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Forum spam
09-07-2010, 09:48 AM,
#1
Forum spam
Lately there has been an increase in spam on this forum. New "accounts" either spam links and stuff in a message, or have a signature with spam links and then spam topics with "interesting info" or "valuable information" or something like that. I keep reporting to those posts whenever I see them (I'm not sure if the moderators like the flood of mails they receive because of this, if you prefer me not reporting the stuff because you possibly see the messages anyway let me know).

I was wondering if there isn't a way to stop it, or at least try to cut back. In the old days, spam was done by guests. This has been combatted by requiring an account. But even that doesn't work anymore evidently. Perhaps it is possible to implement a CAPTCHA challenge/response for creating new accounts (you know, where you show an image with letters and you have to type those letters). If those new accounts are automated actions (which I think they are), that might prevent crap accounts from being made that simple. It's no cure all of course as spammers can still make accounts by hand, but I that takes slightly more effort and the point of spam is to do it automated for maximum effect.

Another solution would be applying CAPTCHA to making posts, but I don't think we should go down that road. That impedes all the regular users on this forum as well and the spam isn't that much (yet). Or perhaps make user categories with "trusted" users who can post without restrictions and a user group for new users who get CAPTCHA images and may be promoted to "trusted" when it's obvious they are not spambots.

Just throwing in some ideas here as the spam starts to get annoying.
I guess what they say is true. Send a Silencer in and the job gets done.
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09-07-2010, 10:22 AM,
#2
Re: Forum spam
ya I monitor this thing. Delete them regularly. There is a solution to make every user admin activated, this will solve the problem. However I do not want to turn on this mode as so far I'm dealing with it ok.
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Hector Berlioz
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09-07-2010, 01:12 PM,
#3
Re: Forum spam
I had to create a fix for the spam on my website by making new users wait 24 hrs before posting. spambots got sick of waiting and moved on
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09-07-2010, 02:59 PM,
#4
Re: Forum spam
(09-07-2010, 10:22 AM)Cyberion link Wrote: ya I monitor this thing. Delete them regularly. There is a solution to make every user admin activated, this will solve the problem. However I do not want to turn on this mode as so far I'm dealing with it ok.

I guess that would be a good solution in case it gets out of hand. Probably easier than implementing changes to the registering proces (if that is possible at all).

Do you want me (and others) to keep hitting that 'report this post to a moderator' button? Or is that unnecessarily spamming your inbox with e-mails/notifications?
I guess what they say is true. Send a Silencer in and the job gets done.
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09-07-2010, 05:04 PM,
#5
Re: Forum spam
Am, well if you wish so, why not Wink
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Hector Berlioz
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09-29-2010, 01:42 AM,
#6
Re: Forum spam
Find spam
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10-12-2010, 02:38 AM,
#7
Re: Forum spam
May I suggest this...

http://www.animeneko.net/projects/smf/re...a-for-smf/

and this...

http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/in...h=anti-bot
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12-31-2010, 12:42 PM,
#8
Re: Forum spam
Look at the list of people that become 41 on january 1st! I'm guessing most of them are spammers...
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12-31-2010, 08:02 PM,
#9
Re: Forum spam
We need to do something, its got to be killing bandwidth. Perhaps the most simple fix would be to add re-captcha at the bottom of the page when creating a new thread. That way users must enter in the correct phrase or their thread will not be posted...

[Image: recaptcha.png]

I would be willing to help out to take care of this evil that has covered these lands.
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01-01-2011, 02:04 PM,
#10
Re: Forum spam
How about captcha the registration process? And/or make new accounts to be approved by an administrator before letting loose into the wild? Why even put up with the spambots (even when they can't start threads) when you can silence them before they enter?
Also I hope the admins will get rid of all those spam accounts. It makes the community look large.
I guess what they say is true. Send a Silencer in and the job gets done.
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