Spammers rating their posts as 18+ to reduce their downvotes

Service: Narrative

By using the 18+ rating, posts automatically have less visibility. I know it also reduces the likelihood of being upvoted, but if they plan on working together for upvoting, it will be harder to combat with enough downvotes to get it flagged as low quality/AUP violation. My amateur observations have determined that a post needs at least 5 downvotes before it will be flagged as low-quality, even if it has 4 votes and is at 0%.

Here's one example that is objectively spam, no subjective way of arguing it has any value: https://www.narrative.org/post/raphaoscoin

Hopefully this is already on your radar, but in case it's not, it's a tactic the Team and the community should be aware of so we can stop this from becoming a common practice for bad actors on the platform.

 

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Sol_Cycler posted:

It's already getting old and needs to be addressed. You get all these spammers posting 10 posts almost back to back in some cases. This means they are pushing quality content down out of sight and I'm not interested in posting my own content in those conditions.

I want to post my stuff here first, but won't until this is fixed.

This is why I haven't been publishing new content lately, and only JUST got back to repurposing old content I've had sitting in drafts for a while. No one has the patience to keep scrolling to see the good content when there's so much spam.

Ditto on the slow down, my original stuff gets lost in the scroll - I know that some folks see my stuff because of Following either me or the niche, but gaining new eyes is nearly impossible right now.  :-( Not sure what to do, but it is greatly frustrating because I like Narrative of all the platforms out there, this one thing is a real motivation killer.

 

There's a third option.  If you've been looking you might have seen pictures of it.

Some of these people are learning how to use computers and how to speak and read English.  Some of them have no idea what they are clicking or what they are posting. They're doing it by rote.

Lesson 1. learn to log onto to a computer.
Lesson 2. learn to get a gmail account
Lesson 3. register on narrative and post this email from gmail into a narrative post.

Have you noticed that many of them have broken images?  If you look you'll see that all of the images are from gmail emails that they have received and then copy/pasted into a post. They can see the images because they are logged into their new gmail account. We can't, because of course we're not logged into their gmail account. They don't even know that we can't see them.

Some of them have never posted again and never will.  Some of them seem to have liked it and have tried to engage. Some have posted again with varying quality.  Baby steps.

Hi   @David Dreezer I've only seen one user posting broken images. I pointed it out that images were missing, another member had also earlier - but the text in this person's post appeared to be legit, just reposted from another site without making note of it. Perhaps a friend wrote a post for him ... 

I just tried copy/pasting a few things  from my gmail into the editor. The pictures show up just fine. 

A couple have posted in another language than English, and when I pointed it out it wasn't allowed yet and gave them a link to the AUP  they fixed their posts.

A couple have posted pictures they shouldn't have - but fixed it as soon as they were asked to.

A couple seemed to have figured out how to reword copy/paste stuff so it will pass as original - but they didn't write it in the first place.

This last bunch are the ones I referred to earlier ...

All posts have pictures - some from free sites, but a lot are someone else's copyrighted work, one way or another- all of the texts are direct copy/paste of material they didn't write themselves.

Some accounts seem to disappear, but more likely are deleted and a new one created  - the material is too similar to think it's another person with a new account - and keep right on doing what they've been doing, every day, day in, day out.

Just finding the new material and pictures to copy tells me these posters aren't that naive about using the Internet and on-line editors. Most understand how to post to appropriate niches, too.

It's such a waste of time going through all these posts -  and making it hard for legit posts to be seen, on top of it.

 

@Colleen Ryer BINGO!

Although, as a side note, I have submitted a private ticket about one of our serial plagiarists, and the Team is both aware AND trying to figure out the best solution for now and the future. No ETA though, because they're still sorting out the best course of action. Not helpful to us right now.

Christina Gleason posted:

@Colleen Ryer BINGO!

Although, as a side note, I have submitted a private ticket about one of our serial plagiarists, and the Team is both aware AND trying to figure out the best solution for now and the future. No ETA though, because they're still sorting out the best course of action. Not helpful to us right now.

@Christina Gleason ah, so much easier when i don't have to read between lines - thanks!

and yes, right now is still an issue. I see more speaking up in the comments on the platform - some perhaps a little too cryptic, but at least some kind of a heads up to posters who aren't aware of or aren't following the specs. Makes for fewer iffy AUP votes, at least. I wound up with a bonus of mobile data so I can do more- but can't help but wish it would just all go away 

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