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Recent forum spams

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by JamesKemp, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. JamesKemp

    JamesKemp Active Member

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    Dear Mods,

    Could you please kindly do something about the recent spew of spam thread/posts? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Wandlewall Well-Known Member

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    Select the poster. Click ‘ignore’. Refresh page. Viola!
     
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  3. JamesKemp

    JamesKemp Active Member

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    Thx. Learnt something new.
     
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  5. Z Killer

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    Definitely... trying to clean up
     
  6. JamesKemp

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  7. Ishtvaan

    Ishtvaan Moderator Staff Member

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    Please be patient. We mods are also simple players like you and have job, family etc. and mostly can't be online 24/7. Plus with the different time zones, for example when they spam it's 9 AM for them, and for forum viewers in the US it's 9 PM, but for mods in Europe like me or ZKiller it's 3 AM ... so it can happen that the spam remains for a bit until we are able to deal with it
     
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  8. JamesKemp

    JamesKemp Active Member

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    Definitely Ishtvaan. My bad, I was under the presumption there were errr protection spam bots (?) - I have zero knowledge on forum management.

    Thank you for your services all mods.
     
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  9. Ishtvaan

    Ishtvaan Moderator Staff Member

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    No probs, but with this new generation of bots it has become harder to prevent spamming. They now copy the first posting (full text) of a random thread and start new threads with it until they have 5+ postings (which bypasses posting rules for new users of most forums) and then start with the spam, so they don't show up as such. And once we ban and block the spammers, their postings become invisible - but only for you users, we mods still see them and have to delete them manually. Just finished deleting about 1.200 spam postings by hand.
     
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    You have big rep from me.
    There should be some tests for logging on forum that u r human, not bot..
     
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  11. Z Killer

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    Oh god, 1200 manually... respect! These infect every sub-topic and category. We can ban their IP, and relax for a while, after they alter their IP...
     
  12. Ishtvaan

    Ishtvaan Moderator Staff Member

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    For statistics (my own recordings):

    Banned users so far: 46
    Deleted spam threads: 12.461
    Number of active robots in the forum at this moment: 19

    Missed lunch breaks so far: 12 :p
     
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  13. Z Killer

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    It is just a pressing of a button, but mods still see this junk (they see everything, !, including your IP). They can't see real content, but everywhere this crap. It must be a simple forum engine, no protection against bots. Thankfully im not a mod anymore...
     
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    I'm not a moderator anymore and I can see another spam attack. Hard to find real content
     
  15. hobbes

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    I just click the spammer profile and click ignore then reload the page.
     
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  16. Ishtvaan

    Ishtvaan Moderator Staff Member

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    ^ This please.

    It has been calm for the last three weeks, guess that period is over.
     
  17. Z Killer

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    This is terrible. Since broke my hand, have a lot of free time. If u concact NeoChi, as moderator I can help you get rid of these. Does he appeared?

    edit: I contacted him, last seen half a year ago :/
     
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  19. Ishtvaan

    Ishtvaan Moderator Staff Member

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    Please note that some of the latest bots use names that sound like real players and initially try using seemingly incoherent words and parts of phrases to start posting and passing by the anti-bot-measures.

    Shortly said, concerning the masses of bots I have to repel every-single-day (for sure passed already the 10.000 - mark) it COULD happen that I accidentially ban a real player who mistakenly behaved like a bot.

    So please people, stay with complete phrases or at least identifiable short sentences, and restrain from sounding like one of them. Once the hammer has fallen, the IP is blocked for as long as this forum might exist.
     
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    So if I start writing in Chinese and advertising colleges then you’ll ban hammer me? LOL
     

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