What's up with all these weird ads lately in the classifieds, from all over the world? Frankly, I'd be reluctant to click on any of 'em for fear of them being loaded with viruses, not that anyone would want to anyway, but some people might choose to respond to them to tell them to quit clogging our classified section up. I wouldn't do it.
I think the webmaster should get rid of them.
Here's an idea - make posting a classified ad a benefit of MTFCA membership. Require your member ID or a password available only to members. It used to be that way. Now the password is available to anyone.
If you notice most of the problem classifieds have an e-mail address to a company trying to get you to click on them so they can more then likely get your e-mail address or information. Most of them are from over seas sites.
I should add no offence to our over seas Model T friends who are members and post properly.
I like both Larry & Dan's suggestion.
It used to be that way. The problem was that members would give out the password to every request of "hey guys, how do you post on the classifieds, i lost my password" If it was that way again, loose lips would again sink the ship.
Hmmm, good thought Ed. Sigh.
Why not require everyone to have his own Classifieds password, like you need to have to post here? "Weird" ads, if by some fluke they appear, could then be traced to their source. Maybe current Forum users' passwords could be valid for the Classifieds, while new users/non Forum members would have to fill out a quick, simple form that would get an auto response with a one-time, one-use password.
I delete them when I see them, they really are harmless unless you click them.
I appreciate your diligence in keeping things running smoothly.
I clicked into one of these when they first started to appear. These particular spam are easy to identify, they have always been "car for sale" and have no info about a car. I'm pretty sure that the blogs that are linked are just looking for clicks, some Internet advertising gets paid by the number of people that click onto your site, even if you leave immediately. So just ignore the bogus ads and Chris will clean them when he gets the chance.
I agree that MTFCA membership should be required to place an ad.
It would certainly reduce the amount of span and conmen.
I had to join the Early Ford V8 Club to post ads.
I agree with Jim.
I disagree regarding a membership requirement to post an ad. If you do this, you will limit buyer and seller opportunities and cut down the number of leads on available Model T Ford cars and parts.
In my opinion, more people own Model T Fords than are members of the Model T Ford clubs. Some of these people are active antique automobile hobbyists and just aren't interested in being members of a Model T Club. They may or may not be members of other national or local car clubs (such as AACA, HCCA, VMCCA, CCCA, etc.). Others simply own Model Ts for various reasons, such as through an inheritance, purchasing a car at a weak moment, etc.
Also, there are many people in the old car hobby who specialize in other makes and just happen to have Model T Ford cars or parts that they may want to sell.
I have no problem having any of the above types of Model T car or parts owners posting legitimate ads.
If a person has Model T Ford cars or parts for sale, why would you want to restrict that person from posting an ad? Likewise, if a person wants to purchase a Model T or is looking for parts for his/her Model T, why would you want to restrict them from posting a want ad? Model T Ford car and parts transactions between members and non-members benefit both parties.
I AGREE with Erik, I am not very internet savvy. Please don't make it harder for us computer challenged guys to get this invaluable info!!!