joined:July 3, 2015
Part of my main website has a massive forum. Over 212K users, very active and over 17 million posts.
Since 2014, we've received three policy violations for forum related pages.
All three were warnings where I simply had to mark as "resolved" on my adsense backend.
One violation in 2014 was for some post that someone made in "2007" with a nude image.
Another violation came last December, this time a user posted a simple link - "in 2005" - to some website that had revealing images of some celebrity.
Then I get a violation on Tuesday of this week, because of a post from 2010 which contained a bikini photo that Adsense's bot found too revealing.
Here is the thing, my forum section has not run any adsense tags since 2010.
In fact, adsense is disabled (on Google's end) from running in our forum section. It runs everywhere else on the site.
Two of the three violations came in forum sections where there are zero ad units. The latest came in a section where a third party ad network is running and maybe they ran their own adsense account in there, but surely not mine.
Since all of these violations are pertaining to posts that were made ages ago, its impossible to comb through everything.
What I did, was pay a coder to create custom mods.
One mod blocks all posted images for everyone other than registered users. They simply don't show unless you register and your account is approved by a moderator.
The other mod blocks any posted website links to everyone - unless someone is a registered user.
In other words, if someone came in the forum one day and spammed a thread with questionable images and links, all of the spammers posts would appear blank to non-registered users.
We've had all forms of profanity censored out for ages.
These mods appear to have saved the day in terms of sleeping at night without the worry that someone may post the wrong thing and then Google's bot scans it for a violation hit.
The latest violation came in the sole sub-section of the forum where I allowed image views to guests (which is how Google's bot caught it).
Now no section of the forum allows image views to non-registered users.
What boggles my mind, is all three of these violations gave the option of "removing the content" or "removing adsense code from the cited page in question"
But there were no adsense units on these pages and in two instances there were no ad units from anyone.
At least with these mods in place I no longer have any worries, but it still causes concern that Google's bot is screwed up and issuing violations for pages that are not running any adsense code.