Feb 15 2018 02:14 PM
Feb 16 2018 07:59 AM
Received the same couple of minutes ago, in my case it was another number-dash-number combination within the plain text like
The message is
Feb 17 2018 05:00 PMSolution
Feb 18 2018 06:01 AM - edited Feb 18 2018 06:10 AM
Thanks Allen, appreciate the background information. Unfornatunely this catches out a lot of support.office.com articles, which will match those patterns.
I can work around this and I understand blocking spam must be a priority. I can use alternatives, which works fine, not necessarily ideal but it does the trick.
Feb 18 2018 11:59 PM
I am with @Cian Allner, @Allen. I can't post links to Microsoft Support articles, because the number-dash-number pattern is not allowed. Also, I can't post images from my SnagIt without renaming them, because the default name includes the time stamp in the format yyyy-mm-dd and the warning goes up.
I understand the spam fighting approach but maybe the pattern recognition could be extended to allow http at the start of the string and the most common picture extensions png, jpg and gif at the end, so they can be treated differently from spam phone numbers.
Feb 19 2018 12:10 AM
Allen, thank you for the clarification. For a while we will survive with this, but hope you'll find another solution.
On the one hand phone numbers could be without dashes (I usually use them with spaces notation).
On the other hand with some resources becomes harder to work (URLs, Excel discussions with numbers inside, etc.)
Feb 19 2018 12:41 AM - edited Feb 19 2018 12:44 AM
Feb 19 2018 03:44 AM
Here's another example:
Considering half the support.office.com articles have GUID as part of the URL, it's really annoying :)
Feb 19 2018 04:05 AM
Having reviewed the spam we are now getting phone numbers in a format that was not getting picked up by the regex anyway. As a result I have remove the post block for posts containing numbers.
I promise we will only ever implement this as a last option and never for very long. Unfortunately blocking the spammers in this way becomes a 'whack-a-mole' style exercise as once you block one type of spam another usually starts or the format gets changes to get round the block.
Feb 19 2018 01:19 PM
If I may ask @Allen, are these controls being put back in place? I'd rather they were personally if it helps with what we are seeing at the moment with persistent spammers on the front page. I don't even get how the spammers profit from this. Hope you get a good middle ground if possible! Thanks for your work on this, it must be infuriating.
Feb 20 2018 10:25 AM
Yes, they are still on... annoying :) And spammers seems to have adapted to the filter by inserting random characters in between.