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Yep, did try few times again and every single one was successful. I guess upper-case letter was indeed the case, so spot on. And thank you!

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Finally figured it out. WIll be using it on fb a lot more now..

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Being open to the public, the Shouts.tv domain has become no stranger to spam links. Over the past couple of weeks this has been growing steadily. As a result, new submissions are run through databases of spam urls before the shortened link is created. You may notice a small increase in the time it takes for the shortened link to be created. Unfortunately this is now necessary to continue operating the service.

 

If for any reason you get a response that a domain you are trying to link is blacklisted, it means it appears on one of these databases:

 

Spamhaus

URIBL

SURBL

 

Because these are external services you would need to resolve the issues with whatever database(s) the original URL appears on, as we have no control over their blacklists.

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Found that one of the provider databases was having connection issues and kicking back blacklist responses for 99% of submissions. Reduced the spam check to 2 database checks, which should slightly increase speed and eliminate the blacklist bug.

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Continued high levels of spam have resulted in a few more changes including additional IP blocks. Some file locations were moved to prevent automated spam, and the browser bookmark to create links from any page was intentionally broken as it is this submission interface believed to be the cause of abuse.

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A few more changes today that change things a bit further. Creating short links from within SoccerShouts will be much faster now. The external spam database checks were removed. They were both slow an ineffective at slowing the rate of spam.

 

Creating short links from the main shouts.tv page will also be much faster now as well, but any links created from the main page will need to go through a Captcha. The reason for this is that the URL submission method from the main page can be easily be manipulated by spammers to mass submit spam. By putting a Captcha in the way, those easily crafted spam URLs are blocked immediately because they do not include a valid Captcha answer.

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