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CalHunter 08-20-2020 11:44 AM

I honestly didn't take this as you were blaming the mods. I simply fleshed out the situation for members who might be wondering who was where on it. I didn't name individual mods as it doesn't serve much purpose. The lack of unity by the mods may or may not be a factor in how Admin treats the issue. I agree on the puzzling behavior when other IB owned forums are examined. The answer is likely somewhere on the backend of things, i.e. does specific hits bring in ad revenue versus member #'s. Maybe both for all I know.

Bocajnala 08-20-2020 01:23 PM

We've tried. We went on strike for a while. We had a great mod step down.

And we were told as long as they are not posting spam on the forum, they aren't a problem. Several of us spent allot of time deleting, looking for, blocking ip addresses and domain names (I think that's correct) so just to realize we wanted our time (allot of time)

Trust me when I say this has been a frustrating issue for some of us for a long time. Ultimately my choice was to stick around and try to continue to improve HNI and to ignore these profiles unless they post spam and need deleted.

Right? Wrong? I don't know. But I chose to stick around and do my best.


elkman30 08-20-2020 05:27 PM

Thanks for having our backs as a lot of the stuff you guys are talking about was not widely known by members. Sad that Huntingnet would stoop to this.

CalHunter 08-20-2020 05:52 PM

Just to clarify, I don't know of any mods that openly support porn links on HNI and even admin has not supported porn links. Like Jake said, a few of us work to remove them as best we can.

JW 08-21-2020 06:52 AM

At some point even us Mods are tired of running into a brick wall.

Really ought to change to

I spent hours going through the member base and found quite a few so called soft porn links. They where deleted. But not stopped.
Your Moderator group (those that choose to stay active) do the best they can with the system permissions granted to us.

I've also stated many times to our Admins to clean up the Modetator list as many listed have not logged in in years!


Gm54-120 08-21-2020 07:20 AM

Our software has an option called "spam clean" which removes all posts, bans all those accounts with the same email, checks IP against creation date and removes them. Then rejects anymore from that IP and email. It also checks the IP against black listed sources known for spamming. Now i know HNI bans Tor exit nodes. Ive tested it personally. So site admins can ban unsecured proxies which are very often spam sources.

This aint rocket science. IB owns vBulletin and can EASILY implement these features.

elkman30 08-21-2020 10:17 AM

This pretty much sounds like it all points back to Admin. Funny how they choose to allow it on HuntingNet and not on other IB owned sites. Makes you wonder.

CalHunter 08-21-2020 10:29 AM

It is Admin's call and definitely above a Mod's authority. I don't know that HNI could preempt all spam but I definitely think they could prevent a lot more of it.

Gm54-120 08-26-2020 09:24 AM

A while back i had a link in my sig link deleted even though i had no connection to the company. I just liked their rifles. Ive seen several others such as Knight Rifle and CVA links removed also from other users sigs.

10. Linking – Links to products and personal pages will be tolerated. You may not link to any direct competitor of or link to just advertise a product or service. We reserve the right to delete any link for any reason
Yet all the links in these bot sigs are allowed to happen. Allowing links in sigs can be changed through user permissions in the majority of forum software. I find it hard to believe that an Admin can not do this with the software the company they work for also OWNs the software company that makes the forum software. Therefore they want it to happen because it can easily be stopped at the admin level. Now ive never seen the back end of the IB in house admin panel but i have seen the retail versions of the software. I know it can be enforced in those. It can even be set to require a certain post count before you can add links to anything.

Something like this is available to admins in the retail versions of vBulletin. I would be amazed if its not in the IB in house version of the software.
AdminCP > Usergroups > Usergroup Manager > edit Usergroup > Signature Permissions > Allow Link BB Code
AdminCP > Usergroups > Usergroup Manager > Edit Usergroup > Signature Permissions > Can Use Signatures

This solution is SIMPLE and removes the chance of a real member/user clicking a link to a malicious website. I just cant imagine why having a 25 post count requirement to post links, a sig or a sig link is a problem. Its actually common on many forums. It puts an end to ad bots and if they post a mod can deal with them.

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