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  •  It's more subtle (1+ / 0-)
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    than the work-at-home and sell-your-house diaries.

    •  It was just a matter of time before spammers (1+ / 0-)
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      figured out how to spam the site a little "better".

      I get why people are hesitating, but this seems pretty open and shut to me.

      I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

      by coquiero on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:12:18 AM PDT

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      •  what are the selling? seemed like a negative, not (0+ / 0-)

        a positive promotion of social gaming to me...

        We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

        by nuclear winter solstice on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:15:29 AM PDT

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        •  Well, look at it this way (2+ / 0-)
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          If I'm a spammer, and I write an obvious spam post, it will immediately be deleted.

          But if I write a spam post, give it some kind of credibility by writing AGAINST what you are selling, but putting links to your site that you know people will click on to see what you're talking about and/or check to see if the post is actually spam, then your diary gets left up.

          I removed my HR since it seemed like I was in the minority about this diary and user, but time will tell, I suppose.

          I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

          by coquiero on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:37:57 AM PDT

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        •  Selling the gambling sites (2+ / 0-)

          I presume it's an attempt to manipulate search engines using some of the less wholesome aspects of "search engine optimization" (SEO).

          In Kos terms:
          Daily Kos has several bars of mojo with Google and Yahoo etc. Having a link from Daily Kos to another web site with little mojo increases the mojo of the other site, which increases its ability to appear in web searches and to sell its client sites.

          The first three words in this diary's title are far less important than the search string of the last three. And that last link looks to me like it's phrased for SEO key words.

          By contrast, some of our own front-pagers create links that seem to come from the how-not-to-optimize-your-links brochure.

          Think about the times here at DK that folks write something like, "I won't link to that bad site that I'm criticizing because I don't want them to benefit." An anti-gambling diary can make its point without linking to a site that promotes numerous gambling sites.

          I do take your point that this could be an exceptionally bad newbie mistake. Based on experience despamming other sites, I think it's a low probability, but I did offer a comment to the author to suggest that he or she try to demonstrate some authentic human participation.

          This past weekend I saw a diary I found suspicious. The author did comment, however, so I was able to convince him to introduce himself in a less provocative way. I still have reservations about that author's agenda, but now he can try to make his case rather than get banned quickly, which seemed distinctly possible.

          So, who knows, perhaps you'll find yourself mentoring a new author soon.


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