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"Another Spammer"

John X (name changed to protect) writes
I post regularly in another Google Group, which deals with other aspects of Google products. In that group, we generally get 2 - 3 spams daily. Here, you get almost none. Why is that?

Well, John, it's not a coincidence. There are a few regular posters here who, some time ago, became fed up with the spam problem. And they started doing something about the problem.

It appears that threads in the forum, with a subject of "Another Spammer" or "Spam", get less casual traffic than "Free Music Downloads" or "Hot Babes Under The Covers". With some spammers starting threads using the latter titles, the antispam posters here would reply, and change the Subject to one of the former values. This would make the spammers feel less welcome. By re labeling the threads, thus cutting down on the traffic to their web sites, they get hit where it hurts - in the wallet.

A win for the good guys.

So the spammers decided to find less trafficked forums, where their threads don't get renamed to "Another Spammer". They feel more welcome there. That's kewl.

Maybe the folks in the other forums will adopt similar tactics, when they see how clean this forum is (and how rudely we treat spammers here). That's kewl too.

Maybe we can eventually all join forces, and declare the entire Google Groups (non Usenet section, anyway)
Off Limit To Spamming.

Dare to dream. Then do something about the problem.

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