links but I think it’s a bit suspicious.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3377940/smar...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3377908/setu...

If I don’t post beforehand

‘avahappyeaster

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Thank you @jayeff! I think if they start bombing the answers with their company links, then we can think about a ban but until then we'll just have to keep our eyes on them. I hope you have a Happy Easter too! : )

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Hi @sarahw ,

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

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/316...

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Hi @jayeff! Thank you, I've taken care of them. Have a great weekend!

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Hi @sarahw ,

djavagoodeasterweegend?

Maybe the wrong place to ask but do you think that this user is really being paranoid about his phone or just gets his jollies by being annoying?

He has basically asked the same question in various ways 9 times since 03 Apr. and even asks them again and again in comments when people have answered him.

This is an example of what I mean

I’ve already advised him to ask on other forums or even to get a professional repairer’s opinion as he didn’t seem to listen to any of the responses he got. But it seems that he just submits the same again as a new question to get different opinions which again he seemed to disregard.

To my view his posts are now just nuisance value

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3426281/john...

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I'm over it too - I've explained things and yet there's another question or some new point. I ignore them and all of a sudden they bring it up again until they get a new response that's canned at this point - which isn't obvious to him :|.

I gave it 2 days and now this is just a case of him being stubborn or wasting people's time.

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Hi @sarahw ,

He has now posted his 10th new question on the same subject around about the same time as his last comment in the link I posted above.

Most probably realized that @nick wasn't going to respond anymore and now needs someone else to toy with to get his jollies.

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Hi @jayeff and @nick, thank you for letting us know about him. We contacted him and are cleaning up his posts. We appreciate that you helped him and if he doesn't stop posting on the same subject, we will have to ban him. Thanks again!

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Hi @sarahw ,

I think our friend from yesterday is back using another User ID, as it was exactly the same question as asked previously, so I’ve banned him.

I’ll keep an eye out in case he tries it again using yet another user ID and keep banning him while I’m online, till hopefully he gets the message.

I’ll update any more new User IDs (if any) as I go.

Do you think that this may be spam as well perhaps, because it is always the same link that is attached when the question is first asked?

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/344...

The user ID below was created and used to comment on this link. I removed the comment

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/344...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you for catching this. It's becoming more clear that this guy is spamming. We had decided to ban him for a month but it seems like maybe we should do a full ban. Thank you for removing the comment.

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Hi @sarahw ,

Here’s just another one of the usual suspects

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/343...

Cheers.

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for this post. He was very busy! I've taken care of this one.

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https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6286...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3444781/Benj...

We may need to resort to a tar and feathering.

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@sarahw drastic measures may need to be taken.

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Hi @sarahw ,

I've banned him and deleted the post

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3444781/Benj...

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Hi @nick and @jayeff, thank you! I'm sorry I didn't get to it yesterday. I appreciate you taking care of it @jayeff :)

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Hi @sarahw ,

I think that this is our “friend” again, https://www.ifixit.com/User/3445984/Owen... so I’ve banned him and deleted the post.

The “comment” to the answer in the link provided below says it all I think.

Not too clever using the same wording all the time, but at least it helps to spot him

https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6287... .

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Hi @jayeff, thank you! Wow, I am astounded! This person is really persistent but yes, thankfully we can recognize him by his posts! Thanks again!

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@jayeff - You've been busy! Thanks for taking the time to catch these. Being the early bird on this blue marble gives you the advantage ;-}

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@danj

The +12 hour time difference is making it harder for spam to be kept on for too long before one of us picks up on it and deletes it. Hopefully this is discouraging to the spammers

I pick up on it early, you and the others pick up on it when it is late here.

Stay safe

Cheers.

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This punk cast 7 down votes so far today. Please give him a seven month ban. I think @danj will agree with me, we just don’t need this type of guy around. He’s going back on old answers and down voting them.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/303...

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Hi @mayer, thank you for letting us know about this user. We've banned him for a period of time. We hope he gets the message he can't operate like this.

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https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/6122...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3344883/Luth...

At least they tried to hide it?

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Hi @nick, thanks for the post! I've taken care of this one.

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Hi @sarahw ,

I’ve deleted the posts

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3459707/Robe...

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Hi @jayeff, thank you, we appreciate it :) I've taken care of him! Have a good and safe weekend!

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@sarahw ,

Stay safe and 'avagoodweegend!

Cheers

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Speaker - related - buzz

https://meta.ifixit.com/User/3460612/Tru...

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The banhammer went MIA with this

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Some moderator has banned this foul mouthed guy forever. Who knows which moderator did it.

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Hi @nick and @mayer, yes someone beat me to it. Thank you whoever took care of this!

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Hi @sarahw ,

I found a SPAM, this one is sneaky, but it isn’t just a SPAM, it’s a SCAM disguised in tutorial :

https://fr.ifixit.com/Tutoriel/How+to+Re...

I think it’s ban hammer time for the author :)

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I think this one is SPAM too because it doesn't add valuable content to iFixit :

https://fr.ifixit.com/Tutoriel/iPhone+ev...

