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Re: Spammers

Post by falcor » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:33 am

Why not make the registration of new users more difficult so you dont have to deal with 10 new spam posts every night?

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Re: Spammers

Post by Piledriver » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:01 am

falcor wrote:Why not make the registration of new users more difficult so you dont have to deal with 10 new spam posts every night?
Because he might have to deal with 20 real people trying to sign up instead.

Some sites have a test of a nontrivial (but Google-able) topic-related question.
Sometmes the trick is to ask for the wrong answer, indirectly.

The people who write the spambots are, for god knows what reason, persistent.

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Re: Spammers

Post by Bonemaro » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:06 am

I don't remember, but does this site require you to verify with your email address prior to being able to post? I was getting a ton of spam on my forum and had to implement that. It actually got rid of most of it. I get 4 or 5 notifications a day of "User BobX65432358 has joined," but they never come out of Awaiting User Authorization status.

I also set it up so that new users have to have at least 5 posts before then can publish a post containing a link. Any posts prior to 5 with links go into a moderated state that only I and my lead moderator can see. The system works well. I still get the occasional spam post, but nowhere near what it was.

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Re: Spammers

Post by doc » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:34 am

this last couple of days, the spam has been abnormally high, yesterday particularly. AdminSteve figured it out. We hadn't changed our signup question and answer list for a while. The spammers figure it out, then they're in. Steve changed the questions. It'll settle down now.

Must have valid email to sign up, but anyone can get a hotmail/gmail address in 2 minutes. The second idea is a good one, I think. 5 posts before posting a link. Will put this in my hip pocket.

It is always a balance between making it easy on legit users and tough on spammers. We do what we can.

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Re: Spammers

Post by fusername » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:06 am

yeah, the no links before a certain number of posts thing has cropped up on a lot of forums. Makes plenty of sense to me. Good luck and thanks for all the hard work.

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Re: Spammers

Post by Chip Birks » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:40 pm

Came out in force today. Almost 2 full pages of "new posts". 2 user names.

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Re: Spammers

Post by doc » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:40 am

Every day. Never stops.

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Re: Spammers

Post by BAJA-IT » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:33 pm

Looks like we just got spammed!!

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Re: Spammers

Post by Chip Birks » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:11 am

8 pages of new posts in 3 hours!!!! :shock:

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Re: Spammers

Post by Leatherneck » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:30 pm

doc wrote:this last couple of days, the spam has been abnormally high, yesterday particularly. AdminSteve figured it out. We hadn't changed our signup question and answer list for a while. The spammers figure it out, then they're in. Steve changed the questions. It'll settle down now.

Must have valid email to sign up, but anyone can get a hotmail/gmail address in 2 minutes. The second idea is a good one, I think. 5 posts before posting a link. Will put this in my hip pocket.

It is always a balance between making it easy on legit users and tough on spammers. We do what we can.

doc
Good idea on the post min for a link. Most won't mind as STF is the only important link anyway. Doc you and Adminsteve are doing a great job. Thank you for putting up with us!

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Re: Spammers

Post by Chip Birks » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:26 pm

Nice of the spammer to post in the appropriate topic

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Re: Spammers

Post by H2OSB » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:42 pm

Make it 20 or 25 posts before anyone can post a link. That ought to discourage those idiots. They may be persistent, but that would take a lot of work just to spam some p**n sites.

H2OSB

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Re: Spammers

Post by Chip Birks » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:56 pm

We are getting blasted again.

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Re: Spammers

Post by Chip Birks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:39 am

Looks like the update didnt address spammer access. Is there anything that can be done about it?

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Re: Spammers

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:10 am

It takes some people longer to grow up than others. Just because you get older it doesn't mean you grow up too.

Someday someone is going to screw with them and you will hear some big time sqeeking from them fogetting what jerks they are/were. I've seen it happen so many times....

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