Forum turning to shit Page 25

  • nickthegun 16 Oct 2020 12:38:26 83,331 posts
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    JoeBlade wrote:
    @hedben2013 You're right about the SEO part but no way it's for legit purposes. It doesn't make sense, why would a company want to/need to resort to this sort of thing to promote their support numbers?
    Its not their number. Its a classic tech support scam.

    They want these numbers to appear high enough in the search rankings that when Doris's printer goes tits up and googles 'CANON PRINTER SUPPORT', theres a chance that she will phone one of the numbers splatted onto this forum rather than the legit one.

    Once through to the mumbai call centre, her printer will be faulty because of an issue with her computer which will require her to install logmein and the tech guy to steal all of her bank details or pay for bogus virus removal with a £200 itunes card.

    This entire enterprise is aimed towards getting a scam phone number high enough in the rankings for people to call it whereby they will ultimately have their money stolen.

    Its honestly shameful that EG havent done something about this before, tbh but whatever.

    Edited by nickthegun at 12:39:55 16-10-2020
  • alt-cmd-esc 16 Oct 2020 12:48:11 527 posts
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    You mean I won’t receive my OxyContin, nick?
  • Nazo 16 Oct 2020 12:55:28 1,465 posts
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    I think it's an attempt to trick smart speakers. Who the fuck is asking Alexa for the support number of Spyware Blaster is beyond me though.
  • hedben2013 16 Oct 2020 13:09:37 1,730 posts
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    Yeah I haven't been paying much attention to the actual threads but I can see now it's not going to be legit companies paying spammers for better SEO. Good explanations nickthegun and JoeBlade, thanks.

    And yeah if it's enabling fraud, even more of a moral imperative for EG / Roger Reedpop to sort it.
  • JoeBlade 16 Oct 2020 13:10:34 5,318 posts
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    @nickthegun Err, yes, that's exactly what I said nick :)
  • nickthegun 16 Oct 2020 13:24:59 83,331 posts
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    I saw question marks and just went for it.
  • monkman76 16 Oct 2020 13:25:42 16,816 posts
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    Classic redpiller defence.
  • wuntyate 16 Oct 2020 14:06:16 15,468 posts
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    Ahh that makes sense about the whole scam number search ranking thing. Never thought of that before. It does have an actual purpose then.
  • Dougs 17 Oct 2020 07:56:18 95,994 posts
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    I see the spammers have upgraded from help desk scams to drug scams. Really not a good look
  • Not-a-reviewer 17 Oct 2020 08:21:16 6,533 posts
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    You’d think they’d be a bit more keen to sort it when online drugs are being advertised.
  • IRWATWO 17 Oct 2020 08:23:27 792 posts
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    I could use drugs more than a help desk currently, so I for one welcome etc etc etc
  • Baihu1983 17 Oct 2020 08:36:52 12,850 posts
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    I think the issue would have been sorted pretty quickly if it was happening in the comments section
  • JoeBlade 17 Oct 2020 08:40:58 5,318 posts
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    We don't mention the c section (fnar) on here good Sir.
  • JonFE 17 Oct 2020 10:44:08 2,030 posts
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    Anyone knows why forum pages show a variable number of threads (less than 10, then a couple or even just one)? Are they testing something out?
  • dfunked09 17 Oct 2020 10:46:46 517 posts
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    @JonFE
    Pretty sure they're getting ready to shut it down completely. It's the only reasonable explanation.
  • Graxlar_v3 17 Oct 2020 10:50:54 10,586 posts
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    @JonFE I think it is the effect of the spam deletion
  • JoeBlade 17 Oct 2020 11:07:02 5,318 posts
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    Soon the forum will be but a desolate wasteland, where you have to scroll through hundreds and hundreds of empty pages just to find a single thread.

    And knowing fate's sense of irony it'll be the latest one Fruit_Salad created in a drunken stupor.
  • RyanDS 17 Oct 2020 11:09:44 13,364 posts
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    Jesus you guys must be an amazing community. Between the span and the stupid decision to autoplay videos this has become one of the worst sites on the Internet. Yet somehow I still come back several times a day.
  • Derblington 17 Oct 2020 11:13:26 34,075 posts
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    Not really a stupid decision for auto play. They explained why pretty clearly, and apologised for needing to do it.
  • Rum_Monkey 17 Oct 2020 11:14:01 1,457 posts
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    Derbs has been assimilated.
  • Syrette 17 Oct 2020 11:21:34 50,862 posts
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    Don't really have any hint of an issue with autoplaying videos to be honest, so long as there's no chance of the audio on them being unmuted without my consent.
  • dominalien 17 Oct 2020 11:31:20 9,936 posts
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    I thought everyone did auto play these days? And most sites don’t offer a minimalistic mobile view, which imo makes EG one of the better sites out there.
  • JonFE 17 Oct 2020 12:23:10 2,030 posts
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    @dfunked09
    To be frank, I will be sorry to see the forum go, although, from a cruel cold business point of view it may be more trouble than it's worth...
  • TechnoHippy 17 Oct 2020 12:34:06 17,842 posts
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    We can start our own forum.

    With blackjack, and hookers.
  • KnuttinAtoll 17 Oct 2020 17:51:15 8,269 posts
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    I just posted my first commentard post in years.

    Do I have to jump through the 'I'm not a robot' routine every single time I want to post on the front page? Surely not?
  • Jono62 17 Oct 2020 17:54:51 25,760 posts
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    TechnoHippy wrote:
    We can start our own forum.

    With blackjack, and hookers.
    You know what? Forget the forum.
  • Trowel 17 Oct 2020 18:01:58 23,800 posts
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    I can't believe I didn't know all these special characters were usable here.

    What the hell is a ꧁ anyway?
  • Rum_Monkey 17 Oct 2020 18:03:01 1,457 posts
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    Fart with mustard on the anus emoji.
  • EMarkM 17 Oct 2020 18:04:34 5,064 posts
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    :D
  • JoeBlade 17 Oct 2020 18:57:34 5,318 posts
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    Rum_Monkey wrote:
    Fart with mustard on the anus emoji.
    They know us too well.
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