Attack of the Spam Bots!

Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by ryodoan, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. laghlagh

    laghlagh L6: Sharp Member

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    Having a tf2 (mapping) related question could help sorting out human spammers from instantrunescapegold.info. Maybe.

    You make maps inwhat program?

    What is the soldiers meelee weapon?
     
  2. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    If it was a mapping related question.... I would probably fail it... :rolleyes:
     
  3. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    shovel/spade/trenching tool = bad question

    this too
     
  4. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Or perhaps a compulsary introduction post in the.. introduction area; to confirm ones humanity? So a mod can see and allow them access to the rest of the forums and says hi to said user?

    I'm not sure how much work that would be, introductions normally get handled by one mod and a few members.
     
  5. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Can i be the first one to point out the irony behind that last post..
     
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  6. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    I was going to do that Grazr :(
     
  7. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    I have to admit that made me chuckle... I thought it was one of the users playing a joke at first.
     
  8. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    So did i.. Ha ha.

    I pm'd pepper about it as i saw none of the mods had viewed their used page. But i guess you got their first :p
     
  9. Invictus

    Invictus L1: Registered

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    I think asking the admins to thoroughly vet all new users is a bit much, but maybe there's a way to trim down the number of new users that need to be checked. Set something up so that a user's first post must be a new thread in the introductory forum. If this first post meets certain criteria -- it's short, or it has a web address -- the user is flagged and an alert email is sent to the admins.

    Flagged users have the same privileges as regular users; the flag just tells admins that they had a suspicious initial post. After the admin has checked the user, they can unflag them. Nothing would change for users, but the admins would be able to focus their efforts on more likely spammers.
     
  10. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Well, it seems that the flood of spammers has decreased drastically since this thread was created.

    I have been rather lax in reading new threads on the forums lately (to many personal projects) but I am only getting 1-2 "Reported Post" emails a week in my inbox now, compared to the 5+ a day when this all started.

    I dont know if DrPepper changed any anti-spam settings, if the spammers have given up, the posts are not being reported, moderators are finding / deleting more before they are reported, or what, but it would seem to me that the flood has diminished to a trickle.
     
  11. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    *open mouth* *Insert foot*

    14 reported spam messages today alone... :crying:

    Keep up the good work people, we could not keep this forum clean without you guys.
     
  12. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Well currently we're getting approximately one new active user a week, if that, with the predictable boost on any national holidays; so i really don't see the problem. As i said, each introductary post by any user usually gets a welcome from atleast one mod anyway. So it's not like they're having to thoroughly seive through posts purposefully 'veting' people. If they're gonna take the time to point out helpful links, forward them to particular threads and the steam chatroom, checking a flag that allows them to post in the extended forum (everything other than the introduction area) is something i doubt would bother them all that much.

    It may just be awkward if all mods end up preoccupied for any lengthy period of time.
     
  13. Adam/SKyRIDE

    Adam/SKyRIDE L1: Registered

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    Theres plenty of anti-bot software for vBulletin is there not? Certainly more than enough for phpBB anyway.
     
  14. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Well, the spam has greatly diminished since this was originally posted. I would say at most we get 1-2 spam posts a week, whereas when this was posted we were getting 5-10 a day.

    Then again, I am taking these statistics out of the number of "Reported Posts" I get in my inbox, so if other moderators are just deleting / banning the spammers before anyone else reports it, then my numbers may be a bit off.

    However, I think that either DrPepper changed something with the registration process, or the spammers have mostly given up.