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Post by FatTrucker » Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:54 pm

learnedrobb wrote:
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and delete spam postings instead of ignoring them

Yeah, 'cause that's exactly what we're doing—ignoring them. No, wait—the other one.
Well, given the build up (and the fact that some seem to be lingering around for ages) it does appear at the moment like they are being ignored.
Only if you're an admin. If you're a mod on PHPBB, like me, you have to access a user's profile, locate each individual post and then delete each post.
Not true. The admin can set the board permissions so that any MOD can delete posts/threads directly from the forum. If you cant then the admin has only allowed limited modding powers.
I would say that the fact the Spambots are suddenly everywhere, and only since most of the mods and admins finished for the holidays is a fair indication of just how many they have been clearing daily behind the scenes.
Lets just all concentrate on getting pissed and worry about it in 2007.
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Post by SirClive » Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:04 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Stop moaning everyone, we're deleting a ridiculous amount of spam, but more keeps coming.

I'll be getting this taken care of when we're back at work. Unfortunately, our IT bod has been busy with a hundered and one other jobs as well, it's that time of year unforunately.

It will be sorted when we're back at work.
Its nice to hear that there are plans to sort it, but we have been asking for that for months so its a bit rich to tell us to stop moaning.
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Post by markopoloman » Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:44 pm

Good to hear it'll be sorted - Just been over to RP forum (who have had the same problem) and they have just started using the old letter identification type thingamybob gubbins for all new users. Took the bossman a few mins to activate!

Roll on SpamBusters........

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Post by Dudley » Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:45 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:
Dudley wrote:And well there's another thing, certainly in vb, probably phpbb deleteing a user and EVERY POST THEY EVER MADE is a 1 click job.
Only if you're an admin. If you're a mod on PHPBB, like me, you have to access a user's profile, locate each individual post and then delete each post.

And, learnedrobb, the moderators are doing something about the bloody spam—however, we can only delete posts and threads. It's at the registration end that things need sorting.
and delete spam postings instead of ignoring them
Yeah, 'cause that's exactly what we're doing—ignoring them. No, wait—the other one.

Nuts to it for the next week or so—I've got better things to do than delete threads and posts.

Merry Christmas, all, and see you in 2007!
Yes, once again Craig don't think for one moment you're the target of anyone here who's paying the slightest attention. I'm well aware of the difference between mod and admin.

You should be an admin, no question but you're right, that's treating the problem not the cause. The cause is a lack of the very basic registration security.
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Post by Sureshot » Mon Dec 25, 2006 10:20 am

Nice to see they're working hard over xmas...

P.S., I, too, would be happy to help out with deleting any spam posts over this period.

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Post by felgekarp » Mon Dec 25, 2006 11:20 am

Have the mods really been clearing out this much spam or has it just gone crazy recently?
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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:04 pm

If there'd been this much before you'd see it before they get round to clearing it up, it's just gotten spectactularly mental lately.
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Dec 25, 2006 1:59 pm

just spent an hour delketing spam :(

must be a better way of spending christmas day ;)
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Post by Dudley » Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:13 pm

It should not be the job of the editorial team to do that and to be honest you might as well bother. One person just isn't going to make a dent on this volume of spam. It needs to be done at the account level.
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Post by will2097 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:40 pm

I was really getting annoyed with them so I thought I might have some fun with the IP address at the other end so to speak. I wanted to see how much damage I could do. But they don't resolve. The links the spammers are posting don't go anywhere - they don't work? I don't get it...? What is the point?

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Post by Dudley » Mon Dec 25, 2006 5:52 pm

will2097 wrote:I was really getting annoyed with them so I thought I might have some fun with the IP address at the other end so to speak. I wanted to see how much damage I could do. But they don't resolve. The links the spammers are posting don't go anywhere - they don't work? I don't get it...? What is the point?
They did when they posted them, these kind of links, usually phishing ones rarely last long.
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Post by Dudley » Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:01 pm

Actually while I think about it another way to cut down on the sheer number of posts would be to increase the spam timeout that prevents you making two posts too quickly to at least a full minute from what appears to be as little as 15 seconds at present.
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Post by Morkin » Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:38 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote: I'll be getting this taken care of when we're back at work. Unfortunately, our IT bod has been busy with a hundered and one other jobs as well, it's that time of year unforunately.

It will be sorted when we're back at work.
Hi Darran - Will this include the GamesTM forum as well ? I've just logged on this morning & there's another 150+ spam posts on the GTM forum & myself & Hendo can't keep up with it. We've both spent close to 5 hours over the last few days deleting stuff & it just keeps coming. It's like fighting a forest fire with a cup of water. :(

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The total is now 257 porno/spam posts. :(

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Post by Madge » Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:39 pm

The pornspamming isn't so bad really. It deters me from visiting the forum from my office, so I occasionally do some work instead.
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Post by SirClive » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:23 am

24th December 06
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Stop moaning everyone, we're deleting a ridiculous amount of spam, but more keeps coming.

I'll be getting this taken care of when we're back at work. Unfortunately, our IT bod has been busy with a hundered and one other jobs as well, it's that time of year unforunately.

It will be sorted when we're back at work.
Sorry to quote you again Darran, but when are we going to see this improvement?

Having recently had to read up on Denial Of Service Attacks and PC Takeovers for work, I am even more concerned about all the spam that is on here (previously it was just the inconvenience).
It would be nice for an update, a fix or a real commitment to sort it.
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