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#1 2013-12-09 09:15:03

BinaryPony
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Spam problem on forums

I've noticed that Spam accounts are being set up. Is there a measure we can add to stop this?


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#2 2013-12-09 16:26:51

Elthari
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Re: Spam problem on forums

I already changed registration to avoid them flooding this forum.
Currently there are no new spam accounts registering here, all that continue to spam are old sleeper agents. Probably I should revisit the user list and make a cleaning session for the Great Justice.

P.S. I almost tried to delete this topic too, before I realized that this is the first legitimate message in the flood subforum.

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#3 2013-12-13 18:38:17

BinaryPony
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Re: Spam problem on forums

I just didn't know where to put this, so I just plopped it here, that's all!
Update: Spam account created... looks like it isn't working yet...

Last edited by BinaryPony (2013-12-16 00:13:56)


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#4 2013-12-20 14:45:40

Elthari
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Re: Spam problem on forums

These are other bots actually. At least their quantity is bearable, they do not add a dozen of new users every time I am not looking at the forum.

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#5 2013-12-28 00:27:01

BinaryPony
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Re: Spam problem on forums

If you'd like, I would love to help kill spam. I can keep the forums clean while you focus on abandoning us for season 4-- I mean, do research. wink


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#6 2014-01-02 16:58:31

Skezh
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Its ok, it takes a couple of minutes in a day or two and reminds us to check on the forum. Thanks for the suggestion!

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#7 2014-01-09 14:33:51

Elthari
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Well, you are very welcome to do so!

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#8 2014-03-18 00:05:37

BinaryPony
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Mother of Celestia... A bunch of spam just appeared... some of which dormant, others that were created within a day.


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#9 2014-03-18 12:46:29

Elthari
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Trying to clear in for the Great Faust!

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#10 2014-03-21 18:33:26

BinaryPony
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Re: Spam problem on forums

I want to be more proactie by automatically banning any account that doesn't have a real username, but I'm afraid I might ban someone legit by accident, what should I do?


As you lose consciousness,  changelings sing "You are dead! Dead! Dead! You are dead! Dead! Dead!"
Check me out on Braingle, and enjoy awesome brain teasers!

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#11 2014-03-21 23:30:54

Skezh
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Hm... we're working on tools to better recognize and filter the bots, if you have ideas - it will be great. But banning them before they have a chance to post only according to usernames can accidentally ban a living person, so no for now. How many bots do you here encounter per day?

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#12 2014-03-22 00:16:51

BinaryPony
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Re: Spam problem on forums

It varies, sometimes it's one, sometimes it's a mass posting.


As you lose consciousness,  changelings sing "You are dead! Dead! Dead! You are dead! Dead! Dead!"
Check me out on Braingle, and enjoy awesome brain teasers!

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#13 2014-05-09 02:27:44

Pheonid
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Re: Spam problem on forums

There's been a new wave of bots, I'm reporting what I find, hope it helps

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#14 2014-05-09 19:44:06

Skezh
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Re: Spam problem on forums

Thanks! We'll clear the bots and find a way to improve the registration procedure after some time, but for now we're doing what we can to keep this place clean.

No need to bother to report, we're clearing tens of them every day anyways.

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