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24 September 2010 @ 09:19 am
MOD NOTE - moderated membership  
Hi everyone,

since there has been recurring video spam in this community lately, and since I've noticed it happening in quite a few communities too, I've made the membership for this community moderated. My only real criteria for adding a new member will be that their account has recent non-spam posts in it. If an applicant doesn't write in their journal or if I can't see the entries, I'll check in with them to make sure they're not a bot and then I'll add them. It'll probably result in less than a 24 hour lag time in them getting approved. Spam Bots will be reported to LJ.

I've reported the 2 most recent video spam posters as bots, and I've deleted their membership here.

I'm open to your comments if you have other ideas on how to deal with this situation.

I really want to keep this community a safe place to post and read about issues that affect the Ottawa GLBTQ community, especially since Facebook, Dreamwhatever and other social networking stuff is already causing challenges to LJ community numbers. (Also: active communities are less likely to get spam like this. hint hint hint)
waterspyderwaterspyder on September 24th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
We got the same spam on the ottawapolyamory community, so I'm interested in how to handle this if we get more over there as well.
Stitch-Princesssugarmommaless on September 24th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Are you the mod over there?
I have seen the same spam in the PoorInToronto and TorontoQueers communities too. If you look at the bot's profile, you can see they they have no "interests" and have joined 100+ random communities.
I've reported the journals (2 so far) to LJ but I don't have another plan other than what I've listed above.

I'm hoping it's just a phase.
waterspyderwaterspyder on September 24th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I actually had totally forgotten I was a mod there until I was looking up who to report it to (oops)

I'm hoping you're right about this being a phase
Alisapezchica on September 24th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
lol @ waterspyder !
Stitch-Princesssugarmommaless on September 26th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
I've already banned a new member since yesterday applicant who is a porn spambot. I'm very satisfied with my choice to moderate membership for now!