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th3br41n
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RE: splut.com

Post by th3br41n » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:53 pm

A visible "abuse report" link could help.
Do you have a "terms of service" page in which you explicitely forbid specific contents?
Do you require money for listing a website?
Can you monitor changes on the submitted URLs? There are simple and fast techniques to do this.

exiges
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RE: splut.com

Post by exiges » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:06 pm

<quote user="th3br41n">
Do you have a "terms of service" page in which you explicitely forbid specific contents?
Do you require money for listing a website?
[/quote]

We do not explicitly detail which category of sites we reject. The issue of payday loans is often flown under the banner of ethics and is hugely subjective. One may consider the practices of a high street burger chain as unethical, I'm sure they would disagree, but that shouldn't obviate Splut from listing it. However, if a site is considered illegal then it is removed.

It is free to list a site with Splut.

th3br41n
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RE: splut.com

Post by th3br41n » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:23 pm

I think the layout of your website recalls those fake websites that are shown on parked domains.
Furthermore, I suggest you to try to put a disclaimer with a "report abuse" link in a visible place (e.g., under the header).
I further suggest you implement a monitor for page changes that triggers a review of the URL. You can also buy a service to simplify this operation.

exiges
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RE: splut.com

Post by exiges » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:58 pm

Thankyou for your suggestions, duly noted.

Even with a "report abuse" link and a "content change checker" we would still be unable to investigate and act upon claims of "fraudulent payday loan companies that make unauthorised withdrawals" which is what we have been grouped with.

The most recent WOT reports say of Splut:

"loan sharks"

"Loan company with absurd interest rates"

"Ripoff loan company! "

We are none of these. Who is reviewing the reviewers ?

th3br41n
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RE: splut.com

Post by th3br41n » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:13 pm

Check these links:
1. https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/7628-ripoff-loan-companies
2. http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/splut.com
3. http://hosts-file.net/?s=splut.com (trusted source)

I would recommend to privately contact all users that left a comment on your scorecard asking for a review. Usually an evalutation request triggers notices to all (registered) users that rated the site asking for a review. However, I'm not sure this automatic message is still working due to some changes on the WOT website (an admin can confirm this).
As regards 2 and 3, try to get delisted. You can find a contact form on respective websites.

exiges
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RE: splut.com

Post by exiges » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:31 pm

<quote user="th3br41n">

As regards 2 and 3, try to get delisted. You can find a contact form on respective websites.
[/quote]

Thankyou for taking time to respond, I had already taken up the issue with McAfee/SiteAdvisor, and will now contact the others.

Guest

RE: splut.com

Post by Guest » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:20 pm

<quote user="exiges">
The issue of payday loans is often flown under the banner of ethics and is hugely subjective. One may consider the practices of a high street burger chain as unethical, I'm sure they would disagree, but that shouldn't obviate Splut from listing it. However, if a site is considered illegal then it is removed.[/quote]

Then you are also aware that many Payday sites which hit search engines and target the UK public are actually unlicenced to operate in the UK thus are illegal. Often registrant details (plus other things are a real give away on these).

An abuse reporting email address would be advised in helping you (and us) curb their fraudulent habits :) Obviously how quick you repond to, and how well you deal with abuse reports will reflect on your reputation here and elsewhere. Don't put hurdles in the way of reporters by making things difficult in taking sites down, keep it simple :)

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RE: splut.com

Post by MysteryFCM » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:27 am

I mentioned in my email to you, that you need to vet the sites listed. Because the illegal pharmacy sites are still there, your site is being re-added.

hxxp://www.splut.com/cgi/newquick.cgi?pattern=pharmacy

As a UK site, you are required under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, to remove all fraudulent sites.

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