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I DON'T SEE WHY THERE ARE AD'S ON OUR POSTED ART SIGHTS... THIS IS AN ART SIGHT AND NOT A NEWS PAPER FOR ADS ON INSURANCE, ACCIDENT LAWYERS ETC.... GET RID OF THIS TYPE OF POSTING ON AW, WOULD BE A PLUS... THANK YOU.
Commercial accounts and advertisements are not allowed on ArtWanted. In fact, you will notice that in our 18 year history, we have never even allowed paid banner advertising from 3rd party advertisers on our website, because we felt that that would clutter and detract from the look and feel of the site.
Every day there are dozens of new accounts created by spammers to advertise products/services for other websites. These are done by different names, email addresses and IP addresses, so they are very hard to block in advance. When we see these images and accounts, we delete them immediately. Almost every day we review the artwork that is uploaded and delete the advertisements and commercial accounts that we see.
As we don't review each image before it's posted, there will always be images posted that are commercial in nature or that do not meet our guidelines, but when we see them, we will delete them.
This being said, there is still more that we could probably to detect and remove accounts before they plaster their ads on the site. We could have a review process before the 1st image of any new account is allowed to be shown or other ideas.
Bottom line, this idea by Joanie is a good one and we encourage others to vote for it. The more votes it gets, the higher the priority will be to reduce commercial ads on ArtWanted faster. Thanks.
I do not see why your own ideas or mine can not work. May be they should be developed and applyed more consistently. For example, acordingly to your own idea, you can announce that the first image from every new AW member you need for techni9cal purposes, and a new artist gallery can be started with all artworks after you evaluate the first artwork and receive the second one only
And once more my idea - a separate, constant special place were AW members can write and you can read signals of spam, complains about a wrong content and other urgent problems.
Again, we are not publishing or promoting these advertisers. These are fake accounts pretending to be artists that come from different names, email addresses and IP addresses, so it's impossible to block them before they post something, as our system doesn't know if it's a real artist or a fake one trying to post an ad.
We don't know why ArtWanted has been targeted for these spammers, besides the fact that they want to try to benefit from some of the traffic the website receives.
To anyone reason this post, if you want to see tighter controls in place for new accounts, vote up this idea.
Dear staff, I do not say that you want to advertise that spam. I say that inspite of your will and efforts AW still is the only art site, publishing so much spam. Probably a lot of spammers started to list AW as available target in the time, when AW was neglected by its former staff. Now you have to pay more efforts to discourage them and to exclude AW from their automatic post lists. You ask weather we want a more tough policy against spammers? I do, but our opinion doesn't matter too much this time. Matters your opinion and your actual effective operations against spam. I just offer you to be more logical in realisation of your own ideas - for instance not to publish the first image from a new member, until you receive the second one.
I also think that AW needs a better automatic spam filter and there you could use as KEY WORDS: "ATTORNEY", "LOCKSMITH" and may be some other.
Sara Liebe advertises swimming dress. Pictures of girls in bikini are so small that almost invisible on the screen. No art.
Anna Kylik (Slavonic family name meaning Snipe) showed rather attractive still life picture, but the shown dishes aren’t her artwork. She advertises Ukrainian on line shop and web site http//:fama.ua/ Katalog/ Podarki (Katalog – non correct Catalog, Podarki – Presents)
I'm not seeing the idea that Joanie provided, other than her comment that we should get rid of this type of spamming...can you quote her comment so it's more visible. That would garner more votes.
I feel that when something imminent comes up, like spammed accounts being created, AW needs to do something without waiting for us to comment. Personally, I'm not on this site very often, and haven't been plagued with any spam accounts.
The idea board is to generate, well, ideas! And a great way to network, share etc, with other artists. However, when there is an issue that needs direct attention, waiting for enough votes before something is done to correct or address the issue, it not acceptable.
There are ways to minimize the way spam accounts are created, so ask the tech folks...widgets, certain code, etc.
NOW here you are my signal: today a very kind man who called himself "kevin org^any" recommends us to use some specially good soap called "Titan". I'd rather offer the staffr to close such accounts from the very beggining, because they sound suspicious. The name "kevin org^any" doesn't sem to be a human name, as if it is a name for some bot number 13 or a monster. Why shouldn't the AW staff just ask new AW member aplicants more specifically about their names, jobs, goals, artistic styles,etc?. ...Why can not you activate their accounts only after they submited some artwork? As far it is better for AW members not to follow such reecommendations, given on their ARTISTIC site, and to decide themselves which soap to use... or to eat...
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