Community Question: What to do about "spam" articles?


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i am sure i am late on this consensus..i would like to also add that i agree that exhibit A, B, and C lose the essence of what Productwiki is trying to maintain: objective product reviews.   With the contest, maybe it should be in a separate section on thie site entirely. Or have companies pay you guys to post contest advertisements on your site under a separate section.  But one of the things that i like about this site is that it isn't cluttered with any advertisements. 
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Yeah, if "contests" start popping up all over the place then its a problem - but as it is it seems relatively harmless.
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Glad we could come to a consensus on this. The articles are now GONZO!
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I am too late to see the spam, but I would like to submit an idea. Just removing spam, might not be good enough. Spam exists because someone is buying the stuff. Otherwise, why do they bother. My guess, is the spammers are not the manufacturers, but at most an affiliate. I think it should be considered that the spammer has volunteered their "product" to be reviewed, and the best source researched. A kind of snopes database can be created. Maybe, if popular enough, spam sales might decrease. Serve the needs of the spammers targeted consumer. Use nofollow, and exclude from the front page. Merge similar products into one entry, but keep the "new" text hidden in some hashed database for searching. A bookmarklet can search the database from any site or email, thus spreading the antispam. That's my idea :-)

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