USTronics and other shills


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I've been chasing USTronics around over the last week or so, trying to clean up the entries haphazardly added in some pathetic attempt at SEO.

But today, USTronics has actually created a useful article with a thorough spec sheet and description (even if the desc is all advertising). Instead of embedding the SEO link into the desc, it was submitted to the external links list, and thus untouchable by a lowly (albeit noisy) member like myself.

So. Should the article be deleted outright? It's not really useful right now, for anybody. The article may be thorough, but it was still created for the purpose of advertising.http://wwwe.meebo.com/

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What's the report in question?

Some of the reports he/she added were cleaned up/improved. You can check the history to see if someone else modded the article already. And you can actually modify the external links. Just click on "more" and that'll take you to a view of the link itself where you can click on "edit" and modify the title, and the url to make it into an entirely different link. But admins are the only ones that can delete it outright.

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Okay, took some time and looked at the article's histories (well ain't that a beauty of grammar). All the articles had been edited. :P

Anyway, another new thing I just noticed, but after two years, I'm sure you're familiar with. eBay shills adding articles with "iPhone 8GB Unlockedd!!!! ZOMG!". So what I did with some from Kaitronics was delete the article itself, and change the name to the original article. I did the name thing, because I was curios to see if the articles would merge. Honestly, that function would be a bad idea.

Back on topic, I just deleted the description. But what's the best way to take care of these article?

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Deleting the article itself is a good idea. So is pointing it out...Kudos, squalorking :)

I've deleted both of the "****UNLOCKED****" reports. This issue seems similar to the Wikipedia speedy deletion policies. Any ideas on how to formalize the process? We could do something as simple as tag a product as "DELETE_ME" in the product line. Then, the list of speedy deletes would show up here: http://www.productwiki.com/product-line--delete-me (the link will break when their is nothing listed there, btw). Moderators could delete them as they get the chance.

Any other ideas for our speedy delete policy?

This post was edited by Erik on 12/27/2007 10:41 PM
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Oh, another thing I just thought of. I've found it very useful to send a private msg to the user causing the difficulty merely openning up the lines of communication. If they are doing something wrong (and they know it's wrong) they'll likely stop spamming at that point.

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I like the idea of a "Delete Me" tag like the "stub" and "copy n' pasted" tags. Would be very nice.

And I'll start PM-ing the offending users, too. Thanks for the tip.

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