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BST Sellers - FAKE Ranking Results

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by ContentExpert, Aug 11, 2019.

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  1. ContentExpert

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    I just discovered a thread where a marketplace seller used doctored/photoshopped ranking graphs to entice prospects to purchase his service.

    This is very misleading and in my opinion should be a ban-worthy action.

    This is technically scamming someone in to making a purchase.

    First time a seller was caught doing this I'd ban them because more than likely they'll do it again but next time more carefully to not get caught.

    Selling here's a privelege and posting photoshopped ranking results is abusing this privilege and insulting the intelligence of MOD's.

    Such a member (in my opinion) doesn't deserve to sell here. Taking advantage of naive buyers (or anyone for that matter) isn't right and it's frustrating to see such sleazy sale tactics from a BHW service provider.
     
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  2. ILearnSEO

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    I strongly agree with you.

    So many buyers are clueless and all they see is "results".

    Like literally, if you try and sell with a "proof" you can sell their own ongoing link portfolio and tell em hat you've built those.
     
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    But did you report him?
     
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    I agree with you too. I dont show "proof" screenshots to my clients as they can be doctored easily like you said.

    Speak to the mods about it though, maybe they can help.
     
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    If you had reported him instead of creating a thread, we could have looked and acted.

    In the time you took to create this thread, said seller might have already been banned, if the proof was sufficient.

    So unless you want us to play a guessing game here, why not hit the report button, so staff can follow this up?

    Just a thought.
     
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    • Infraction for Mod abuse. Lacking proof. You (should) know the process.
    I'm happy you asked.

    My reason for not reporting it and bringing it up for public discussion is because the fake ranking graphs have already been discovered and acknowledged by a MOD in that thread (I didn't see a reason for reporting it since it was already acted on by a MOD in a way they felt was most appropriate).

    However, the acting MOD responded to the discovery by editing/updating the approval comment notifying others of the fake graphs that were posted by the seller.

    The purpose of this post is to inquire on why such an action isn't ban-worthy? Or, is it and the acting MOD just chose not to take such measures as it's at their discretion?

    Obviously, had a MOD not seen or acted on it I would've done what you suggested and reported it without the creation of a thread (as I do frequently).
     
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    You should use the name of seller directly or report that graph to mods.
    Graphs are always important, to explain how effective service is. But, if you are 100% sure it is photo shopped then report it, or either you doubt go for it.
    Sellers need to explain the level of keyword difficulty or buyers should ask this.

    What's the thread url?
     
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    It's very hard to detect photoshoped screenshots data, unless you have found proof for example in Google Images (yes, I found such seller in the past, who used stolen screenshots).
    It's hard to find out, because even Photoshop putting some proofs/exif/some info in hash files, then it's non proof. I always photoshoping my screenshots, to cut the screen area I want to show, change resolution (to adjust to post size / text area on BHW) and avoid to put big images.
    Probably 90% screenshots on BHW are photoshoped. You cannot put 4k images (my resolution) on BHW xD
     
  10. Diamond Damien

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    Let's name names. This is a shit list matter not a trolling feast. Without proof, photoshopped or otherwise this goes no further.

    Closed at OP’S request.
     
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