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Patrick_OSullivan | Posted in General Questions on

I submitted a comment on an active thread and upon submission was told that my comment was awaiting moderation. Is this a new thing?

I understand there’s a spam problem, but needing comments to be reviewed will absolutely kill discussion and the spontaneity that comes from being to communicate basically in real time.

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  1. Expert Member
    DCcontrarian | | #1

    In my experience the moderation never happens.

    I think putting links in is what triggers the moderation.

    1. Expert Member
      BILL WICHERS | | #2

      That would actually make sense. I just posted in the thread about the recent increase in "intelligent spam" where I mentioned that the goal of those spammers is to sneak in a link to a product or service provider. Using a link to trigger moderation would probably catch pretty much all of the spam, while only affecting a pretty small amount of the regular discussions since people don't post links to things very often.

      One exception I can see here is when people post links referencing earlier GBA Q+A threads or articles. Perhaps there is a way that posts with links back to other things on GBA can be excluded from being automatically flagged for moderation? That would also make life easier for the moderators/editors, since they would only have to deal with the posts with outside links, which are the ones much more likely to be spammers.


      1. Patrick_OSullivan | | #3

        I post links relatively often. I think a real way to cut down on spam without stifling conversation would be to mark accounts exempt from such moderation. I think there's enough of us who post frequently enough that can be trusted to not be spammers.

  2. GBA Editor
    Kiley Jacques | | #4

    Anyone having communication issues can contact me directly at [email protected] and I will convey the issue to the web team.

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