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Posted by: dz Aug 11 2006, 10:07 PM

Hey guys,

I just wanted to apologize for the influx of spam lately. The whole admin and mod team have been doing a great job of responding to the reports, so keep them coming in.

I'd like to, at some point, implement a captcha system for creating accounts. That should help in greatly reducing the number of fake accounts registered which in turn will reduce the spam. Unfortunately, most of the admin team including myself have been busy with our personal lives.

We still have that account at ibiblio. I still plan on moving us there at some point. Things are ready to be migrated. Just be patient with us and eventually we'll get there smile.gif

Enjoy the forums,

Roy
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Posted by: dougeeebear Aug 12 2006, 03:32 AM

QUOTE(dz @ Aug 12 2006, 12:07 AM)
The whole admin and mod team have been doing a great job of responding to the reports
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Absolutely.
I reported a spam message yesterday, and within a matter of minutes it was deleted.
Great job!!

Posted by: Cresho Aug 12 2006, 11:32 AM

yep..one spammer left over 8 + accross many forums and i reported them all. removed in an appropriate fashion.

I Treat OE FOrums like my daily newspaper. I read "view new posts" religiously.

Posted by: dz Aug 12 2006, 01:23 PM

QUOTE(Cresho @ Aug 12 2006, 02:32 PM)
yep..one spammer left over 8 + accross many forums and i reported them all.  removed in an appropriate fashion.


I remember that guy; job poster? Pain in the ass!

Posted by: dougeeebear Jan 15 2007, 03:54 PM

The spamming has become worse in the past few days.
Now the spammers are uploading their porn pictures directly into their posts.
I think OESF should go back to the old way of admin validation.
Of course I realize it takes personell to oversee validation, but who wants to open up a post and see that kind of stuff (especially the ladies).

Just my 2 cents smile.gif

Posted by: bam Jan 15 2007, 09:01 PM

admin validation would be the only way...but hek what do I know?

Posted by: Tom61 Jan 18 2007, 07:26 PM

The WiiLi boards have an interesting way to take the teeth out of spam: New users cannot post links (or images) if they have been on the forums for less than 7 days and have 10 posts or less. It should be easy to tell a spambot in 10 posts, and you have 7 days before they can post links, even if they cram out 10 posts quickly.

It won't end the testing type spam(to see if they can post with their bot to your forum, i.e. 'newgirl'), but without links and images, the follow up is not so bad.

It does cause some problems with new users (having to PM links or breaking up urls), but the trade-offs should be worth it.

Posted by: Meanie Jan 18 2007, 07:41 PM

QUOTE(Tom61 @ Jan 19 2007, 01:26 PM)
The WiiLi boards have an interesting way to take the teeth out of spam: New users cannot post links (or images) if they have been on the forums for less than 7 days and have 10 posts or less. It should be easy to tell a spambot in 10 posts, and you have 7 days before they can post links, even if they cram out 10 posts quickly.

It won't end the testing type spam(to see if they can post with their bot to your forum, i.e. 'newgirl'), but without links and images, the follow up is not so bad.

It does cause some problems with new users (having to PM links or breaking up urls), but the trade-offs should be worth it.
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I like this idea smile.gif

Posted by: offroadgeek Jan 20 2007, 07:38 PM

I have changed it so that an admin will have to validate all new users until I get the forum software upgraded. Hopefully the newer version will help combat the spam.

The upgrade will happen within the next couple days and will require some downtime.

Posted by: speculatrix Mar 2 2007, 03:34 PM

never mind upgrading, please can we just get things working again!

Posted by: Ling Mar 3 2007, 06:14 PM

second!

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