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Postby Simmy » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:44 pm

I, and I'm sure, most of you, are sick of people posting spam (and in particular censored spam) on this website. Do they not have better things to do than flood a website with crap? We need a delete post button so the first person that reads it can just get rid of it!
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:36 am

Calm down there Simmy. :P We've done as much as we can at the moment, there isn't much more that we can do. Scott and myself are having a discussion at the moment on the best way to get rid of them all together.

Yes I'm sick of them! And as I have said they are usually not real people posting it, they are usually just code floating around the internet doing peoples dirty work.

The moderators are doing their best to delete such posts as fast as possible, there are 15 moderators.

Just ignore the posts, please don't quote it as it makes more work for the moderators (they'll have to edit your post to get rid of the quote).

And I made this topic about the spam as well. Which is here. It explains how you can protect yourself if you did click on one of the links.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:34 am

yeah the spam is pretty bad but its on a lot of forums unfortunately :? i have deleted some each visit to the forum lately so they are getting deleted. if we gave everyone a delete button then we might as well make everyone mods haha.
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Postby Jisgone » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:41 am

On some forums ive been a member of you have to write the admin an e-mail asking to join up i think its a deterrant for spammers, but i guess it could deter normal members too
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:31 am

Jewles wrote:On some forums ive been a member of you have to write the admin an e-mail asking to join up i think its a deterrant for spammers, but i guess it could deter normal members too


Yeah it would. Many many members would be put off. And we have better to avoid spam coming soon. ;)
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Postby Simmy » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:51 am

Sorry Tom, didn't mean to come across as not calm! The mods do a fantastic job, and we're lucky to have all of you! Im not sure what you mean about not quoting them though. As far as I'm aware there was no quote in my post? Unless you meant not to quote them as in I shouldn't have written a post saying spammers were annoying? In any case I apologise! Promise not to cause more work! :)
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:58 pm

yeah he is saying not to mention anything about the spammers....
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Postby KimE » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:42 pm

I can sometimes tell by looking at the topic replies. Usually if a very old post has been picked up 99% of the time it is a spammer. Cool one Tom for taking that up with Scott to see what can be done. You're very good with all this stuff.
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:11 pm

kate_turner2000 wrote:yeah he is saying not to mention anything about the spammers....


Well it depends what you mean there, as in talking in the topic the bot posted in saying "go away bot" would be bad, pressing the quote button on the bots post and saying "dont post that here" would be bad. But making a topic like this about the bots are fine! Its a good topic of discussion.

KimE wrote:I can sometimes tell by looking at the topic replies. Usually if a very old post has been picked up 99% of the time it is a spammer. Cool one Tom for taking that up with Scott to see what can be done. You're very good with all this stuff.


Yeah and they usually post in the same topics anyway, they really like the sports bra topic! I'll tell you what I told Scott, the bots are mainly registering from .info email addresses so if he wants to he can ban registrations from that address. Therefore no bots! (with .info addresses anyway). There are a few other ways but they are extremely complex and hard to explain. :P We even have the image up for registration and you have to click the link in the email. :(

Simmy wrote:The mods do a fantastic job, and we're lucky to have all of you!


So true!
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Postby SarahC » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:40 am

Could you have one of those boxes with the funny letters/numbers in it that you have to type in what they are in order to register... you know the ones?? That could stop automated registrations :?
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:09 pm

That's already in place. :P
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:42 pm

Just to alert the mods and to alert members to be aware.

there appears to be a new trend in spamming in the form of what appears to be a genuine post but with hyperlinks attached to random letters in the post to porn sites etc. An example from today was along the lines of...

"Hi, I am just an flag-waving american that has found themseves stuck in the midle east and looking to get out of here as quickly as I can....blah blah" with porn sites linked to every second letter looking like they had alternated font colours.

If you see one that slipped past our radars, let us know.
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