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  1. #16
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    The spam is going on much longer than anticipated (Elias' says) b/c he and I were just talking about it. Doesn't anyone know about bots out there, and can help fix this problem.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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  2. #17
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    there seems to be a few repeat offenders...2 or 3 "forum member"
    names keep popping up..often with a green symbol under their "forum name"...
    i do not know how they managed to join this forum under false pretenses...
    i wish there was a way to block their posts once everyone realizes that they
    are not scoli patients or anything near to that but simply disgusting spammers
    using a forum meant to help people with spinal problems....

    i do not understand how any organization could possibly think ANYONE would buy
    anything they are selling or promoting once they try to use this forum for their
    own selfish greed....
    how stupid, selfish, greedy, deceitful....and what a waste of time!
    i take it that this spam is generated from some hackers' computers...?

    jess
    Last edited by jrnyc; 10-04-2011 at 12:40 AM.

  3. #18
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    New spam member today...

    can tell by the nonsense name. Maybe can zap before it gets started?
    mamandcrm

    G diagnosed 6/08 at almost 7 with 25*
    Providence night brace, increased to 35*
    Rigo-Cheneau brace full-time 12/08-4/10
    14* at 10/09 OOB x-ray
    11* at 4/10 OOB x-ray
    Wearing R-C part-time since 4/10
    latest OOB xray 5/14 13*
    currently going on 13 yrs old

    I no longer participate in this forum though I will update signature from time to time with status

  4. #19
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    They've figured out a way to bypass the normal registration process, so there's currently no way to avoid having them register.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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  5. #20
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    they have no right using a patient help forum to "point" to their
    websites...
    that IS advertising!!

    jess

  6. #21
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    Just a reminder to folks to NOT click on any links in anything that appears to be spam. The same spammers appear to be coming back again and again, and I fear that is because they are tracking clicks. If no one clicks on links, there will be no benefit to spammers to continually posting.

    Thanks!
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  7. #22
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    this "annockams" group must be the worst of the spammers here...
    do they not recognize how alienating spam is to people on this forum...?
    do they believe they can sell anything this way???
    i don't get it....?

    jess

  8. #23
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    Unfortunately, my hands are tied. I do not have the ability to delete or ban users, and I cannot remove posts when there are >50 (he's managed to post 180 over night). I've sent a message to the NSF, but I don't think they read email over the weekend. For the time being, I would recommend everyone refrain from posting, as your posts will surely get lost amongst all the crap.

    Sorry.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  9. #24
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    Oh, and please, if you see this, don't report any more posts until we get annockams under control, as they are just filling my email.

    Thanks.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  10. #25
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    Haven't reported any today. But will refrain in the future. Thanks for letting us know.

  11. #26
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    It's OK to report them normally, but when there are a lot, it gets a little overwhelming. Thanks.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    If you've signed up and are having trouble posting, please check your spam folder. An email was sent to the email address which you subscribed. You have to follow the instructions in that email. Done that and still having trouble posting? Contact Joe O'Brien at jpobrien@scoliosis.org.

  12. #27
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    Holy crap -- three pages of spam this morning!!
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  13. #28
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    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  14. #29
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    You know, I thought it was, but I'm not certain. It's got to be partially automated. Whatever it is was smart enough to figure out that I was not deleting messages as soon as they were posted after about 10PM every night.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    If you've signed up and are having trouble posting, please check your spam folder. An email was sent to the email address which you subscribed. You have to follow the instructions in that email. Done that and still having trouble posting? Contact Joe O'Brien at jpobrien@scoliosis.org.

  15. #30
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    I'm wondering if they damaged the program on the server. I can't block the spammers, or at least I can't block annockams. When I update the block list, it won't do it. If it does work, I find it unblocked the next day. It's getting very frustrating. I think that stupid green symbol has something malicious attached to it, as ALL of the spammers seem to have it. That is probably how they are getting into the system.
    Last edited by rohrer01; 01-09-2012 at 11:53 PM.

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