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Where and to whom can one report the scraping of RFD forums?

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Where and to whom can one report the scraping of RFD forums?

I am getting tied of seeing the poster bot called "DealsCanada" (who is the moderator of this subreddit) scrape every single post from the Hot Deals forum and re-post it at https://www.reddit.com/r/ShopCanada/, without any attribution to RFD or the original poster of the deal whatsoever. Not only is this activity is in clear violation of item #7 of the RFD T&C, it is also just plain sketchy.

Who can this be reported to?
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This also sounds like a violation of the Reddit ToS, Section 4.
Maybe you should also raise complaints to reddit about this.
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Jucius Maximus wrote: This also sounds like a violation of the Reddit ToS, Section 4.
Maybe you should also raise complaints to reddit about this.
I think RFD should do that it's their content
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Oh, I just came across this subreddit and wondered if they were part of RFD. Posted about it on @Riaz's thread before finding your thread @brunes!

try-speedpass-i-save-5-cents-per-litre- ... #p34018803
mzmoney wrote: Hi Riaz!

Hmm, I just came across YOUR posting here (and a number of other RFD threads). Is this subreddit affiliated with RFD?

https://www.reddit.com/r/ShopCanada/

https://www.reddit.com/r/ShopCanada/com ... re_for_up/
Guess RFD hasn't done anything about it, if there's no affiliation?
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If they are only posting the new threads to Reddit, wouldn't it in someway, advertise for RFD when people try to determine where the content is coming from?

Sort of the "best of" RFD for Reddit users?
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mzmoney wrote: Oh, I just came across this subreddit and wondered if they were part of RFD. Posted about it on @Riaz's thread before finding your thread @brunes!

try-speedpass-i-save-5-cents-per-litre- ... #p34018803

Guess RFD hasn't done anything about it, if there's no affiliation?

I am not part of ShopCanada sub on Reddit. Sad whoever is posting it does not even give us credit.
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DaVibe wrote: If they are only posting the new threads to Reddit, wouldn't it in someway, advertise for RFD when people try to determine where the content is coming from?

Sort of the "best of" RFD for Reddit users?
I just looked at the post on Reddit, no mention of RFD but it was posted 1 to 1 without even taking out my name!!
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Riaz wrote: I just looked at the post on Reddit, no mention of RFD but it was posted 1 to 1 without even taking out my name!!
Oh, then I don't agree with that lol
But this is an open forum of sorts, no?

Not sure if we have control over the content.
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Riaz wrote: I just looked at the post on Reddit, no mention of RFD but it was posted 1 to 1 without even taking out my name!!
Hey Riaz,

Mods removed 'my posting' above, from your thread and sent me a DM.

'Reason: It's a bot that scrapes our website. We're looking into having it taken down.'
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Don't think anything can be done. It's a public forum, don't even need to register to see the posted deals

But thanks, I've subscribed to that sub and actually prefer it to surfing hot deals as the deals show up in my Reddit homepage now
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Maybe I'll start going there, the people are more friendly and helpful on Reddit than here.

Joined. Thanks for the info OP.
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hagbard wrote: Maybe I'll start going there, the people are more friendly and helpful on Reddit than here.

Joined. Thanks for the info OP.
Really? Lol I love RFD discussions, at least users don't pop in and out. You can have a REAL discussion about something
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Lol I was just on that subreddit today, its so weird because its a straight rip off of RFD posts.
I guess the user basically rips the posts, makes most things an affiliate link and makes that sick money.

Pretty smart idea, but IDK who the heck would even use that subreddit for anything lol.
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DaVibe wrote: Really? Lol I love RFD discussions, at least users don't pop in and out. You can have a REAL discussion about something
You can have a discussion so long as you don't go against the majority or PO the Admin or Mods. I've been here since the beginning, its gotten to be very annoying the authoritarian nature of the forums.
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Hi there,

Did they steal my Costco thread, too?

Ju Leon...
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kimwoobingsu wrote: Lol I was just on that subreddit today, its so weird because its a straight rip off of RFD posts.
I guess the user basically rips the posts, makes most things an affiliate link and makes that sick money.

Pretty smart idea, but IDK who the heck would even use that subreddit for anything lol.
i get more deals (check out or buy) lately from that subreddit than here. it's better if you just want to get new hot deals as part of your reddit Homepage feed instead of going on rfd and scrolling down the hot deals forum where threads get bumped by questions/discussions and may not be a new deal
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well what you could do if you see its clearly a cut and past etc possibly a bot then only post the the link thru rfd and no extra within the post then its not so easily copied.

Plus maybe post like this.
frypan for sale @ whatever

Remember @/redflagdeals.com/is/the/way/you/get/the/deals/not/here!!/ 19.99 and link are above only.

eventually if its a bot its gonna look bad. If its not it takes to much extra time cutting and pasting manually!!LOL

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