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Is this spam???
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:11:23 PM »
I have just noticed that the poll for the TWO comp has changed. My entry is in orange (which I have never seen before) and when I hovered over the photo title it said 'supplied by viglink' and the link took me to a random website.

Any ideas? Is this spam??


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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 10:15:25 PM »
I've just looked again and the link has gone??
Weird??! ???
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 10:40:28 PM »
It's not spam. I had it once, and Mick explained what it was, but I cannot remember the details.
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 07:52:36 AM »
Thanks R. Would be interested to find out what it is.
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 08:07:47 AM »
I delved into my messages and found the following:

Mick,

Why has Viglink added a link to every 'abers' in the 'Umbrella Poll' thread, and linked it to a book on Quantum Mechanics written by a certain Abers? (Not even Alan's real name!)

Is this legit? Or some form of spam/intrusion?

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Hi Re.  Hadn't noticed this, as I'm using the default theme (it's easier to admin)  Yes it is legit, but an unfortunate use of abers as a auto insert link. 

This viglink system is in place to help with funding the hosting plan, it works quite well normally, although it only draws in a few pence a week on this site.  On my guitaristguild site it makes a couple of pounds per week which I guess helps.  I'll check to see if there's a way of filtering specific words.

Thanks for the heads up.  :tup:

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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2014, 09:47:01 AM »
Thanks R. That help explain it, mostly, but still can't work out why, and why it's my photo.  :uglystupid2:
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2014, 10:26:15 AM »
This is just a guess, but it makes sense. (To me anyway.)

I think the Viglink system scours the site for certain words, that coincide with things they advertise.

In abers' case, it was a book written by a certain Abers. In your case it is for a DVD of something called 'Double trouble,' the title of your entry. A word for word match.

Makes sense, doesn't it?

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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2014, 10:48:46 AM »
Thanks for putting it in idiot proof form.  :-\ :uglystupid2:

That makes sense now. Thanks. Just never seen it before.
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2014, 07:42:45 AM »
That was a very interesting thread to read. And reinardinasexplanation made total sense
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Re: Is this spam???
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2014, 03:16:27 PM »
Yes it comes and goes for some reason
If it is in place for hosting then it is agreed it can be used on this site .

I get it now
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