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    Do you think this is okay or not?

    Okay, I have been getting more and more proxy sites submitted to my proxies blog.
    In reviewing the proxies prior to accepting them (got to keep out non-proxy and proxy lists, etc), I have found this:

    That there are more and more proxies that HIDE the url submission form!
    Put ads all around, the more the merrier, and never identify the spot where one would put in the url to use the proxy.
    Even ran into a few proxies that make the google search form very prominent and make it seem like that is what one uses.

    Do you think this is a good thing?
    To make it so hard for a proxy user to find the url submission form?

    Or do you think it is horrible, like I do?
    I am thinking, that I want my visitors to go to only good proxies where they can easily find the right url submission form without hunting all over or finding it buried in ads.
    So I may clean out the list on my proxies blog and delete those proxies that make it hard for visitors to use.
    And not accept such crap proxies ever....

    IMHO

  2. its not okay. i sometimes use proxy site to access site which blocks our country.
    and its horrible to see those proxy site full of ads.
    if possible add text telling visitors where to put links or a simple tutorial.

    make it easy to find since its what the users want in the first place.


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    Ah...positive!
    I like that....

    True, I look at so many proxies and it is a hunting job to find where one puts in the url.

    And I have to also say this, and that is those types of proxies are spammier than even the MFA's....

    Oh well, I will start the cleaning process tomorrow.

    And no longer accept spammy proxies.

    I want my visitors to use the best proxies....

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    I've never allowed hidden url boxes myself, it kind of defeats the point of easy to use proxies imho. Some do it deliberately, but some don't, like when the ads are the wrong size for the template or it renders differently depending on the browser, but these things should be checked so it's negligent on the owners part not to test properly. As a proxy user I won't touch the hidden url box ones with a barge pole, they're just spamverts and I hate them.

    It might be a good idea to have a submission rules on the proxy list, I do on mine and so do some others, that way it makes it clear what's accepted and what isn't (assuming they can read English of course). There's no excuse then, they can't say "I didn't know" when it's in plain black 'n white. It won't stop the spammers or the numpty's but it all helps. Idiots will still submit garbage but then they're idiots
    If I can't be a good example, I'll just have to be a terrible warning...

  5. No, it's definitely not okay to hide the form. If you're going to do something like that to stop automated submissions then at least put a captcha on there.
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    It is not automated submissions on my blog.
    I do review each submission before I accept or delete.

  7. Reviewing each site before it goes on is a REALLY great service to provide to your readers, my topsites generally require a backlink (I reckon if they can go to the bother of adding a backlink then the sites will probably be ok) and then I review them manually and check for dead links automatically using the link checker tool on netbuilders (SOOO useful btw).
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    I recently raised the same issue with Baron on proxy.org, since i was seeing the same website being advertised through email blasts, i complained about these sites to braon but the thread was removed and i was asked to contact privately for such issues. but i still see websites are continued to be submitted in proxy.org mailblast and baron is not really worried about it.

    And there should be some method to detect such faulty entries, i don't think they deserve place in proxy list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaustubh View Post
    I recently raised the same issue with Baron on proxy.org, since i was seeing the same website being advertised through email blasts, i complained about these sites to braon but the thread was removed and i was asked to contact privately for such issues. but i still see websites are continued to be submitted in proxy.org mailblast and baron is not really worried about it.

    And there should be some method to detect such faulty entries, i don't think they deserve place in proxy list.
    This is in todays mailblast - http://www.spamserverspass(.)info/ - I cant find the field!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tibbie View Post
    This is in todays mailblast - http://www.spamserverspass(.)info/ - I cant find the field!
    It's there, it's just hidden with javascript and has to be enabled, which makes it a spammy proxy in my book and I wouldn't list it. I've seen worse tho', hidden url bar and two search boxes, talk about trying to confuse. They probably have high ctr and low bandwidth usage, and few returning visitors I'd think. Some proxies don't do it quite so deliberately, they just have poorly designed themes. Some work OK in FireFox but the url bar's hidden in I.E. and that's not good either because those users at work or school usually only have I.E. and can't choose. Those types are pretty worthless too. If it's just way down the page but still visible it's not so bad imho, at least it's there and is usable.

    I've also seen a few proxies hiding the reciprocal links in java now as well, the listing scripts will see them but the visitors won't, so it's something else to look out for, that's just being plain disrespectful to the list owners. But most of these spammer people don't care, they just want a fast buck and don't worry about frustrating proxy users, as long as their pockets are getting filled. In a lot of ways we all make it too easy for them so of course they'll carry on doing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaustubh View Post
    I recently raised the same issue with Baron on proxy.org, since i was seeing the same website being advertised through email blasts, i complained about these sites to braon but the thread was removed and i was asked to contact privately for such issues. but i still see websites are continued to be submitted in proxy.org mailblast and baron is not really worried about it.

    And there should be some method to detect such faulty entries, i don't think they deserve place in proxy list.
    As for the Baron and his blasts, that's a golden goose for him imho, he's laughing all the way to the bank. People give him $5 per proxy per day to copy 'n paste into an email, nice work if you can get it. If the same proxy keeps re-appearing then it's because the submitter keeps paying. He's built up the list so he's reaping it's rewards now. If we don't like it I'm sure he'd be happy to tell us all what we can do
    If I can't be a good example, I'll just have to be a terrible warning...

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