Spam is a rampant problem not only with email, but increasingly with Twitter and other social networking sites and platforms including Ning. In the case of our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices learning community (built with Ning) our administrative team moderates new members to try and insure they are educators interested in digital storytelling and oral history, or at least interested parties wanting to contribute to discussions on our site rather than spam members. This is not actually too hard to do: We have some profile questions people must answer when they register on the site, and typically a spammer will either not answer the questions or give non-sensical answers. This has made it pretty easy (to date) to gatekeep “out” spammers.
Unfortunately, learning community administrators are not universally vigilant in dealing with these spam issues. I noticed today a new comment wall spam message on an educational Ning site to which I belong.
Before blocking that user and deleting the profile wall comment they left for me, I clicked on their userid and saw they have apparently spammed lots of other members of the Ning recently.
If you are the administrator of a social network / learning community, particularly one created for educators and/or students, I think you have an obligation to monitor activity on your site and ban spammers like this. This takes time, but this type of site monitoring and maintenance is a key requirement that should go along with the commitment which is made when someone creates or agrees to help monitor / administrate a learning community website.
I’d be very interested to hear your experiences dealing with spammer issues in other Ning sites and learning communities, particularly if you administer or help administer a site that deals with this issue.
Dean Shareski‘s post last week, “Dealing with My/Our Attention and Information Issues,” is one of the best I’ve read in awhile addressing issues of “filtering” and needing to continually refine/upgrade the various filters we use to manage information flows in our lives.
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