This is just going to be a short blog about a growing problem I have noticed occurring in N4G's articles, over the last 6 months or so I have seen an increase in false advertisements being posted by fake user accounts attempting to either gain hits or scam legitimate users.
I wont post any examples with links for fear of encouraging the practice, but here's a message I received from a fake account only an hour ago.
"babyrita 1h ago
My name is Rita never married. l saw your profile today and after going
through it many times then l made up my mind to
contact you as my friend. so l want you to write back to me through my email
address so that l will give you my picture and for you to know who l am.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) l hope to see your mail ok. lt is from
We've all likely received these kinds of spam messages in our personal emails junk folder, but I think it is unacceptable to put up with this kind of crap on a gaming website.
I feel this kind of junk mail and spamming may become a bigger concern if more is not done to prevent it, the mods here already have enough to deal with regarding the many user complaints (legitimate or not) without having to respond to reports of fake user accounts spamming articles and such.
I'm honestly not entirely certain on how the management of N4G accounts is handled, but it seems to me that it's all too easy for anyone to create an account and start spamming articles, then have their account closed and move on to opening another. If I remember correctly I recall being told that the email address of a problem user is logged and restrictions are placed on them if they create a new account, but the Internet being as it is these days getting a new email address is no problem for most, the solution seems to be to increase the difficulty of signing up for and creating an N4G account, it mite put some potential users off but it would also turn away many potential problem users who intend to create fake accounts for purposes of spamming or creating duplicate accounts.
I think we'd all like to have less duplicate accounts and spammers but since this isn't an ideal word all we can do is attempt to discourage it, maybe there's another way to tackle this issue that I haven't mentioned.
So with that being said, what do you think? do I have a point or am I just making mountains out of molehills?