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Leonardo
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Re: spam

Post by Leonardo » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:54 pm

BuZz really don't know... today the spam is not too much... but tomorrow? I saw Forums where the spam became terrible and the cleanup job was really hard!
I agree with you: people wants to subscribe and post but if someone is really interested in joining the community, will have the patience to wait for some hour? This is always IMHO!!!

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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:24 pm

We stop most spam registrations automatically - already running anti spam tool that uses 5 dns blacklists + stop forum spam api, as well as some addition signup forum checks. We also have captcha + email verification. It's under control :) If spam gets significantly worse, I will look at new options, as I did before, but it isn't an issue for the forum right now imho. I don't want to have to manually verify users.

it's probably worth mentioning, this server has 2 other phpbb installs, 3 wikis, and a wordpress setup, which I manage so in terms of if spam increased, apart from the automated measures already running (which can be tweaked), I prefer to go the route of more moderators to help, rather than more work for myself :)

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Re: spam

Post by hawsey » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:48 pm

Agreed BuZz,
I recently tried to join Homeseer forum and what a carry on it was to join, I almost gave up. Also every message is vetted so there is no momentum to threads.
I much prefer this way.
They are quite funny too as long as there aren't too many. :smile:
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Re: spam

Post by pete » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:54 pm

Wow; someone is hitting every topic today here.

Spam is really bad today.

I don't mind volunteering as a moderator.
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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:08 pm

pete_c wrote:Wow; someone is hitting every topic today here.

Spam is really bad today.

I don't mind volunteering as a moderator.
Just one spammer though, with lots of posts, so only looks like a lot visually. I have added you as a moderator. However only admins can use the "delete user and report spammer" functionality, so you will be limited to banning their username and deleting their posts.

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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:00 pm

I've just noticed that the registration Q/A captcha isn't active. I think the later spam filter module took over the signup page, so it will help if I get the captcha back in addition. Will look into this.

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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:05 pm

Actually it looks like either I disabled it, or it needed re-enabling after install . So that should reduce spam registrations somewhat more, although the spamlist checks on their own were doing a pretty good job (if you look at the number of entries in the block log - 250,000+)

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Re: spam

Post by pete » Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:06 pm

Thank-you Buzz.

Yeah its looking well today!
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Re: spam

Post by Leonardo » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:09 am

uhm, I think spammers are not very smart... how do you think a spam will work if you write in Russian in a UK site?!?!?!
They are just bugging but they will not have any benefit for doing this... strange people...

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Re: spam

Post by acesabe » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:41 pm

Yeah, well it's not us the spammers are after, but the web search engine spiders that crawl the site. any links to their website help them get better search result listings...A load more spam posts this eve, things need to be tightened up a bit if we are to keep them out. If any site help needed, I can offer my forum mod experience...

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Re: spam

Post by Leonardo » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:01 am

I don't remember, do we have a "captcha" on this forum for registering new users? This should be enough to stop spiders and robots!

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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:36 am

we do, but it's not enough to stop all. All the Spam we have uses human captcha solvers etc. They also validate the email addresses, and manage to get past the multiple ip blocklists that are used.

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Re: spam

Post by dwl99 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:47 am

Can we block posts made in Cyrillic script?

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Re: spam

Post by BuZz » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:52 pm

it would be more time than to delete the spam. Just flag it and ignore it :)

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Re: spam

Post by dwl99 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:32 am

I see Kitchen boy is back again. Can anyone come up with an imaginative way of putting him off posting?

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Re: spam

Post by roobarb! » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:12 am

dwl99 wrote:I see Kitchen boy is back again. Can anyone come up with an imaginative way of putting him off posting?
I run another forum and kitchen spam is all I get there too. Weird.
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Re: spam

Post by hawsey » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:21 pm

Maybee if we all club together and buy a kitchen off him 8-),then he will leave us alone do you think that would work .
Hmmmm OK maybe not then ....
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Re: spam

Post by JimbobVFR400 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:43 pm

I just don't understand the point unless its some sort of SEO trickery. Even if I was looking for a kitchen in the area I wouldn't use that company as a matter of principle now, same goes for any spam TBH

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Re: spam

Post by pete » Sat May 10, 2014 8:58 pm

Maybee if we all kitchen together and buy a club off him 8-),then he will leave us alone do you think that would work .


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Re: spam

Post by JimbobVFR400 » Sun May 11, 2014 8:25 pm

Maybee if we all kitchen together and club him 8-),then he will leave us alone do you think that would work .

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