questionsis there any way for woot to block listings from…

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Apparently site/IP blocking is not something of which Woot/Amazon is capable. It would eliminate most of the spammers, but although their IT people are capable of designing multiple Woot e-commerce websites covering hundreds of deals on a daily basis, the ability to block IPs or domains is overwhelming to them. This idea has been served up many times but the spammers are still here. And more longtime Wooters are not.

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@zippy the pinhead: maybe they should put @lichme: on it, he seems the capable sort. :-) His wootstalker app has handled everything Woot has thrown at it, with aplomb.

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They can block sites, and have. Take a quick search for "why can't I add deals from my site? it worked before?" kinds of questions. IP addresses are a different matter,and there's no sense in blacklisting them. They just pop up with a new IP in days (or even hours).

I think most folks are busy with the woot off, but just in case someone's around (or around tomorrow, just as good), maybe we can ask if this suggestion can be forwarded up the food chain.

Dear @thunderthighs, @hizzo87, @rogetray, @faughtey, or anyone else that's currently paying attention;

Could you please consider the suggestion made by @pickypickypicky in this question about blocking links on the Deals side for the Uber dot Com web site? It seems a reasonable request, and would leave room for Leak Frogs and other important items.

Thank you very much; hope the woot off went well. I helped (I bought some wine).

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Thanks @shrdlu:, do you need to burn special incense, or candles, when you do an invocation that powerful?

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@pickypickypicky: Nah. You just have to have the fortitude to use the call ;)

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@thumperchick: Oh yeah, while I have your ear, I wanted to let you know how appreciated your peacekeeping efforts are over @ woot proper. You always have a soothing demeanor, and cut right through whatever nonsense is going on. Voice of reason, nice.

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We will keep deleting the posts with referral links, as soon as we see them. We wouldn't want to block Uber altogether at this point.

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@wootg8r: I figured they wouldn't, just thought I'd try. And when the mods don't have time to get to them, and they sit there for hours, I guess it's just a big win for the self-serving spammers.

Thanks for responding here anyway.

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@pickypickypicky: You are right. Spammers are one of our biggest issues. Working with I.T. on that now. Trying to find a solution!

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What would really help, in the absence of not being able to block IPs, would be to immediately delete the account associated with the spammer (maybe after 3 strikes if they are new). If they have to create a new account every time they log on, they will probably get frustrated and just go away. There are at least 6 spammers I can think of off the top of my head that have been flagged/posts deleted too many times to count, yet their accounts don't get deleted. The other way to stop spam is to actually have the mods curate the site, and have to approve each post. Obviously that would create more work for the mods, but I would wager that the quality of posts will go up if users know their posts will be subject to approval.

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@zippy the pinhead: That's a great idea, except it would kinda ruin getting a chance at a time sensitive deal. Maybe you have to post X deals over x days that are accepted by the mods if you are new, then you can return to posting freely? I don't know, just throwing out options.

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hi, imma not really familiar with how referral links work so idk if this would work, but could woot just automagically filter out the referral part, leaving just the linky part (kinda like how the main site filters out bad words)? if posters get no benefit (b/c the link doesn't have any referral info), then mabe they'd stop posting referral links. i guess this would only work if there is a common syntax for referrals.

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@zippy the pinhead: Or have volmods who can approve posts, or flag them for woot's paid mods to look at/edit/etc.

I wonder if they would give us that kind of power?

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So, @wootg8r, whatcha say?

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@thumperchick: I want the ability to delete the deals from the ebay spammer. Just him. I generally log in within a very short time of his postings, but tattles can often sit for a few hours if there's a shortage of mod staffing or time. Everyone else that spams us or repeatedly posts unacceptable deals I can just tattle and ignore, but the ebay spammer and his attacks on a specific Wooter have become genuinely egregious.

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@no1: I don't think that would work, because the folks posting the referral links aren't part of any organized effort. Each of their posts is a one-shot deal, and I doubt any of them even bother to come back here to look at their post. This type of spamming is the equivalent of running around in a mall parking lot putting advertising flyers on car windows: the only intent is to get the info out as far and as fast as possible.

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@magic cave: you are being too kind, I want to delete him from existence everywhere, he is so vicious. And he seems to be aware enough to know when mods are short staffed. It would be cool if there was an automated way to make a posting dissappear from view, pending a mod review, if X number of users tattled. Or if a handful of users were deputized, not necessarily to remove a post, but to put it into a sort of holding pattern. That way, mods could verify the veracity of the removal, or restore the listing, as applicable. Just dreaming here.

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@pickypickypicky: I could dig most of that. I really like the time-out till a mod reviews things idea.

Here's my weird take on the spammer: the stuff he sells isn't too bad, it's priced reasonably, and he has good customer feedback. He's doing what many of us do: making some money, probably as a side job, maybe to support his family. I think that's pretty good, kind of like the the guy driving through my neighborhood last weekend. Mid or late 20's, wearing khaki pants and a nice polo shirt, driving a mom-car. He stopped to ask The Spouse if we needed our lawn mowed. The Spouse, who'd planned to mow later that afternoon, paid him $20 for 15 minutes of mowing. When we talked about it later, he said the guy just looked like maybe he needed the money to feed his family.

I don't begrudge the spammer his work. I begrudge him doing it here, where he's breaking the rules and being rude and insulting, I don't want to get him out of the universe; I just want him out of our universe.