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August 30, 2012, 04:00:16 PM
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For this you will have to post in this topic the last 6 characters of your contest ticket # entry that you will get after you join the contest.

Saw this in a thread the other day, it's just another form of spam, except users are being used to do it. I don't find this acceptable, it was literally 4 pages of bc6759 with 3 or 4 real posts. I warned the OP for this and advised them to remove that portion, they didn't and just put Closed in the topic, so I just locked it.

At what point is this kind of spam acceptable though? TizzyTazzy did kind of the same thing, but it was a "slogan contest" with ultimately no winner. Other businesses are starting to do it too, and getting more bold. This results in constant spam and thread bumping for no reason. I don't think OPs should encourage spamming their threads, if they want to verify users accounts there are better ways to do it (unique codes in one of the unused fields in the profile for example), if they truly want to run a contest it would be a better fit in gambling, with no spam stipulations.

Here's another example from the current Coinabul thread, two of them actually.
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=103605.msg1136023#msg1136023
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Respond to this post once every 24hrs with either:

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    A one line slogan for Bitcoin
    A one line slogan for Coinabul
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Just wanted to get other's opinions on this, it's something that's been bothering me a little bit for a while and seems to be getting more common.

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August 31, 2012, 12:00:35 AM
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To hell with that, it's spam. If they want ads, they should go bid for an ad slot on this forum.
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August 31, 2012, 01:31:51 AM
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It should probably be classified under spam unless they remove the once per 24 hour wording.

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August 31, 2012, 01:50:23 AM
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What do you think of sticking them in "games and rounds"?

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August 31, 2012, 02:12:03 PM
Last edit: August 31, 2012, 05:40:04 PM by BadBear
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What do you think of sticking them in "games and rounds"?

Forgot all about that subforum, it fits pretty well (games involving the forum). And doesn't require anyone changing their posts.  

Edit: I moved this to Meta from the Staff forum so more people can have their say.

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August 31, 2012, 09:26:38 PM
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Support "Games and rounds". Oppose deletion or outlawing.
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August 31, 2012, 09:40:14 PM
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What about pyramining? those threads (one of them mine) get bumped all the time, with no content other than referrals. Come to think of it, a central place to post referrals was the whole point of the thread I created. But that's contrary to the point of a discussion forum, isn't it? Should I lock it? I keep getting referrals there but I'll lock it if it's annoying to see.
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August 31, 2012, 10:25:31 PM
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I don't consider it SPAM at all.

I tried to complain about the 'tip-top-gem' guy listing an ENTIRE PAGE of separate threads/adds in the Auction Section a while back and was told that there was nothing wrong with it, by forum staff. Using the same, or similar mentality, I don't then see the harm in keeping everything in a single thread.

But again, times change, as does the weather and people's opinions of matters, when it affects them, so I could very well be wrong...AGAIN.

What do I know...I just come here to chat. I don't work here.

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August 31, 2012, 11:07:10 PM
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Support "Games and rounds". Oppose deletion or outlawing.

Likewise.

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