#26 1-10-2016 11:39 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Wow, I am impressed that the link is finally gone, seeing how it has been around for some time. And I have done my part with the spam blogs concerned so far.

And I am usually divided with reviews, which was why I brought up the earlier thread.

 

#27 1-12-2016 5:14 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Some spammy reviews by user mthrower2010:

http://www.travbuddy.com/Comfort-Suites … wn-v628830
http://www.travbuddy.com/Best-western-p … es-v664982

The 1st one is recently posted and the 2nd one in early 2015, which also appears on many other sites.

Here's also is a recent spammy one by user philipkeeler2000:
http://www.travbuddy.com/Fairfield-Inn- … on-v582669

Some spammy blogs include:

Eqypt Tour - http://www.travbuddy.com/egyptquicktours
Nice Tour - http://www.travbuddy.com/AlfieD

 

#28 1-12-2016 8:38 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

spocklogic wrote:

Some spammy reviews by user mthrower2010:

http://www.travbuddy.com/Comfort-Suites … wn-v628830
http://www.travbuddy.com/Best-western-p … es-v664982

The 1st one is recently posted and the 2nd one in early 2015, which also appears on many other sites.

Here's also is a recent spammy one by user philipkeeler2000:
http://www.travbuddy.com/Fairfield-Inn- … on-v582669

Some spammy blogs include:

Eqypt Tour - http://www.travbuddy.com/egyptquicktours
Nice Tour - http://www.travbuddy.com/AlfieD

Hahaha most of the reviews are gone. This is a good idea, post them here and the TravBuddies get to vote on them real fast. Perhaps Eric and David should allow more votes before a review is considered Spammy or not.

 

#29 1-19-2016 4:14 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Hello .....   I got this letter from this little lady who wishes people to fund her travel.   I wrote and gave some suggestions on working two jobs, saving each month .... and told her if she works hard she will enjoy the trip when she earns it...... and she deleted my  post.

I reported her as spam .....  I consider solicitations to be spam ..... Just wanted to add her here on the spambusters club. 

Here is her post:

   
brishanalynn  says:
Hello! smile

I am reaching out to folks on Travbuddy to help me continue fulfilling my dream to travel the world by contributing to my upcoming trip to Italy! I've created a Plumfund account and any amount would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.plumfund.com/travel-fund/brishana

Cheers!!
Brishana
Posted on: Jan 13, 2016

Not sure what everyone thinks ......  but I have heard from a couple of long time contributors who feel it's solicitation and not what the site is for .....   I think the site is to help people know the destination ahead of time from a blogger's point of view rather than a guidebook.   I love everyone's perspective even if they aren't what I would necessarily do.  smile

Happy Travels.    Sylvia

 

#30 1-19-2016 8:17 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

sylviandavid wrote:

Not sure what everyone thinks ......  but I have heard from a couple of long time contributors who feel it's solicitation and not what the site is for .....   I think the site is to help people know the destination ahead of time from a blogger's point of view rather than a guidebook.   I love everyone's perspective even if they aren't what I would necessarily do.  smile

Happy Travels.    Sylvia

I received the same message but ignored it.

It might be one thing to chip in for a TravBuddy friend whom I interact with, but not for someone out of the blue.

 

#31 1-20-2016 4:21 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Yes, I reported Brishana as spam too....

 

#32 1-20-2016 7:34 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

I got the same message, but just ignored it after seeing Sylvia's comment, which I thought, was good advice.

I almost want to tell Brishana about this thread, and give her a chance to explain herself. But it turned out, that particular Plumfund account is now gone!

 

#33 1-20-2016 8:10 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Anyone in need of a photo book? Here is the spam blog...

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/130294/

 

#34 1-20-2016 12:26 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Zagnut66 wrote:

sylviandavid wrote:

Not sure what everyone thinks ......  but I have heard from a couple of long time contributors who feel it's solicitation and not what the site is for .....   I think the site is to help people know the destination ahead of time from a blogger's point of view rather than a guidebook.   I love everyone's perspective even if they aren't what I would necessarily do.  smile

Happy Travels.    Sylvia

I received the same message but ignored it.

It might be one thing to chip in for a TravBuddy friend whom I interact with, but not for someone out of the blue.

