Dear Blahtherapy Admins

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I know there are lots of posts like these floating around but I can’t help but make my own. Are the admins even listening to our complaints about the abundance of ads, polluting the Q-n-A on a daily basis?

There was thirteen advertisements posted yesterday, which have yet to be even be deleted. On average, there’s about one advertisement or more each hour. That means that in the month of January alone, about 750 advertisements were posted here, taking up valuable space in a forum that is supposed to be focused on helping people, not making them feel insignificant. I’m feeling that we’re not really being addressed about this issue, correct me if I’m wrong.


I just find it ridiculous, first of all that their attempt to combat this issue is restricting how long you can take to respond to several PRIVATE messages. If you respond too quickly, you get an error message saying you should wait a little while.
Meanwhile, the actual spammers are throwing these advertisements out in the PUBLIC and nothing is actually being done about them. This could easily be prevented in the first place by adding a captcha to the sign-up, one that can’t be as easily bypassed. I would say that would significantly decrease the amount of advertisements on here.

Second of all, if the admins aren’t willing to add a captcha to the sign-up page, then they should at least pay more attention to MODERATING the Q-n-A, because at present there seems to be hardly any attention paid to this forum, and even if these ads are reported and downvoted, they remain up for several days or never get deleted.

So why am I so pissed about this? Because this is a site people come to for comfort and advice, not to see advertisements plastered everywhere preying on the vulnerable and telling them they’re not good enough, so they should buy their product. That is beyond messed up to me, and I’m pissed because it is so inappropriate and obviously immoral and toxic, and nothing is being done about it.

I’m sorry if you find this post obnoxious, I just know nothing whatsoever will be done if I send in a report privately, so why not share my opinion with others and fuel your fire, so to say.

asked February 14, 2015

27 Answers

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I agree. You're right.
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My concern isn't the adds themselves its that a lot of it is what they call "native" advertising and that stuff on a site like this is the completely undermines the whole mission of this site. So BlahTherapy if you truly do want to accomplish your mission statement you can do many things to fix this problem one is to only publish things based upon a number of positive votes in comparison the number of negative votes a question receives from the actual site users, I like this solution because while it would require more time then an automatic filter it would catch "trolls", adds, and malicious attacks on people or groups of people, also in this system if anything slips through past the screening page we(the site users ) are to blame and not you. Yes I know the practicality of coding all this initially will be a lot of work but in the long run the most you would have to do to edit it is updating graphics which has to happen with anything practically and then slightly tune the algorithm if nothing if results are highly undesirable. If you do like this idea feel free to use it note it is not my idea I found the idea on a site called sixbillionsecrets.com I'm not sure on all the intellectual rights in the electronic world but I don't know of any laws that would prevent you from doing the same thing as long as the code wasn't nearly word for word from that site.
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I agree 100% It's actually disheartening when you need to FIND someone to help after minutes of scrolling through disliked adverts... What makes matters even worse, is when the titles of adverts, are presented in a way to make them look like genuine questions. Blahtherapy needs to change. I'd urge everyone who agrees to upvote and comment on this post, Do whatever we can to get this message to whoever the admins of this site are.
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All Blatherapists, Speak your mind now!
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This site has made me hate a lot of people. The people who come onto this site because they’re bored and want a listener to entertain them, the people who spam the questions with complete and utter BS, and the people who don’t regulate this board and keep it under control. This site used to be an amazing place where people could help and be helped, but now it’s one big spam piss pot. Not to mention the entitled little bugger who wanted me to cure his boredom. Why do I hate these people? Should I forgive them for being retched human beings?It’s absolutely disgusting, and those of you who don’t take this seriously should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. There are people here on the brink of suicide and you flaunt your beauty products around with the gag questions like this is a fucking game. It’s sickening, and it’s people like you who deserve to have Anonymous or your own government itself rip away any hope of future internet connectivity. These are people’s lives.To the people who give blahtherapy upkeep, I now write directly to you. Regulate this. For the love of God, delete the spam and gags. I never thought there’d be a day when I would threaten leaving this site, but if the crew shows no willingness then why should I? Make the change or we will find alternatives.
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Bumping.. Not one advertisement posted in the last twelve hours. Progress?
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What about an automatic five reports it can auto delete it self? I mean five of us take the time to report something clearly it's not right. Especially if we chose spam as the category?

I believe we've proven ourselves to be excellent judges of what is and is not becoming behavior for the site.
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We really wouldn't have to worry about doing it ourselves if the admins decided to actually do their jobs.. That sounds really negative to say but it's not our responsibility as members to keep this site free of advertisements.
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Guys, thank God I came here for counseling. Now I know how to shed weight the right way and get rid of imperfections on my body which others might see as shameful. Joy!
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I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to give some users moderation over the Q&A. Sometimes groups also get spam and they often do have moderators. Fair enough, those groups are made by regular users and get moderated by regular users, but I think this could also be done for the Q&A. Personally I'm around a lot and I wouldn't mind it if they would give me the opportunity to delete the spam. Sure it would be a lot of work, but now I'm spending time in downvoting and reporting the spam. So I might as well use that time for deleting them instead, if I would be able to do that. I can see why you'd say that it's the job of the moderators, but just like all of us, they also have their life outside of blahtherapy. I wouldn't mind to help out a bit. I'm sure there are a few others who also wouldn't mind helping out. This Q&A definitely needs more moderation since it's daily filled with spam.
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Just sent a message to blahtherapy. Let's see how it is received.
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The problem with community-dependent voting is that any anonymous troll can down-vote every single question. Or flag every question. I don't think you should risk anything like that happening, it'd be a disaster. All it would take is one group of trolls to get on here and down-vote everything. I'd say pick a few members of the community who are very active and very reliable and give them the power to delete questions. Or at the VERY least, if not delete them, let these select members put them up for approval where they're taken off the Q&A page and put in some special "select members only" Q&A page. In that page, the select members would be able to vote questions back, if necessary. That page would be invisible to everyone else. So that way you have multiple select members putting their input instead of one just deleting things (if done by accident).
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Thank you so much for posting this. this is soo true!!! They are preying on people that are looking for answers and they are just providing products. Its disgusting. Please make sure these ads are deleted!!!!!
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Go to the next page of Q-A and then you will see a straight line of advertises. I totally agree with everyone that the Q-A needs to be moderated more. It would bring bad impressions of the new ones here. Try to think that you never knew this site so it's really hard for you to share your problems. It would only bring hate to the people :/ i though this was supposed to be a site where you get help or be helped. I tried to listen to someone but as same as @AbridgedSquirrel i was seriously dissapointed that i met someone who just wanted to have his little "boredom" cured. Just try to think that you're talking with someone like that person and on the other hand there's someone who's on the verge of suicide. But obviously, i'm not wrong. This is a place where you can be help or be helped. There's still some amazing peoples who want to lend a hand and i really want to wish you all luck :)
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Agreed but I feel that nothing is being done because these ads might be one of their sources of income, as you may or may not know, sometimes you can willing plans ads on your site for money. So this may be one of those times.
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Page one is ad free. Are my eyes deceiving me?
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Okay, I just saw an ad posting in the mental illness support group. Now they're in the forums too? What the heck is this?
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Or as Silent Rain and radiance said, they can give some users moderation. Not newcomers like me, people who are known to be regular users of blah.. That would be perfect, and we all can trust them to do it well.
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I feel that there should be a system where if a post gets too many down-votes it will push those "questions" down into a different category.
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They aren't bots posting the ads guys... Its actual people, because every time an ad is opened they get money. Thing is, if you want to to contact blah , tweet at them, they use their twitter.