ZAP - You're Gone!

By Jabo
@jaboUK (57031)
United Kingdom
April 15, 2019 8:35am CST
A few years ago one of my friends on a now defunct site revealed to me that she was the mother of one of the founder's sidekicks. During the last months of the site's life she asked me if I'd like to help out. The owners had lost interest somewhat and members were complaining that nothing was being done about posts that had been reported. She gave me a code which enabled me to delete inappropriate posts if I saw fit, and even to delete the offenders' accounts. They were mainly scammers or people trying to promote their businesses, though there was the occasional offensive one. When I saw anyone complaining that posts were still there after they'd reported them, I told them about a supposedly 'hotline' that I'd come across. If they used it instead of reporting in the normal way, those posts would get the attention they deserved. In effect this hotline came straight to me, but I was asked not to divulge that. I did enjoy dealing with those scammers though - ZAP - goodbye!
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24 responses
@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
15 Apr
I did not know you helped on those site, what a shame, I have reported dozens of scammers and never got a reply.
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@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
15 Apr
@jaboUK I remember they appointed an official Moderator. I quit a few months before the site went down. I could not stand their abusive attitude anymore.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
@LadyDuck Yes, you were probably gone by the time I did this. Elaine was good as a moderator though. (I don't think she knew about me doing this).
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@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
15 Apr
@jaboUK Elaine was good, they should have appointed a moderator earlier, the site needed more than one.
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@xFiacre (7062)
• Ireland
15 Apr
@jabouk That must have felt so good. It would make me feel so righteous zapping a member of that perfidious class of person.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
That's exactly how I felt - along with 'yaaay!!'
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• United States
15 Apr
Myself and another lotter used to be a part of a chat site and we became moderators. Actually, I think myself and two others sort of suggested to the administrator that he (this lotter) would make a good moderator. He logged in one day to find that he was a moderator. It's been so many years I can't recall the specifics. It always felt so nice to get rid of those annoying scammers or spammers.
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@myklj999 (26198)
• Olney, Illinois
15 Apr
I became well-hated there by some
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• United States
15 Apr
@myklj999 Oh I remember.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
So you know how I felt - it was great to be able to do it, wasn't it?
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@Gillygirl (21401)
• Sutton, England
15 Apr
Wow! I never knew that Janet. I had stopped using that defunct site months before it closed. I hope you did zap a lot of scammers.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
I managed a fair few, but even the scammers were fading away towards the end. Nobody knew I was doing it, I never told a soul till now.
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@Gillygirl (21401)
• Sutton, England
15 Apr
@jaboUK I'm watching you very carefully now Janet.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
@Gillygirl Oh I haven't got any 'ins' on this site. I know no-one in admin.
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@DianneN (112980)
• United States
15 Apr
That is amazing! You sure do keep a good secret, and that’s very commendable. Glad you dealt with those scammers. Too bad you couldn’t do it here, too, although it doesn’t seem too bad here that I’ve noticed.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
I've noticed that they are pretty good at getting rid of scammers here. Yes, I can keep a secret, but it's so long ago now that I thought there'd be no harm in telling about it
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@DianneN (112980)
• United States
15 Apr
@jaboUK Yes, this site keeps on top of things. No harm telling about it now at all. By the way, did you hear the news that Notre Dame in Paris is on fire. We are watching it on CNN. Just horrible!!!
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@DianneN (112980)
• United States
15 Apr
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@much2say (43036)
• United States
15 Apr
For a while there it's like you had a fly swatter for scammers . It must've felt good to ZAP the unwanteds out !
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
That's an excellent way of putting it - a fly swatter for scammers!
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@much2say (43036)
• United States
15 Apr
@jaboUK Just curious - though you don't have to say if you don't want to . . . was it that B site?
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
@much2say Yep - I've only been on there and here
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@Juliaacv (40076)
• Canada
16 Apr
I had similar powers on another site, where I was an editor. I have since stopped going to that site and actually closed my account down. I found that although the pay (points system) was nice, the work was a bit more then I bargained for.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr
Oh that's a bit different to just doing a bit of zapping. I wasn't getting any reward for what I was doing, just the satisfaction of seeing those scammers disappear.
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• Midland, Michigan
16h
That sounds a tad like one Valerie and I were on long ago that also paid in points although the moderators didn't have the power to zap anyone that I know of.
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@Juliaacv (40076)
• Canada
16h
@MarshaMusselman We were called editors, not moderators, so it probably wasn't the same site. I did it for at least 5 years before I closed my account.
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@amadeo (89740)
• United States
15 Apr
same here not aware they you were working on those site there.Good for you
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
It wasn't really working Fredo, just a bit of zapping
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@amadeo (89740)
• United States
15 Apr
@jaboUK Okay.Have a good evening
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• United States
15 Apr
So for a short period of time you had a super-power? ZAP!!!!
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
Yup - me Superwoman
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• Belews Creek, North Carolina
15 Apr
That would be rather satisfying!
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
It certainly was
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Apr
That would be a fun job to have
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr
Yes, it was. I enjoyed consigning those scammers to the bin
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Apr
@jaboUK I would love that too. I am a member of several groups on Facebook and not long ago one of the groups needed a moderator. I thought about it but was afraid it would take a lot of my time. I wish I had applied now.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
17 Apr
@simone10 I wouldn't want to do it as a proper moderator, as you say it would be too time consuming.
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• China
16 Apr
You happened to have such a friend in the site ! You ridded the site of some scammers in a way.Would you tell me what the ZAP is?
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• China
17 Apr
@jaboUK Thank you for explaining it to me !
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
10h
@changjiangzhibin89 You're welcome.
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@bunnybon7 (39762)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Apr
my my aren't you the wise one and a bit mischievous too
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
Lol - you never know what you're going to get with me
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@bunnybon7 (39762)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Apr
@jaboUK what makes you so fun to know
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
@bunnybon7 Thank you
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@just4him (148096)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Apr
That's good you were able to deal with them.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
10h
Yes, it was very satisfying.
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@just4him (148096)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10h
@jaboUK I'm sure it was.
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@allknowing (79991)
• India
16 Apr
I hope you used that code wisely (lol) I wish I had that weapon when I was at Bubblews
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr
This was Bubblews . It was fun seeing those scammers vanish.
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@allknowing (79991)
• India
16 Apr
@jaboUK I used to report left right and centre but with no effect. Wish you did that earlier then the site would have survived.
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@CarolDM (21581)
• United States
15 Apr
That would be an interesting job.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
Well it wasn't really a job, but yes it was interesting.
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@CarolDM (21581)
• United States
15 Apr
@jaboUK Well, a good past time maybe.
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@rebelann (47723)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Apr
There are a few that call me that I'd love to zap. But it's just what's happening these days ..... I still remember those sales people that went door to door trying to sell things like brushes, vacuum cleaners or encyclopedias
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr
At least those door-to-door people are mostly gone now.
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@rebelann (47723)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Apr
I haven't seen one in decades @jaboUK
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• Indonesia
16h
I often get scammers. Especially when dealing with something that is done online
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
10h
They are such a nuisance, aren't they?
• Midland, Michigan
16h
I didn't realize you knew anyone or that any members were helping in any way. I'm guessing that was the infamous B site? If I knew the mother of the sidekick, I didn't know of that either. They could have had many more zappers that's for sure.
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
10h
I think I was the only zapper that wasn't part of the admin (apart from my friend).
@shaggin (43712)
• United States
17h
That's awesome you helped out that way! Did you get to earn any money for it?
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@jaboUK (57031)
• United Kingdom
10h
No - no rewards of any kind were involved. I just did it to help out.