I haven't seen these on here before - I guess I'm not active enough anymore.  But they're getting all too common on Facebook.  I don't mind them for genuine crises (like a go fund me if someone needs cancer treatment or is stranded somewhere or something) or charity but I do wonder when it became ok to ask strangers to pay for your holiday!

 

#35 1-20-2016 4:45 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

I have received very few of them on this site.

Quite a few on Facebook. But not people sending me messages....

By the way, anyone like to fund my travels? tongue

 

#36 1-22-2016 4:49 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

By the way, anyone like to fund my travels?    (quote Francis) .....   



CRAP .............   I should have thought to do that and Francis beat me to it.    big_smile

Last edited by sylviandavid (1-22-2016 4:57 AM)

 

#37 1-22-2016 7:46 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Who has put this review on the spam list?
http://www.travbuddy.com/U-Fota-v825636

Ok, you need to hike two hours to reach this hotel, but IMHO this review is not entirely wrong.

 

#38 1-23-2016 6:28 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

It it a Helpful/Trustworthy vote and perhaps the user who gave it a No vote didn't find it helpful.

 

#39 1-27-2016 1:21 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Hmmm, did we get feature spammed?

http://www.travbuddy.com/Berlin-v5757

seems spammy for a website called routeperfect.
Opinions?

 

#40 1-27-2016 2:16 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

spocklogic wrote:

Hmmm, did we get feature spammed?

http://www.travbuddy.com/Berlin-v5757

seems spammy for a website called routeperfect.
Opinions?

Yeah, this one surprised me...

 

#41 1-27-2016 7:14 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Yeah, I am always surprised that someone who just joined the site, has their blog or review featured a short time after the join date. And just our luck, is that the feature is stuck.

 

#42 1-27-2016 3:09 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

spocklogic wrote:

Hmmm, did we get feature spammed?

http://www.travbuddy.com/Berlin-v5757

seems spammy for a website called routeperfect.
Opinions?

Uh oh, I congratulated a Spammer.

 

#43 1-27-2016 3:21 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

I mailed Eric & David about it, but given their response (or lack thereof) to mail, they may or may not see it. Best we can do as a community is to give the review a 'No' vote for helpful/trustworthy and/or report the user as spam on their profile. Here's the content of the mail I sent to E&D:

Looks like there is a featured spam review running for the 2nd day. The review by Jackiewil mentions a link for website called routeperfect and has a photo of a map from routeperfect. Further, there are comments from members on Jan 21 by nancy-g in support of the website and lauradelores with other remarks. Coincidentally, these other profiles were created on the same day (Jan 21). Highly suspect that Jackiewil and nancy-g (and perhaps lauradelores) are the same person and likely a spammer. Thought you'd wish to know to remove it should you determine it spam, especially something that wound up as a feature on the front page.

 

#44 2-7-2016 7:44 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Anyone need a good cosmetic dentist?

spam blog by whitingdentalaz - http://www.travbuddy.com/whitingdentalaz

 

#45 2-7-2016 8:07 AM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Hey now, this is a family site!

http://www.travbuddy.com/NugegodaB

 

#46 2-18-2016 10:56 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

This guy just won't give up and keeps posting this review, despite the review being removed before:
http://www.travbuddy.com/mquinn
He's also posted similar reviews I suspect under usernames Quinn145 and TheEdward

Here's another one by a user who created a review with the same name as the user name:
http://www.travbuddy.com/marcolaura

Here's some spammy blogs:
http://www.travbuddy.com/dentaldrguy29
http://www.travbuddy.com/drteethguy18
http://www.travbuddy.com/floodcrow12
http://www.travbuddy.com/jan86gender
http://www.travbuddy.com/j0nes1k5trich
http://www.travbuddy.com/odis12mexico

Last edited by spocklogic (2-18-2016 11:16 PM)

 

#48 3-18-2016 6:02 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Are this users reviews considered spam?
http://www.travbuddy.com/joytravels

Obviously by the user name and website link on profile page the user is touting their business, but the reviews may have some value. They are not terribly spammy in trying to glorify themselves.

Thoughts?

 

#49 3-18-2016 7:27 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

I think reviews 1 and 3 are okay however 2 is a little spammy.

 

#50 3-18-2016 8:08 PM

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Re: The Spambuster Club

Agreed, the one on Khajuraho Temple and India Gate are ok I think, but the one on kerala touts tour packages too much and includes a spammy link to them.

 

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