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Recently for some weird reason dA was filled with spam. LOTS of spam. I've seen TONS of comments like "This Kit changed all my life", "Generate $500 $2500 a month - Own Your Own Business", etc (with links in them) on different deviations (probably those that are somewhat popular, not sure) - even my Missed You little comic got some spam in comments. No worries, i already deleted them.

And so i'm writing this reminder, just in case:

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If you're the user that sees those comments:
- Don't click the link in that comment. DON'T YOU DARE to click the link, okay? If you do, you may either get viruses on you computer/get your dA password stolen/thus your account will start sending spam comments/etc, no one would want that, right? No matter how awesome it sounds, don't click the link!
- From what i've seen, those accounts are just generated spam accounts with usernames, meaning there's no real person behind that account. So don't comment under their spam comments, don't go to their page, don't tell them to stop spamming! It's just a waste of time and who knows what's there on their pages. Remember, those are robots, bots, whatever you wanna call them.
- Not necessary, but may be helpful. You can report them and/or put them in your blocked users list
  • This is how you block a user:
How to block a user by fan-of-many-81277
Just enter their names in the box. Don't go to their page to do that! Just copy or retype their name from the spam comment they left under a deviation. Again, this is not necessary, but if you really want to protect yourself, do that!
  • This is how you report a spammer or a spam bot:
Go here - help.deviantart.com/contact/ . Click on the "choose one" list, then choose the "Spammer Report" category (can be found under "Copyright & Etiquette Administration (CEA)"). Write something short and informative in the "Subject" line, for example, "Spam Bots in comments" or just "Spammer". Do NOT write stuff like "HELP!", "OMG!", "PLEASE ANSWER", etc, it won't make any difference, it's just that you will look like an idiot. 
Cool, now move on to the comment section. Just say stuff like "This user is spamming under deviations" and provide his username. You can also put some examples of their spam there - make a screenshot and attach it to your report or just copy the text in comment (DON'T copy the link, just the text!!!). And you can put link/s to the deviation/s that were spammed by this user or where you first saw him spamming. Not necessary, but it may be helpful.
While writing in the "Comment" section, don't swear, don't tell them how you hate spammers, don't tell them the name of your dog that sits right next to you when you're typing that report, etc. Be polite, short and specific.

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Also, if you're the user that gets spam comments under their deviations/journals/etc:
- Block those users, report comments for spam. Just in case, here's how you do this: see that little pencil button on the upper right corner of the spam comment? Click it and you'll see a small list. First choose "Block user", then choose "Report spam". That's it, the user is blocked and you've reported him succesfully.
- PLEASE don't just ignore the spam comments! When you get notifications about people commenting under your works, just quickly look through them to see if there's any spam. At least hide those spam comments so no one of your watchers gets to see them. Please, care about your watchers, some of them might accidentally click the link or click it on purpose because they didn't know that was a spam - it won't be your fault, of course, but you can do something about it, and by "something" i mean hide those comments, report them as spam (which also hides the comment, so you kill two birds with one stone). Besides, who would want to look at spam?

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That's basically it. You may already know all that, but still. Also, feel free to share this journal with your watchers if you want to warn them! :)
Have an awesome day today.. and may spam never reach you.
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A-Lions-Pride Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I Feel Your Pain!!

I Reported 6 Deviants!!

Sad Thing Is....It's Not Their Fault...

They Feel For It and Got HACKED!!

Be-careful Out There Shimi!!:hug:
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Not sure if those are all real people, i believe some of them or even most of them are bots with usernames that make no sense at all (meaning they are generated). So yeah.. well i hope dA does something.
And thanks, i will :D
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A-Lions-Pride Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah...

I'm Starting To Think So To....

Yeah, I Hope dA Does Something About It To.....:D
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ICUDO Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the warning!
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg Now Im scared I viewd the page of one didnt comment or anything theyre blocked reported etc. but oh man oh no
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
No worries, i'm not sure visiting the page does something bad to you - just better to avoid that :D
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok thanks :) :huggle:
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SleepWalker-XX Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Действительно,думала одна такая х) У самой начался литься спам в комментах =/ Спасибо за этот пост)Как там говорится.."намотай на ус"?)Так вот,я намотал х) Зыыыы ,спасибо)
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LunarWolf26 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the good advice. :)
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TechouNoPenki Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I haven't gotten any spam but will block any user who does without question. What a bunch of morons trying to ruin everyone else's good time! : /
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DarkJanet Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, thanks for the warning. And don't let :iconbeeare: steal your information because he ask you a question like you have A.D.D & O.C.D.
You don't have it! He's a liar. Just spam him.
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rikoee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I only got one and was so curious I clicked the link and saw DA's page where it would say something like, "Are you sure you want to leave? There be monsters out there," and as soon as I saw the link's title I was like, "...OH HELL NO" I'm so glad I didn't make it to the link <3
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xYarks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It does, it spammed me as well in one of my deviant. And its those deviant that aren't even popular, only like 50 views.
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meowclopspurrcat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the warning!
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BeeStarART Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW its bad :L luckily i haven't had any yet..
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WildBae Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shimi, do you mind if i repost this? I just got a spam comment as well....
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Of course I don't mind! :)
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WildBae Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ; u ; I just wan't to inform everyone.
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CyanSapphire Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ank y so much for warning me about this :iconplzhug:
I saw a few today when I was looking through some art and I was wondering why people where advertising that sorta stuff, and I was going to go on their pages and ask but I had to go and watch a movie at the cinema (lucky!)

Thanks again :aww:
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YllannaStafford Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Yah,I know someone who got spammed before,the only links ive ever gotten on my Deviations is links to..." Adult Only " Sites if you get what I mean? ( I Never say the actual word...) but yah,I Also say be careful to those out there because theres people going around posting links to sites with rude pics on and stuffs :I

- Have a Great Day Yourself :P -
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I know, those sites are also usually filled with viruses, so who knows what you may get when you click the link.
I've never seen people posting links to those sites you mentioned, but thanks for the warning anyway :)
Yet the most stupid form of spam ever is those chainletters. "Pass it on or your mom gets hurt", blah, that's gross, weird, rude and just... blah. Sure, a message can't do anything to your mother or anybody else, but it makes some people worry, etc. This is not a good thing at all and still it's made by people, not even spam bots. And what is this all for? Just to spread spam. That is just... ughh.
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YllannaStafford Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
No probs,people need to be warned about those and oh yah,chainletters do my head in,i ignore them all the time,its annoying right?

- Sorry if its a late reply,im drawing stuffs for Lioden cuz im opening an art shop soon once i got all the stuff drew up,set up a join me though i doubt no-one will join :XD: -
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jtgil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Why has this happened all of a sudden? There are a lot of artist with the same problem!
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, i know! Like in just a few days dA was filled with spam, i'm almost sure if you go to see some newest deviations, you will come across a spam comment at least once. Meh. I have no idea where it came from though.
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jtgil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist
It is so annoying, don't spammers have anything better to do? Is it happening to you too?
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ShimiArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah >_<
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jtgil Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist
:(
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HiddenCookie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is NOT sudden. It was there long before, but now the hackers have returned.
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:iconjtgil:
jtgil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah, I know that the problem has been for a long time before.
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