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Newbies allowed to have live links?

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by sturose, Oct 10, 2016.

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Should new members be allowed a live website link on display?

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  2. No

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  1. sturose

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    As suggested in THIS thread I thought it would be an idea to find out what people actually think about the current free for all with live links on display for members of all statuses.

    The thread linked above is a prime example of the increase in useless spam posts purely in an attempt to promote an external site.

    I suggest that this is disallowed either permanently for non donating members or temporarily until a user has been here for xxx amount of time and has a certain post count.

    What does everyone else think?
     
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  2. HoNeYBiRD

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    As I said in the thread mentioned above, I appreciate an attempt at culling spam. However, as with literally everything in life you CANNOT stop people who don't follow rules by making more rules. That's like handing a heroin addict a bag of heroin and saying don't do the heroin. They're going to do the heroin. It's how it works.
    Someone willing to break the old rules will break the new rules. It's that simple imo.

    You can slow their progress, however you also slow the experience for actual users looking to engage with the site. More rules solves nothing it just makes the spammers find a new way to get through and screws over/inconveniences the real members.

    Prohibition is a great example of this (both drug and alcohol), you can't plug the dam. In both those instances, the illegality directly led to more dangerous and clever workarounds.

    It's an onslaught and you just make life harder for real members. Again just in my opinion, if seeing a tiny link bothers you that much, report, leave the thread, and ignore. Making stricter rules is grasping for control no one will never gain.

    Not trying to be rude or inconsiderate I just think spam will always exist and trying to find elaborate ways to stop it is pointless and generally leads to counter-intuitive UX. As I believe it would in this case.

    Also in this regard, what forum has anyone visited that doesn't allow profile links? Every one I can think of allows this. How is it degrading anyone's experience to see a link they don't have to click? While I understand not liking spammy posts, just don't read them? It's literally as simple as hitting back and not opening the thread anymore and now you don't have spam. Adjusting entire code blocks just so someone can't have a link in their profile because maybe they'd spam seems so out of line with necessary and qualitative development to me.

    It's probably just me, but this seems like such a "let's be exclusive" non-issue.
     
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  4. HoNeYBiRD

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  6. sturose

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    If you are referring to the
    Never thought of that, oh well, too late now
     
  7. Capo Dei Capi

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    Another person, and they are even worse

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/offer-buy-seo-accounts-save-70-off.883790/
     
  8. sturose

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    At least he's banned now, dangerousmother? My mother could make a better site than that and she's only just found out how to send emails!!!

    We will always have spam, there's no way around that but now that noobs can have their profile link on display the lousy spam posts have got worse such as the useless nonsense threads that guy was starting.
     
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    How do they even find that BHW allows live links?
     
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    no permission ban em, we pay so should they.
     
  11. sturose

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    This is the point, you guys pay for the privilege of a signature link as well as other benefits of Jr Vip but I've just added a link to Black Hat World in my profile as my home page and.... Oh look, just below my info on the right I now have a live link showing on all of my posts!!
     
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    Yeah, tbh I've been posting here for a while and even noticed that spammer's post before you brought it to this thread, and I didn't even know we could post a link to one of our sites without having to have an upgraded membership.

    I never noticed that before. I never noticed the homepage link, just the sig links and banners.

    You learn something new everyday.

    But that spammer's site is truly hot garbage. I can't believe he has the balls to even ask for $50K for that crappy site. He couldn't even fake the funk and get a Wordpress Template or something and pimp it out.

    He has a marketable and brandable domain name (if used for a legitimate purpose) but he has now messed that up as well. If he would have just focused on selling domain name, might have been able to fetch $50-$100 depending on the target. Oh well! lol.
     
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    That's what I just said, lol. I'm like how do they even know. I've been posting here for a little while and never recognized those homepage links until today.
     
  14. mickyfu

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    I think all newbies should be banned.
     
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    I think everyone with a Charlie Floate avatar should be banned:D
     
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    It's the suit man, wish I could afford a primark suit!
     
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    You need to work smart like Charlie. Think out the box a bit. Think how to get them BBC authority links.
     
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