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Discussion in 'Site News & Important Notices' started by Gareth Burrows, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Gareth Burrows

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    Just spent some time tidying things up. Sorry for the mess.

    G
     
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    Puzzles me what the idiots think they're gaining by doing it!
     
  3. hawk

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    If you need another helping hand as a mod, I'm happy to help out (I admin another forum so know my way round the boards).
     
  4. furryman

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    an income from folk daft enough to click on their links.
    Fully automated spambots so only needs a 0.00000001% response rate to make "straight spam" worthwhile.
    (and in other cases they can use responses to infect other computers with the malware to build more networks of hijacked machines for various nefarious purposes.)
     
  5. Wibble

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    Just wondering if there's a setting in this BBS to force all new members, say who have fewer than 10 postings or newer than 60 days, to be moderated?

    I know it's a bit of a ball-ache to moderate, but it keeps the twats at bay.

    Alternatively is there an option to flag a posting which moves it into the moderation queue?

    T'iternets is very much like diving in a marina: full of cess.
     
  6. minus273degrees

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    we used to have to input a code to stop robots on a forum i moderated was very effective
     
  7. Wibble

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    The issues with "Capcha"s is that these spammers aren't always bots. They're often sweatshops full of humans. The real way (IMHO) is to have a reputation. Those with a low rep should get fewer privileges.

    I know it's not the same thing, but I moderate a LinkedIn forum which was blighted by the spammers. I then turned the moderation up to 11 and it pretty much stopped overnight. My moderation workload increased, but I could easily spot the spammers from genuine posters. Quite frankly anyone who's genuine would -- quite frankly -- have to put up with building a reputation. The spammers get eliminated as it's a numbers game (generally about driving clicks to either a malware site, or getting adverts displayed).
     
  8. minus273degrees

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    and as we speak another pops up...

    the non-bots are the hardest to fight unfortunately, a forum of this size shouldn't be too hard to moderate with a few regular members
     
  9. furryman

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    Raft of spam coming in originating from Pakistani IP addresses: maybe PeterT should implement some (more) geographic blocks?
     
  10. PeterT

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    Done :borg:
     
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  11. hawk

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    Good work :)

    the offer to help out as a mod still stands if you need any help
     
  12. furryman

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    Looks like the guy using the Pakistani telephone network to spam us is getting upset.:geek:

    Prepare for a DDoS attack.

    (and make sure your userIDs/passwords/ etc are updated and protected.)
     
  13. furryman

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    Paging PeterT:
    still getting two or three Pakistani spam posters every day.
    The names are so damned obvious it isn't even necessary to look at the title of the posts, let alone the content.

    Any chance of some more mods (Dom, Hawk?) being appointed?

    And how about a function for mods to see the member list ordered by date of registration - the new spammers could be culled before they even have a chance to post - especially if they are registering from a 182.n.n.n IP!
     
  14. Doomanic

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    I'm happy to stuck my oar in and disrupt the forum, err, I mean moderate in a responsible manner...
     
  15. hawk

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    yeah - wot he said ^^^^
     
  16. Zubar

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    Bloody annoying these spammers, and such crap. As if we need anti wrinkle products!
     
  17. pitdiver

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    I could do with some anti wrinkle cream. But not for my face :eek:
     

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