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Why are we STILL plagued with spam? It seems that there is more and more every day… It’s getting to the point that it’s difficult to find the discussions for the spam, which is very bad news, as it will drive away potential new members, and make those of us who are fighting the rising tide go elsewhere to forums that have an easier interface and a much better record of getting rid of the spam.

It’s all very well to say you are fighting it, but there has to be a way that something marked as inappropriate that is spam can be removed in less than a week. Vetting membership may be tedious and take time, but it must surely be easier and faster than allowing this mess and then taking weeks to remove it.

If other forums can set up spam filters, why cannot Burdastyle do the same?


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    Jan 24, 2010, 09.29 PMby gedwoods

    Yes, the spam is a problem that is steadily getting worse. The annoying thing is one still has to read the titles to find the non-spam discussion content – if the title was headed by a “Spam warming”, something like “SPAM flagged:” followed by the listed title that would come up when a subject had been “Reported as inappropriate” by several people, one could skip down and read the more relevant subjects without wasting precious time reading the spam titles.

    BurdaStyle would still have the option of restoring the thread to non-spam status if it was judged appropriate.

    Or perhaps flagged posts could be automatically moved to a special “Spam flagged” section so we wouldn’t have to read them all the time!

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      Jan 28, 2010, 06.22 PMby alden

      THese are great ideas! I just spent the morning going through and removing tspam from the dicussions. if you see some more please mark it as inappropriate and I will take care of it. I will also bring up your ideas in our meeting! thanks!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 09.52 AMby ichigogirl


    The member seems to be on Burdastyle to promote his/her fabric shop on Etsy. Related, but not right.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 05.27 PMby seasidelaundry

    Daily dose of spam as reply to comment I made last year on “Open Source Sewing”. One has link to inappropriate material (well, advertisement) & I find no place to report there. Glad I am not alone, sad because this site is special. I recommend to so many teens. Determined to help fix!

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    Apr 15, 2011, 11.09 AMby urbandon

    More spam here…http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/jewellery11/my_activity

    …there should be a report button. Why no report button???

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    Jun 2, 2011, 11.44 PMby thecuriouskiwi

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.11 AMby ichigogirl

    Spam: http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/shahihandicraft/my_studio Nice shoes, and maybe a nice, small scale business, but this is an ad, nothing else.

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      Jun 13, 2011, 11.54 AMby sew4my3

      Thanks! They have been deactivated.

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    Jun 20, 2011, 12.29 PMby zaarissima

    Please take a look on “Latest Pattern” from “hiba 1110#2” . Under “get all instructions” appears a Logo, under “Print pattern at home” appears a “Document enregistré” (= Official Document from 01.Dec. 1993) Autorisation d’absence pour suire de cours de formation (=official leave of absence) in duplicate to the “Secretaire General du syndicat national” (=Sekretary General of the National Union")

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      Jun 20, 2011, 02.20 PMby sew4my3

      Taken care of. Thanks!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 01.05 PMby ichigogirl

    This blog post:


    Is positively jam-packed with spam comments. They’ve even replied to their own spam. All comments include a link to websites (one about penis enlargement).

    One of the spammers: http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/janeas/my_activity

    Another one: http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/mrosemarie/my_activity






    and it goes on… it seems like some of the others were banned already though. Is it possible to remove their comments as well?

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      Jul 8, 2011, 03.15 AMby sew4my3

      I think I managed to get them all. If you notice I missed one please let me know. Thanks again, ichigogirl!

      Don’t forget to mark them by clicking on the lightening bolt so they will show up on my spam page.

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      Jul 8, 2011, 08.51 AMby ichigogirl

      Aha, okay, I will.

      About the lightening bolt, do you also remove comments that are reported that aren’t spam?

      I bolted a comment on the recently featured swim suit that I find really inapporopriate, it said: “God, this girl needs more flesh”.
      For one, it’s actually a perfectly normal model, she’s not unhealthily thin but the swimsuit is a really poor fit on her, and secondly I think there should be zero tolerance with hurtful comments about other people’s bodies here, about thin bodies as well as big bodies.

      Does Burdastyle have a policy about that at all? If not, it might be an idea to make one (such as : in comments, please refrain from hurtful remarks about models or other members bodies).

      It should be a matter of cause to all, but obviously it isn’t.

  • Fullsizeoutput_11ea_large

    Jul 12, 2011, 05.56 AMby sew4my3

    We carefully go through each reported by lightening bolt messages to make sure it is spam or accident. Usually in cases like the one above we send an email about what is and is not appropriate and ask them to refrain from such comments. I seem to remember that comment and it was sent on to the person who does those contacts, so rest assured that it has/was taken care of.

    Thanks again for keeping an eye out for these kind of issues. Happy sewing!

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    Sep 8, 2011, 08.19 AMby ichigogirl

    They’re at it again: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/make-a-pleated-trim

    Luckily it turned up in my feed. There are several spam-comments on the same page, I’ve marked them as inappropriate.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 05.27 AMby sew4my3

    Just wanted to let you know that the pages that I normally use to take care of the spam are being kind of picky with what I can and can’t delete and should be fixed soon. I am still able to delete their accounts and block them, so keep the reports coming. Thanks to you all for helping me out on this!

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    Oct 26, 2011, 08.22 PMby vintagegal

    New spam- http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/wow-gold

    It would be nice if there were a report button; any hope of that happening?

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    Nov 18, 2011, 02.36 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Here is another spammer account for you to delete:http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/johns/my_activity

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      Nov 18, 2011, 04.11 AMby sew4my3


      Thanks again, kaitui-kiwi!

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    Mar 10, 2012, 08.13 AMby urbandon

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    Dec 11, 2012, 10.58 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    This member seems to be a spammer. No projects and her profile links to a website that’s nothing to do with sewing. Her only contribution has been a stupid comment in the thread on advice for tall women.


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    Dec 12, 2012, 01.56 AMby BurdaStyle Support

    Hello bobthesewer,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The user has been notified and their account has been deactivated. If the user does not contact us within 48 hours we will remove all information from the site.

    Thank you for helping keep our site clean.



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    Dec 17, 2012, 09.19 PMby MientjiB

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    Jan 5, 2013, 03.20 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    You what would be a brilliant idea? Hold new members first project upload or forum comment in a moderation queue to be approved before posting…after that first approval projects/comments can go straight to the site without moderation. Spammers want an easy target, BurdaStyle is a super easy target, but holding their first post for moderation means you know the account is bogus so you can delete it. Then they have to make a new account, same deal, they aren’t going to spend time making up a genuine project to get into the unmoderated site, that takes too long, BurdaStyle becomes a hard target then no SPAM posts get through, EVER!

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