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@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml Is this user even a person?
The only interactions he/she/it has on lemmy is spamming this site every now and then.
No comments, nor replies, nor anything else.

edit: tagging @LauraNutt@lemmy.ml as well, I don’t mean to disrespect anyone and I felt I was “bypassing” the directly intended person.

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I’ve banned them for blogspam, which is against the rules.

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Thanks for confirming. I don’t like the idea of banning people if they have a real interaction with someone else, but it just seemed a bot.
At least the first articles were readable, the last ones where even behind a login-wall.

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I thought I’d share my thought process of moderating stuff like this both for you and for future reference:

Blogspam is kind of a controversial topic. It basically involves accounts seemingly made specifically to post links to a specific website, usually with the intent of generating ad revenue. I personally think it’s spam and should be removed, but it gets into a grey area, because simply posting links to your own website isn’t spam, but doing it insistently is, so it becomes a problem of where to draw the line. You can also run into problems where it’s hard to tell if someone is intentionally spamming or if they’re just enthusiastic about the content of a site.

Though I think if the site they’re linking to seems intentionally designed to generate ad revenue or collect data, or is otherwise exploitative/predatory, then the threshold for when it’s blogspam should be much lower than a site mainly designed to convey information.

In this case, the fact that the user only posted links to one site with no other posts or comments, and the site requiring you to sign up with both an email and a phone number to access the information landed it soundly in blogspam territory in my opinion.

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In my opinion that’s an honest take on the problem.
I mean, I’ve seen people link to posts from the same blog multiple times, like the Drew Devault one’s, and the subject was used for a normal discussion, whereas there are users like Laura here that judging from the past posts never really contributed, or did so just with 2 posts that people regarded as interesting, on a total of 100 downvoted below zero.

Then there are cases like SourceCode.
He does post a lot of entries from viva64 (which I admit I do not have simpathy for) and cppcast, but he also appears to have a couple of saved posts and moderates three communities.
While those blogs are a bit spammed for me, he also appears to be an active user, not just a spambot. What take would you get in cases like these?

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Then there are cases like SourceCode. He does post a lot of entries from viva64 (which I admit I do not have simpathy for) and cppcast, but he also appears to have a couple of saved posts and moderates three communities. While those blogs are a bit spammed for me, he also appears to be an active user, not just a spambot. What take would you get in cases like these?

Just took a look at the account: That’s honestly right at the edge of the grey area. They could be spamming, but they could just be trying to share things they like, even if others don’t care for them. I’ll keep an eye on the account, but personally I don’t plan on banning them right now based on what I’ve seen.

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Then I’m thinking alike.
I took him as an example because he was the one who came up first in my mind, I mean no harm.
I think he’s only trying to provide talk material to the communities he moderates, as they seem pretty quiet.

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Are you telepathic? I mean, you half-answered a question I was just asking xD

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If you mean me editing my comment to add more information, that’s just how my brain seems to work. I’ll write something, think it’s done, and minutes later think of something else to add to it.

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I do that often as well, it’s just the timing was a bit hilarious.

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@sia@lemmy.ml, I remember you had an issue with another blogspammer being banned, so I thought I’d direct you to this rationale.

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