I haven’t been a member of this community for very long, but I already feel strongly about WordPress. I think WordPress is a great piece of technology, and despite a few bugs here and there, it is an excellent way to run a website. However, WordPress is difficult for some new users to learn to use, and that’s where these Support Forums come in. The quality and quantity of support available here is amazing, especially considering that it’s all offered by volunteers.
I’m also impressed that the community is dedicated to eliminating spam. The availability of plugins to combat spam and the assistance available here in implementing solutions is a testament to the integrity of the community. Consistent with those goals, I think we need to be careful about offering support on this forum. In two different cases in the last two days, I’ve come across spammers seeking support on this forum.
In the first case, a user named chillythecat asked a question about his site, but did not offer a link. Curious to see if I could help solve his problem, I did a quick google search on his username to see if I could find his site. Instead, I uncovered evidence that he was building online casino spam blogs to try and game google. He hasn’t commented on the site since I pointed it out.
In the second case, a user named mikeherman asked a question about validation, and offered a link to his site. Unfortunately, the site in question turns out to be a linkfarm, offering dozens of useless identical interlinked pages about credit info. Look at the numbers along the footer of the blog, and follow a few of the links. Like I said, useless. A quick google search on the names of the authors of some of the posts quickly reveals that the same authors are responsible for linkfarm articles on a number of different sites on different topics.
I’m an enthusiastic volunteer of information when I think I can help fellow WordPress users get their blogs up and running. However, I will not knowingly assist spammers in setting up linkfarms. The solution is simple: when you ask for help, offer a link to your site. Not only does a link ensure that you’re asking for help about a legitimate site, it will also help us diagnose and assist with fixing your problems. Who’s with me?