07-23-2012 06:45 AM - edited 07-23-2012 06:49 AM
There are suspected (by me) spammers that try to blend in and post seemingly related contributions. Trying to fly under the radar. However the posts lack any originality or substance. All they want is park their spamvertized URL. (which has nothing to do with NI WSN in this particular case ).
Thses outfits typically hire students to find related discussions all over the web using keywords to plaster certain URLs to increase traffic and search rankings.
Let's look at spammer laurenrodriguez, but there are probably others.
Here is a sampling of the posts:
This post simply repeats the the thread subject as a question.
This post simply says "I agree to titou." (sic.).
This post seems offtopic, again just peddling one site.
This post is very incoherent, again simply peddling the signature URL.
This is another "i agree" post.
The only common things is the URL in the signature.
Let's look at her blog posts in the NI community:
Again nothing NI related at all. Every blog post is marketing material lifted from their own web site. Basically using the NI community to get some appearance of legitimacy. Then used elsewhere to link to it.
Well, she's been busy. Here are some other sites where the same stuff is plastered all over:
Is this a legitimate user? I don't think so! Do you?
07-23-2012 07:33 AM
I noticed somebody else last week who did something similar. I almost reported it as spam, but what I concidered spam was actually in their signature. If I run into it again, I'll be sure to report.
08-24-2012 10:14 AM - edited 08-24-2012 10:14 AM
Not sure why this caught my attention. But I checked with the company this user is advertising for. Here is their answer
Thanks for your email. I am afraid we do not have LabVIEW drivers.
José J. de las Heras
ADVANTIC Sistemas y Servicios S.L.
I would think if they are going to run advertisements they would at least support LabVIEW or CVI or something :-)
08-24-2012 01:21 PM - edited 08-24-2012 02:36 PM
Most likely the company is clueless. The probably hired an outside outfit that promised them to optimize search engine rankings. (Maybe they found them by replying to a spam email).
In any case, they are taking advantage of NI's high reputation, hoping that many links from here makes them more legitimate. I would not miss it if all blogs and other posts would simply disappear.
Jordan, did you ever get a reply?
08-31-2012 11:02 AM
There was no reply. The "spam" posts were deleted and the user was asked to remove the link in their signature if they engage in the future. If you run by anymore suspicious looking posts from this user or any other users, please let me know.
09-04-2012 10:24 AM
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have deleted the offending blog posts and reached out to the user letting her know that this is not acceptable. All future content posted by the user is now being monitored on the community.
02-12-2013 06:52 AM