No disrespect to the family of Damilola Taylor, but I’m not sure why the BBC have deemed this (“Porn posted on Damilola web forum“) to be a newsworthy headline story? The forum in question only appears to have ever had 1 legitimate thread since it was set up and only a couple of non-spambot members.
The news item was posted on the BBC site 2 hours ago and the hard-core links are still there. In fact, porn links from several days ago are still there. So…
- How long should it take an “administrator” to delete half a dozen inappropriate forum posts?
- Why are they running a version of vBulletin that has known security holes and is over a year out of date? (in fact, it looks to be been nearly 10 months out of date when it was installed)
- Why did they choose to set the forum up so that spambots could register and post articles straight away?
- Why not just take the forum offline until you can clear up the offending articles?
- There are thousands of message boards and forums out there with porn spam links on them posted by automated bots — what makes this one newsworthy?
Please, BBC, stick to reporting real news.
answers to the above questions:
1) a couple of minutes at the most
2, 3, & 4) because the person administering the forum is clueless
5) because the BBC News Editor on duty this afternoon is clueless