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visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 01:49 AM

Hello, for me, it makes no sense, that i have 20 empty fotonotes on one picture from different people. Or is it a new way of fun for the people?

 
helen birch plus   November 06, 2012, 09:30 AM

The same happened on several of my images.
Is there any way to completely get rid of any trace of the fotonote box left by them?

 
15°C   November 06, 2012, 06:33 PM

Same here, i've had at least 4 photos with these footnotes (luckily not got one that's got more than one!), all empty and same size in the middle of the pictures. It seems to be photos that are a bit popular and the users don't seem to exist... (example: http://www.23hq.com/15%C2%B0C/photo/8297219?) Not sure what it is. Does not bother me too much if it is harmless but it's certainly odd!

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:34 PM

Ok, a special guy seems to be "kedutkoeldr", start at 23hq at 12.10.2012 without any pics. Really funny, eh? He picks again a lot of fotonotes on my pics....

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:41 PM

Ok, another guy named "liozuehlkerogel", started 13.092012, without any photos....
What should i say......

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:45 PM

And another guy, there are all from US, .. named "eogaldezvanna", beginn at 14.09.2012 without any pics. Please, 23hq, help us....

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:51 PM

OK, found another one, "eifferic", start at 14.09.2012, without pics....

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:54 PM

Sorry, another one, start at 14.09.2012 in US, named "kruarkfran", again without any pics....
It looks like a big coincidence.....

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 09:57 PM

I start to hate myself, but....
He/she/it calls "esagathersmelis", start at 14.09.2012 in the US, without pics,....
ich sags mal auf deutsch: Kleine Kinder darf man nicht an den PC lassen....

 
Steffen Tiedemann Christensen Team 23   November 06, 2012, 09:58 PM

Hi Thomas,

Good with detective work and a list of users ;-) In fact all the users you're listing have been registered from the same IP address so we're considering it spam. To combat this, the IP range has been banned from accessing the service.

 
visual_thom   November 06, 2012, 10:08 PM

Thanks a lot....

 
15°C   November 13, 2012, 09:48 PM

Got some new fotonotes on my photos unfortunately.. - users are "ubrucculerola", "ahannaleid" registered also on 14 and 13 September 2012 in the US.

 
richy plus   November 24, 2012, 02:45 PM

Another one: "yverygray" on some of my pics. Could you delete this please.

 
nachbarnebenan plus   January 20, 2013, 01:14 AM

Users "krickpors", "daubendiejosp", "mpromshop", "ifedoriwstan", "loccololoui", "ifedoriwstan", "bdonbert", "evonebrun", "fcduffshen" and "attermanthan" are several more suspects. I just deleted about a hundred or more empty fotonotes from them.
My guess is, this is done pre-emptively to prepare for spam (by modifying the fotonotes' content later on).
I'd suggest to give users the ability to delete excessive empty fotonotes (e.g. more than two empty fotonotes by the same user) and/or report them as spam.

 
eeek   January 30, 2013, 09:19 AM

"niortinodevi" is another one.

 
nachbarnebenan plus   February 15, 2013, 03:50 PM

"rashburnmari" as well :(

 
Steffen Tiedemann Christensen Team 23   February 17, 2013, 10:33 AM

Alrighty -- I've been a long time coming up with a fix this time around, really sorry about that.

We've added an option under Settings to control who gets to add fotonotes to a photo. By default it's set to allow only your contacts to do so, and fotonotes can even be disable entirely.

I'm fairly confident that this is a good fix: It covers 95% of all use cases for fotonotes by default -- and blocks out spammers entirely in the default setting. Should be good.

 
nachbarnebenan plus   February 17, 2013, 11:01 AM

Thanks, this'll really help.
Any chance you might add a black list setting as well — e.g. when someone adds a fotonote and I delete it, give the option to add this user to a black list? This way one can leave the setting open to all 23 users, but easily kick out the spammers as they raise their heads.

 
nachbarnebenan plus   February 19, 2013, 03:06 PM

I've got two photos which regularly get spammed, while all others seem to be left alone — for the moment. Maybe temporarily add a function to disable fotonotes on selected photos only?

 
Steffen Tiedemann Christensen Team 23   February 20, 2013, 08:54 AM

I have banned and closed a lot of accounts now and hopefully this will also halt the flow. The best recommendation though is to keep the setting at Contacts Only for a bit to keep those guys out.

 
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