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Would people object to paying a few pence / cents to join...

to try and stop these stupid spammers? Just as idea... I know i would rather pay like 50p (what is that in USD... a dollar?) as a one-off registration fee than see all these offensive posts.
fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!

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  • GreencurlsGreencurls Posts: 81Registered Users
    I would be happy to pay a fee in order to have a spam-free site! I sometimes think twice about popping on to this site to check the latest posts, because I think to myself, "What offensive posts am I going to come across if I do?"

    Most of the time I am only on here for 10-15 minutes, and in that time I usually come across at least one offensive post. And some of these posts sit on the board undeleted for days, or weeks, or longer it seems. I have wondered if there is someone here who daily scans the recent posts? I would gladly do the job if someone wants to give me the power!
  • zeldagoblinzeldagoblin Posts: 575Registered Users
    I agree, considering that we have young teens that use the site too.

    Liz x
    Here are my curly pics, password is fuzz

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fzeldagoblin%2F" class="Popup

    But then again, too few to mention...
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Hey I'm in for a fee as long as we can keep it affordable.
    I think probably today is the worst I've seen it in a while. Poor monitors take a day off and they all bombard the place
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FMedusahair%2F" class="Popup

    If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I belong to several other free forums and none has a spam problem like this one.
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    i am not sure if fees are necessary. i suggested to the moderators that we institute a policy of having all new members be moderated for the first few posts till we see they are ok. that is what i do with my yahoogroups and we have NO SPAM. drivel maybe but no spam :)
    perhaps we can also volunteer to be spam reporters and just send them to M&G so they can delete their memberships.
    banjo
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
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    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Flazycurls" class="Popup
  • jaxjax Posts: 24Registered Users
    Hi, new here, but it's one of the first things I noticed. What will stop them is requiring they submit a valid email addy, and then must verify their membership through the email before they can post.
  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    I belong to several other free forums and none has a spam problem like this one.

    Yes, I am a member on several other forums and none has this much SPAM if any. This is a VERY popular/active board though.

    I don't think a fee would be a good idea though.

  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Kurlee wrote:
    I belong to several other free forums and none has a spam problem like this one.

    Yes, I am a member on several other forums and none has this much SPAM if any. This is a VERY popular/active board though.

    I don't think a fee would be a good idea though.

    Yeah, I think if there was a fee, fewer curlies would join the site - after all, I remember my first tentative clicks on here, and I know if I saw a fee I wouldn't have stayed.
    OMG, LOOK!!

    ...It's a siggie. :shock:
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    I don't think a fee would change anything. If G&M could stop the spammers, they would (and the blasted spammers just keep coming up with new ways to get posts on). If you're saying spammers wouldn't pay, I can see that. But it penalizes everyone else.

    Maybe an email verification process before they can post could work since spammers don't like manual processes.
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I belong to several other free forums and none has a spam problem like this one.

    I'll have to agree with this.

    I don't see a problem with new posters being moderated at first.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Yeah I think they need that thing where you have to type the weird letters and numbers in and moderating but I'm not sure there are mods with that kind of time?
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FMedusahair%2F" class="Popup

    If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Why the heck are they coming here, anyway?? This site is not exactly full of people who would go to the links.
    OMG, LOOK!!

    ...It's a siggie. :shock:
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Why the heck are they coming here, anyway?? This site is not exactly full of people who would go to the links.

    they might be bot programs of some sort
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I would definitely pay now. But when I was new, I would not have paid to join.
  • x_tigerlilyx_tigerlily Posts: 432Registered Users
    I would not pay.

    Why?

    I don't have a credit card and I can't borrow someone else's.
    3C/4A and too long to handle (and afford!)
  • LadyCurlyLocksLadyCurlyLocks Posts: 341Registered Users
    I agree that new members should be moderated, or at least have some crypto-fill in to screen out the automated bots. I think doing anything like that will weed out most, if not all of the spammers. And does anyone else notice that we've been flooded with spam all of a sudden? I mean, I haven't been a member here for years or anything, but there's been a considerable increase in spam since I've joined. Not enough to keep me off the boards, though, as I just ignore their posts :)
    3B Corkscrew... I'm back on the boards now! Just got The Big Chop on Monday, pics coming soon.
  • jennyfurrensjennyfurrens Posts: 708Registered Users
    I agree that many of us would probably pay now but the idea of having to pay when you sign up, when you've no notion of how well this site will help you or your curls, would be very offputting.

    When I first joined about 9 months back the site was spam free pretty much> i wonder why there's been a sudden influx? it's like with junk mail too - some days I get none and then i go through a two week phase of getting LOADS all from the same type of spammers.

    it might be quite technical but maybe it's to do with the bot's getting hold of the website code (i dont know technicalities but i'm sure there's something like that) or the i.p. address and using that. is there a way to block that, to at least limit the spam?

    it must be such a lot of work for the mods!

    cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
    condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
    style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


    pw: curlywurly
  • life's hard for a curllife's hard for a curl Posts: 89Registered Users
    as for the recent popularity of spam it might have something to do with the web site being mentioned in the new york times recently: more recognition from everybody including the spammers.
    but as much as it would seem odd that they would post on this board the amount of views received for these kinds of posts is never 0.
    I am a 3c reformed product junkie thanks to the economy.

    I lurk a lot, I change my hair color a lot. It's currently black and bsl when wet and beyond my shoulders still when dry.

    Now I will stop procrastinating and get back to what I was supposed to be doing before I got on here.

    Any questions?