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The "Anti-Spam Feedback" Initiative

The Anti Spam Feedback initiative was launched in December of 2001 to help address the burgeoning problem of spam that pollutes the guest books, public forums and feedback pages of thousands of web sites around the world.

 

Some unscrupulous individuals use guest books, forums and other site feedback mechanisms as a free means of promoting pornographic, pinup, scam and piracy sites. It is a practice frowned upon by many web masters who try to maintain sites that are available to all age groups.

The Anti Spam Feedback initiative was implemented by Michael Bloch and Kathy Tyndale of Taming the Beast.net after months of clearing inappropriate links from their Guest Book.  The decision was made after a specific incident, which you can read about by clicking here.

The aims of the Anti-Spam Guest Book initiative:

  • To provide a visual deterrent to spammers

  • To reassure site visitors that as web masters, we care about the content on our sites and will not tolerate spamming of our Guest Books, Public Forums and other public feedback mechanisms

  • To provide a mechanism for a site's visitors to anonymously report inappropriate guest book, public forums and feedback page links to the relevant web master

  • To shut down web sites that contain child pornography or promote scams.

  • To provide support to web masters participating in the initiative

  • Over time, would-be spammers will recognise the "Anti Spam Feedback" logo and will not attempt to submit spam links to feedback pages - especially those who have had sites shut down through the initiative before.

  • To forge better relations between web masters and their visitors.

The following is a sample of the code web masters can install on their public feedback pages...

We appreciate your comments...

This site is a member of the "Anti Spam Feedback" initiative

But not links to pornography, piracy or scams!
Anti Spam Feedback program details - click here.
Report an inappropriate spam link! - click here.

Reporting Form

(if you are a web master and want to join the program, please click here)

Have you found an inappropriate link on one of our member sites? The web master of that site would appreciate your report.  The information you provide to us is anonymous and we will forward the report to the relevant web master.

Please type in the web address of the page where you found the inappropriate link:
http:

Further comments (optional):

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