Nick Barr
Nick Barr
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Later today, we’ll be releasing the Spam Watchlist — a new tool to help you fight spam.

This feature surfaces a list of people on your Ning Network that might be spammers, based on an algorithm that analyzes their content:

Announcing the Spam Watchlist and other anti-spam tools

It’s totally up to you to take action (either to suspend for spam or whitelist as not a spammer). All the Spam Watchlist does is let you know who seems fishy. You’ll find it on your Members Moderation page, and you’ll only see a link when there are any members in the list.

The algorithm will get better as you and other Ning Creators interact with the Spam Watchlist — it learns as you either suspend or whitelist members who appear there. For that reason, we recommend giving it a few weeks to warm up. If you have any feedback on the feature, please let us know using the feedback link that appears on the Spam Watchlist page!

In addition to the Spam Watchlist, we want to help protect your Ning Network from profile comment spam, which we know is particularly annoying.

Today, along with the Spam Watchlist, we’re introducing a new checkbox that allows you to completely turn off profile comment emails. Obviously this is bad for engagement and not recommended, but we want to give you a last resort option in the event you’re seeing a lot of spam. You’ll find this option on your Email Settings page.

Additionally, in the next couple of weeks we’ll start scanning profile comments for spam as they are posted. When we see suspicious posts, we’ll be able to not trigger an email notification, or throw a CAPTCHA. We’ll have more details on that in the coming days.

Please let us know if you have any questions or thoughts.