In order to promote high quality notes on Lernabit, we use various spam control mechanisms to weed out spam and other low quality content. This page outlines how we categorize and handle spam content. You also might want to take a look at our Community Guidelines to see what is considered appropriate content on Lernabit.
How to flag spam
Anybody can report spam. If you see something that might be spam, you can report it. Here's how to report spam:
- Click on the note to visit the main page for that note
- On the page for that note, click the flag icon. That will report the content as spam
- That's it! Once it has been reported, an administrator will reivew it to see if it should be categorized as spam.
Please note that flagging something as spam does not necessarily mean it will be removed. It is ultimately up to the administrator to decide if something is spam.
What counts as spam?
While not an exhaustive list, the following types of content will generally be considered to be spam:
- Posting content for the sole purpose of marketing a product or service while not providing any value for Lernabit readers
- Posting links to irrelevant sites
- Posting affiliate marketing links or promoting affiliate content
- Linking to or promoting get rich quick schemes
- Creating multiple accounts to manipulate the system
- Using bots or scripts to access our systems
- Promoting services that offer to promote content or increase interactions on the site (Example, paying to leave comments or vote on content)
The spam review process
Once something has been flagged as spam, here's what will happen next:
- A moderator will review the content to see if it meets the characteristics of spam. This usually happens within 24 hours.
- If it is confirmed as spam, it will still be visible on the site if you visit the note page directly. It will also appear in the author's own personal list of notes for their own personal use. However, it will not appear in any public feeds, will not appear in search results, URL's will not be turned into links, and it will not be crawled or indexed by search engines.
- If a moderator determines that it is not spam, no changes will be made.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some common questions regarding our spam policies. If you don't see an answer to your question, feel free to send us a message on our contact page.
What happens if my note is flagged as spam?
If your note is flagged as spam, very few changes will be made while it awaits review from a moderator. Here's what will happen:
- A banner will appear on the note page to inform readers that is has been flagged as spam. Anyone can see this banner
- It will still appear in search results
- It will still appear in public feeds
- It will still be indexed by search engines
After review, if it is not confirmed as spam, the alert banner will disappear.
What happens if my note is confirmed as spam?
After review, if your note is confirmed as spam, the following changes will take effect.
- It will still be visible to anyone who visits the note page, but a banner will appear on the note page to inform readers that the note is spam
- It will no longer appear in search results
- It will still appear in your own list of notes for personal use
- It will not appear in any public feeds
- Any URL's in the note will not be turned into links
- It will not be crawled or indexed by external search engines
- People will still be able to add the note to their review list