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Diaries in non-English

Hi guys,
     I just need to make a quick comment to all who are helping with the spam diary removal effort, after a small accident today. I know this didn't happen on purpose and is purely a slip but I'm keen to try to ensure we don't have any false positives so here's a little of how I decide if a diary is a spam diary or not;

The biggest clue is in the customization. Spam diaries almost invariably have ZERO customization (one bonus to a convoluted customizer that takes time to learn, spammers don't spend time)

Age of diary. Spam diaries are all relatively new and with few entries. If there are a number of entries, many will be on the same day.

Most spam diaries appear to be in English. DD has a high percentage of HongKong diarists who write in Chinese, these are not necessarily spammers.

Spam diaries often have names that just look out of place, either a collection of just letters and numbers or FirstLastname/FirstLastNameXX.

Please have a look around the diary before committing it as a spammer unless you can honestly see from the first entry screen that it's definitely a spammer. As I said, at this point in time, the biggest giveaway is the lack of customization. (Not that all non-customized diaries are spam, they might just be new – then you need to look at content too :-))

Anyway, no lasting damage done, I restored the accidental spam deletion and everyone should be happy again 🙂

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5 Comments

  1. Another thing I noticed, a lot of them were advertising with links in them for products throughout, the spam ones that is, its been nice and clean on DD the last two days with the handfull already removed. 🙂

  2. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    Hey there, I have a question, do you want these diaries marked as spam? Or do I wait a bit to see what else or mark as spam right away? they have all popped up in a row, 4 have the same title topics. They all have the title "Ambition" and seem to have a persons full name quoted along with the diary text either in the entry or the title.

    Diarists are
    Seyma
    Gizem
    ecebuyuran
    nagihan

    Its not really diary writing, more like this…

    "First, the author mentioned her friends who were ambitious people and had tremendous dreams as the author. She indicated that she had liked ambitious people and had seen them as entertaining and interesting people. Then, ambition had told by the author in a philosophical way according to centuries. She said that ambition was a good thing that help people to reach their dreams as well as it could be a failure that cause dissappointment for people. When people grew up, they met the real world. Some people quitted their dreams, some conflicted with their ambitious, and some reached their big dreams.

    BY GİZEM YENEKESKİN

  3. (Sorry for posting this here – the support link isn’t working.)

    I’ve just had a very suspicious comment on a diary entry, purporting to be from you (but obviously not) asking me to donate to DearDiary. I doubt any of the regulars here would be fooled by it, but just in case you might want to make some sort of announcement that you’re not soliciting donations via comments, and that it’s a scam.

    The scammer attempted to provide paypal buttons, which of course didn’t work in a comment, so there’s nothing for anyone to click on at the moment, but they might get more inventive once they realise that won’t work.

    I’ve left the comment up at http://www.deardiary.org/cgi-bin/viewer.pl?diary=128913&entry=1321315200&comments=on

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