We are a community of travellers and we want unbiased information for and from our members. There will always be those who try to abuse the service and try to game the system to their advantage (and that means everyone else loss).

For this reason, and in order to participate in the community, we ask you spend a couple of minutes qualifying your interest in travel by telling us a thing or two about your travel experiences: In the beginning it might be easiest to write a drop box entry about your home town, or some place you know well - we love expert 'local' knowledge, tips and hacks.

Read below about ways Red Planet Travel has been attacked in the past:

Link Spam

Most often a spammer will join a site that has a forum-type capability and post links to their tour or blog page in order to try to gain traffic and rank from our site.

https://redplanet.travel/questions/159/How-long-is-the-Octopus-Card-in-Hong-Kong-Valid

Profile Spam

Redplanetters are encouraged to put links to their blog or website and any social media account on their Profile page.  This attracts spammers who use the system to get a link to their service.

https://redplanet.travel/profile/AssignmentWriting32

"Assignmentwriting.ae was founded on the desire to the provision of quality submissions in all our tasks. With the rising education demands in UAE and GCC, it is imminent that students will always compete to edge their peers in terms of performance."

In response to this type of spam profile pages are only active after the user has a reputation score of at least 200.

 

Chinese fake degree bot spam May 2018

 

This was an extremely sohipsticated attack that was promoting fake degrees. Huge blocks to text were posted to the site in the Questions area using automated bots. A new Question was posted every 2 or 3 minutes.

The feature to be able to ban a User and delete all their questions was added after this attack.

You can see in the screen capture above 1) the garbage Username - which were all based on the @outlook.com domain, and were all verified emails and 2) the mountains of junk content that were posted by the Bot.