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Profile Jord
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Message 95432 - Posted: 22 Jan 2020, 11:25:46 UTC

That people and moderators know. When you see someone post a question and it looks legit, be vigilant anyway and throw the first sentence into Google or another search engine. Chances are high that it's posted at Reddit and copied 1 on 1 to here. The spammer will then wait one or two days before quoting his own post, adding forum text coloured spam into his quoted post and answering "problem solved" or some such crap.

I'm not saying every post at Reddit posted here is spam, maybe not if they post it there and here at the same time and with the same username, but still, allow enough alarm bells. And wishful thinking.

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Message 99595 - Posted: 3 Jul 2020, 1:32:37 UTC - in response to Message 95432.  
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Thanks, not that I have any idea what you are on about, but respect sincerity of post. Do we not have any fail safe to protect us from idiots??
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Message 100127 - Posted: 24 Jul 2020, 12:44:04 UTC

Doing clean up again, so sorry for all the forums with posts without posts. We had a spammer post old copies of posts again.
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Message 100128 - Posted: 24 Jul 2020, 13:49:00 UTC - in response to Message 100127.  

Thank you for your work. I did wonder after replying to a post without thinking if it was dodgy even though I did the search Jord suggested and found nothing.
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