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    Heather
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    I’m sure this has already been noticed, but we seem to have attracted an advertising bot. There are four new threads that look pretty out-of-place: one for custom-printed bags, one for diaper bags, one for jeans, and one for sneakers. They’re in the Windstone Store Discussion section; if they were in the Flea Market I wouldn’t have said anything, but they’re clearly in an odd place and that makes me think they were put there by a bot. I opened the one for printed bags and it sure looks like an ad to me, but I haven’t opened the other three. The poster for all four is beatsdresales.

    If I am in error and this is just a case of someone accidentally posting the wrong topics in the wrong forum, then I apologize profoundly. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But if we’ve got a bot then I also don’t want the Forum to get spammed with a bunch of automated adverts either. :~

    #885741

    Melody
    Keymaster

    I’m sure this has already been noticed, but we seem to have attracted an advertising bot. There are four new threads that look pretty out-of-place: one for custom-printed bags, one for diaper bags, one for jeans, and one for sneakers. They’re in the Windstone Store Discussion section; if they were in the Flea Market I wouldn’t have said anything, but they’re clearly in an odd place and that makes me think they were put there by a bot. I opened the one for printed bags and it sure looks like an ad to me, but I haven’t opened the other three. The poster for all four is beatsdresales.

    If I am in error and this is just a case of someone accidentally posting the wrong topics in the wrong forum, then I apologize profoundly. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But if we’ve got a bot then I also don’t want the Forum to get spammed with a bunch of automated adverts either. :~

    yup

    #885742

    Carolyn
    Participant

    I noticed it seems weird . What does it have to do with Windstones .

    #885743

    Susie
    Keymaster

    That spam should be all gone now! Thanks for letting us know. If you see one – its a good idea to pm or email me or John or Pam… There’s supposed to be a report button but someone said it was missing. Not sure about that problem! Thanks! Spam averted.

    #888466

    When you advertise a product or service, you attempt to persuade an audience to take action. Marketing, on the other hand, is a strategy that organizes sales techniques and business communications in an effort to build a relationship with customers and create value, according the American Marketing Association. Proper marketing is identifying and satisfying the wants and needs of customers while making a profit at the same time. Thanks.
    Regards,
    Law Creative

    #888476

    Dragon_Hoarder
    Participant

    ^ oh the irony

    #921054

    etruscan
    Participant

    Those are a different poster, who actually has been a member for several weeks (which doesn’t mean it isn’t a bot).

    #921053

    Stormbreeze
    Participant

    There are a bunch of ads for medicine and pills now… creepy. I think someone might (?) want to remove those. (They aren’t in flea market section, or else I would not have asked.)

    My apologies if someone had posted them on purpose, but I don’t think they belong here.

    Keeping an eye out for fantasy gryphons and test paint dragons.
    #921055

    Kiya
    Participant

    I tried removing them, but I get a weird error when I try to follow the links – which might mean someone else is trying to remove them too. I’ll poke someone tomorrow if they’re still there.

    #921060

    Kim
    Participant

    That’s weird. I just checked now and see them all listed as new forum topics but when I clicked on them it said not found which is probably good if someone already removed them. I would probably remove whoever posted them so they don’t appear everyday. I have a facebook group where we get people requesting to join all the time that turn out to be fake profiles posting advertisements so I have to check carefully to see who people are before adding them and if they post anything, delete it and ban them.

    Looking for rainbow or pink & teal grab bags!

    #921069

    Prezaurian
    Participant

    How obnoxious! I’m glad they’ve been removed.

    #921077

    Susie
    Keymaster

    Now I think that last spam has been completely removed!

    #921078

    Ela_Hara
    Participant

    Now I think that last spam has been completely removed!

    Yea Ms Susie!
    Saving us from those Nasty Bots! 😀

    They’re not going to take over OUR Windstone World! 😉

    *~*~*~* Ela_Hara: The DragonKeeper *~*~*~*
    "And now, Draco, without you, what do we do? Where do we turn?"
    "To the stars, Bowen. To the stars."

    >>> Come visit me on deviantArt at http://ela-hara.deviantart.com

    #921082

    Prezaurian
    Participant

    Now I think that last spam has been completely removed!

    Thank you!

    #921925

    Ela_Hara
    Participant

    Looks like another SPAM Bot has attacked, but is more wide spread this time… 🙁

    *~*~*~* Ela_Hara: The DragonKeeper *~*~*~*
    "And now, Draco, without you, what do we do? Where do we turn?"
    "To the stars, Bowen. To the stars."

    >>> Come visit me on deviantArt at http://ela-hara.deviantart.com

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