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Hi @es_six, thank you for the posts. I've banned the first one however the second one we don't think is a spammer but it isn't a helpful guide so we've deleted it. Thanks again!

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Hi @sarahw ,

Think this user is being helpful or is it just spam, I’m not sure? Always links the same website

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3458014/Robe...

Sure about this one though. I’ve deleted all the posts

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3418381/Evan...

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for letting us know about these two. I've taken care of both of them. The first shouldn't be promoting his business with links in every answer so I've banned him too. Thanks again!

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Hi @sarahw ,

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

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/346...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/345...

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Hi Jayeff! I got all of them! Thank you so much :)

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Hi @sarahw ,

This user is also promoting, I think.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3467700/Dyso...

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for letting us know! I've taken care of the account. Have a great Wednesday :)

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@sarahw - I’ve got a real wacky one here!

Here’s the post question it was posted in: Numerous battery + screen problems

And the Answer message:

CTS SHOUTOUTS: 5 SPECIAL PEOPLE GET A MENTION ON BEHALF OF THE CTS TEAM AND THESE PEOPLE ARE:

THOSE ARE THE 5 SPECIAL PEOPLE GETTING SHOUTOUTS. ALSO SPECIAL MENTION TO THE ORGANISER AND CREATOR OF ALL OF THIS CHANG TECH SMART (CTS CEO) GO CHECK OUT ACCOUNT AT @changtechsmart AND CHECK OUT CTS TEAM AND MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE SOCIALS THAT ARE LISTED ON THE TEAM WEBSITE.

THANKS - CTS MEMBER/CTS SHOUTOUT GENERATOR

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The users are dead ones!

@rando1952 1503562

@kgarbacz 2218727

@anyonefxm 1657567

@william 1440061

@jack 1439711

The only accounts that is being used are these:

@ctsmembersg @ctsgiveaways as well as @changtechsmart which are all throwing out wacky junk! And more posts like the example above! Some have real posters like @mayer & @jayeff in these shoutouts.

None of it has any real content that I could see. I think it all should be flushed out and a message send off to Chang.

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Hi @danj @sarahw ,

I banned this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/3469541/CTS+... earlier because they were just posting their Instagram account and also because of the weird answer that is shown above.

Initially they were OK and then the self promo started I have deleted all the posts created by the above that contained spam etc.

Also banned this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/3469566/CTS+... for the same reasons as above

Ditto this user https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/346...

They were getting a bit prolific

This user https://www.ifixit.com/User/3467896/Chan... still seems to be OK as yet there is no weird answers, although I did delete all the self promo Instagram comments (7+) that were left by this user.

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for taking care of these. I haven't seen this type of activity before so I appreciate your help. Thank you @danj for making us aware!

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@sarahw - Can you send a polite cease and desist note to him. Thanks!

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@jayeff - Thanks for helping! Someone with a bit too much time on their hands!

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@danj It looks like https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/346... is affiliated with those other accounts and should probably be banned too as he's violating the spam policy as well.

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Hi @sarahw ,

Can 200 pts be given back to this user please? I feel that this should be done so as not to discourage him from further participation if he wants to.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/346...

He posted the same answer twice with an image in it and both were deleted by the iRobot and then a third without an image which worked OK I can’t work out what the problem was with the first two, so I restored one answer and advised the user, who subsequently deleted the answer that was without the image

I realize that this may not be the right place but I didn’t think that it was worth a whole new question on meta.

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Hi @jayeff, thank you for making us aware of the situation. I talked to @kristen and she removed the negative rep. I hope this fixed the situation! Thanks again :)

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Hi @sarahw @kristen

Thank you both,

Cheers

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Hi @sarahw ,

Not sure how to regard this user.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/2237510/Loth...

All the answers are essentially “email me” for the answer so they are not spam (as yet)but not helpful either e.g. “I have done it, I know the answer, email me”

He has been a member for a long time.

Perhaps an email about what constitutes an answer may be appropriate.

What do you think?

Also this one always linking the same website.

https://www.ifixit.com/User/3441046/bror...

Hopefully the last for April from me, even if posted here in May ;-)

Cheers.

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Hi @jayeff, thanks for letting us know about these two, I've emailed the first user to ask him to actually answer the questions in the forum and not to ask users to email him and I've banned the second. I appreciate your help!

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hi @sarahw ,

Looks like I was a bit premature with my last post ;-)

They’re back. The CTS group I mean.

I’ve banned those below and removed all the spam

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/347...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/347...

These I picked up by going here and saw that the user had posted spam as well. All the other ‘members’ as yet haven’t done anything but maybe should be collectively banned anyway

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/347...

https://www.ifixit.com/User/Activity/347...

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Yep! I guess we will need to monitor him for a while ;-{

He's already created new users and company! https://www.ifixit.com/Team/Members/3987... Killed what I could.

He's getting smarter! 3441046. He's now using a second account to vote up his answers! 3275227

@sarahw - Did you send the poison pen note to him?

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Hi @danj, I just banned him. Generally we don't send emails to spammers. When we have attempted to before, they have had false emails. Hopefully, he will just get tired of it. Thanks for your help. Have a good weekend!

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