More spam comments “Hello! You have a new message…”

Asked by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2016-05-27

<https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&q=%22You+have+a+new+message%2C+please+read%22+site%3Alaunchpad.net+-site:lists.launchpad.net>

Some of these are original spam, while others are people quoting the entire spam when they reply in confusion/annoyance, repeating the spam URL.

Current cases:
* bug 334384, 2 comments from ~philipp-sadleder
* bug 659438, (a) 2 comments from ~ankitanand8888, (b) 1 quote from ~jantricker, and (c) 1 quote from ~mpasotango
* bug 940632, (a) 1 quote from ~thispeterguy, (b) 1 quote from ~welsberr, and (c) 1 quote from ~irwinr12.
* bug 1325297, 4 comments from ~simon-k
* bug 1014834, 1 quote from ~linksysds
* <https://answers.launchpad.net/duplicity/+question/256418>, 1 comment from ~stage-nexvision
* <https://code.launchpad.net/~jamesodhunt/upstart/fix-deprecated-json-calls/+merge/218664>, 3 comments from ~bj7u6139zdyf2a6nz2ly74oec10f2lnela24rsgd389d0elot5a7jz6hawymvsdk8c4sd6srfzh4ilnrb31ygx-4ltf-jjcftv6wldnzq84cskygyvhqqb9qwjfcq0yfnwzcca0ux8ircw2a3om624q2ycdp941uw5474gcdbi2qtcnlii

[This is the followup to <https://answers.launchpad.net/launchpad/+question/293493>.]

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2016-05-31
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2016-05-31
William Grant (wgrant) said : #1

Most of those were already gone; Google's just behind the times. I've removed the remaining few.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) said : #2

I’m scratching my head as to why you think “Most of those were already gone”. Maybe you’re using your browser’s Find command before it has a chance to load all the comments? Or maybe you’re overlooking the cases where Launchpad collapses quoted text containing the spam. Anyway, not only were they not gone then, but 10 out of the 18 are still there right now:

* bug 659438, (a) 2 comments from ~ankitanand8888, (b) 1 quote from ~jantricker, and (c) 1 quote from ~mpasotango — screenshot <http://pasteboard.co/1koEor8k.png>

* bug 940632, (a) 1 quote from ~thispeterguy, (b) 1 quote from ~welsberr, and (c) 1 quote from ~irwinr12 — screenshot <http://pasteboard.co/1koUHzdS.png>

* <https://code.launchpad.net/~jamesodhunt/upstart/fix-deprecated-json-calls/+merge/218664>, 3 comments from ~bj7u6139zdyf2a6nz2ly74oec10f2lnela24rsgd389d0elot5a7jz6hawymvsdk8c4sd6srfzh4ilnrb31ygx-4ltf-jjcftv6wldnzq84cskygyvhqqb9qwjfcq0yfnwzcca0ux8ircw2a3om624q2ycdp941uw5474gcdbi2qtcnlii — screenshot <http://pasteboard.co/1kpfYpxD.png>

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Just adding another, slightly different SPAM message
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/96923

William Grant (wgrant) said : #4

I've removed the leftover comments that quoted spam.

It's not currently possible to remove comments from merge proposals.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) said : #5

Verified that the bug spam is gone this time.

I see that inability to hide/delete merge proposal comments is reported as bug 697495. In the meantime, as suggested in that bug, perhaps you could use SQL to edit the comment text rather than deleting the comment altogether?

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