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#1  Edited By zyxe  Moderator
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@mandzilla: welcome!

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#2 zyxe  Moderator
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@pyro1245: Yup, as someone else stated, it's still a lot of fun even without the microtransactions. I haven't directly purchased any silver dust and I've been doing fine. I did start off with 200 from my game purchase but I don't think I've spent any of it yet.

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@rheediculous We are under aggressive spam attack with Korean messages covering up at least the Games Discussion forum (thanks @RicanV for reporting in Slack) and probably need some IP bans. I'm handling what I can from the Spam Queue but that probably won't do enough right now.

Let us know how you'd like us to handle these kinds of events moving forward, if there's something that helps or something standard we do that might actually make things worse in these cases.

I'm on vacation so I'll only be helping for a bit, but thanks to everyone in advance!

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#4 zyxe  Moderator
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Here's another gem of sleeper spammers' IP with cracked game downloads:

41.142.223.219

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#5 zyxe  Moderator
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It looks like posts that are moderated for spam (i.e. sent to the spam museum by terminator) from outside of the spam queue are still showing up in the spam queue. If I mark the post as spam, it causes an error and I cannot seem to clear the item from the queue. Is this a glitch or am I doing it wrong (or both :P)?

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#6  Edited By zyxe  Moderator
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@rheediculous:

We also have a "new" interesting kind of spam (it's not that new, apparently it's been happening for months but I'm not sure if anyone's brought it up). A spammer will create a new topic about a game, sometimes indicating in the thread title that it is a crack or there will be a download for it, but the first post has no links so it's not always caught by terminator. Then, a day or more later, another spammer (not always of the same IP) posts the crack links in the thread.

I'll bet you that's what's going to happen to this thread:

https://www.gamespot.com/forums/assassins-creed-ii-3004443/assassins-creed-origins-steampunks-pc-full-game-cp-33406899/#js-message-1

I haven't touched it even though it's on the spam queue, and I was hoping to watch it and see if the pattern occurs again. What do you guys think?

Edit: and this thread, too: https://www.gamespot.com/forums/need-for-speed-ii-3001584/nfs-payback-steampunks-pc-full-game-cpy-3dm-iso-33406901/#js-message-1

Interesting how both names also have "izzy" in them...

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#7 zyxe  Moderator
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I think this guy accidentally got caught up in the sweep, check out his post that was auto put in the spam museum folder, I actually kinda thought it was neat:

https://www.gamespot.com/profile/azhar_the_gamer/

Do you guys think this is spam?

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#8  Edited By zyxe  Moderator
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@rheediculous:

Greetings, fellow engie :) Very nice work on the spam front; I'll get started with it tomorrow morning!

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#9  Edited By zyxe  Moderator
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@benleslie5: It's totally OK to take a break and come back with fresh ideas when you're ready, don't force it!

What's your favorite gaming genre, though? Maybe we can think of something :)

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#10 zyxe  Moderator
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This isn't the first time this sort of issue has happened, and it won't be the last, so hopefully we will be alerted and given advice when articles skirting the CoC are published. Before would be better, but I can't recall the last time that actually happened lol.

@RicanV said:

I would say the route to go would be to allow discusson of roms and emulators under an article by staff and nowhere else.

However the discussion should be limited to the topic initiated by staff. No outside links, no instructions on how you made your own emulating device, etc.

I agree it's kind of a double standard but staff rules are staff rules at the end of the day.

@khaleesiplays Moving forward if there are additional articles that are contrary to the CoC, can staff notify the moderator team as to how they want us to approach the comment section? In that way we have a unified approach and have a reference point.

Thank you.