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Bot registrations and Spam

Post by Utini » Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:27 am

I've been trialling this tool on my own PHPBB forum, and it's worked a treat so far:

http://bbantispam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65

This also is rather handy:

http://bbantispam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=39
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Post by SirClive » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:31 pm

I have just set up a forum using the same software as this and the anti spam (enter these numbers) is now a standard option. So is the email to complete registration.

Surely its not hard to upgrade.
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Post by Utini » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:42 pm

SirClive wrote:I have just set up a forum using the same software as this and the anti spam (enter these numbers) is now a standard option. So is the email to complete registration.

Surely its not hard to upgrade.
Watch out for the included Captcha in PHPBB - it's pretty easy to get around.
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Post by SirClive » Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:26 am

what is that?
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Post by Utini » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:21 am

SirClive wrote:what is that?
It's the visual recognition thing - it's called a Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
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Post by andy vaisey » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:34 pm

We're having problems with SPAM on Lemon64 as well.

The problem is nowadays, not bots or scripts signing up and posting, but *real* humans being employed to sign-up, enter email and web addresses and possibly post.

If left unattended, search engine spiders crawl the forums, pick up the SPAM web sites and rank the sites higher in search engines and/or members click on the links providing feedback to the websites. The forums act as referers so more SPAM will get posted because it's an "active" forum.

Or something like that.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:40 pm

Whatever software is made,spammers will find a way round it
It's just a matter of time,and not much at that
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Post by Sabreman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:04 pm

It does seem to be significantly on the increase, and what's more - in off-topic it's actually sometimes hard to differentiate between a genuine member topic and a spam one :(

If it's humans we could have a spam amnesty folder... 'post your unwanted spammy s**t in here'

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Post by Utini » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:26 pm

Sabreman wrote:It does seem to be significantly on the increase, and what's more - in off-topic it's actually sometimes hard to differentiate between a genuine member topic and a spam one :(

If it's humans we could have a spam amnesty folder... 'post your unwanted spammy s**t in here'
Or just block all IP addresses emanating from Russia. that'd do the trick :D
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Post by Sabreman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:14 pm

What's this crap?

http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3196

Are we going to get spam PMs now :?

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Post by woody.cool » Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:53 am

:twisted: If we do, I'll track this piece of sh!t down and rip off his boll_cks :twisted:

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Post by Sabreman » Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:11 pm

Jesus Christ! This 'Sgnopsi' or whatever his name is... I just came from my Dungeon Master forum to here and in both places he's posted the same spam. What are the chances of that?

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Post by Dudley » Sat Dec 23, 2006 5:56 am

Ok, this has now gone too far.

The forum is officially unusable because no-one at Imagine can be bothered to take the slightest anti-spam precautions no matter how many times we not only tell them but point them AT them.

About 90% of threads now end in spam, I've stopped even looking at old bumped threads. On a normal forum it'd be someone I could help, here it's just a porn ad.

It needs fixing.
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Post by SirClive » Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:02 am

It has become a joke now and I am really fed up with the silence from Imagine. People are gonna start leaving the forum if something isn't done soon.

Regulars would be happy to help out the mods in deleting the spam posts, but surely it is simpler to just sort out the registration.

COME ON IMAGINE - ITS TIME TO DO SOMETHING
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Post by Morkin » Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:50 am

The same thing is happening over at the GamesTM Forum & myself & another moderator are spending maybe an hour a day just deleting the porno spam posts. I've had to delete 50 so far this morning. :(

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