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Dealing with the Increase in SPAM


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#1 AndY

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 12:23 PM

Hello,

As some of you have noticed, there's been an increase in spam posts on the community board since the beginning of 2011.


Spam is as much a nuisance to Internet forums as it is to Email accounts. It has always been an issue (hence why you were required to validate a CAPTCHA while registering your account), but until now, it was under control.

Our board's software manufacturer (IPS) is aware of the problem, but has no immediate solution. The IPS team is working to improve their current security and anti-spam services but also mention that Google's reCaptcha service would need to be improved as well.


The privacy and security of our Community members is extremely important to us. Therefore, we will be taking a few steps to increase security on this forum and prevent any new spam bots from getting through:
  • Until further notice, the first two posts from every new account will require moderator approval. Subsequent posts will not. This will not affect any current member with over two (2) posts.
  • Registering members will need to prove they are human by answering a simple Challenge Question (basic math).
  • As always, all members will need to validate their email address when registering (unless they register using their Twitter/Facebook account.. I think).
In addition to the above, only members (who are logged in) will be able to view the member list, user profiles and signatures.

You can also help us deal with this issue by reporting any and all posts you consider to be spam (actual spam), by clicking on the Report button at the bottom-left of every post.


Additional steps may be taken if the above proves to be insufficient.


We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this matter, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Update 2011/11/10: Spam bots seem to have given up. We're in good shape!

Edited by AndY, 10 November 2011 - 09:27 AM.
Added Update.


#2 Raphi123

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:06 PM

I am totally okay with that.
No questions. I understand, and will obey.
regards

#3 Colaman

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:35 PM

Thank you.
By the way, I really like the forum software. It's huge and offers so many possibilities for a mod community.
Thank you for adding that and not just giving us a phpbb...

#4 The Joker

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:01 AM

To be honest, haven't noticed any spam threads.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 03:26 AM

 The Joker, on 18 January 2011 - 02:01 AM, said:

To be honest, haven't noticed any spam threads.
I'm sure they've been deleted by now :p

#6 Quenquent

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 03:03 PM

 WAXT, on 18 January 2011 - 03:26 AM, said:

I'm sure they've been deleted by now :p

And the spam I've see was adds, which doesn't interest players..........

#7 warbrand2

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 08:46 AM

great now i have the spam song stuck in my head for some reason.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:48 PM

Its nice to know that we've got anti-spam, now. Because I've sure-as-hell noticed the spam posts. I wonder how long it will take for spammers to

 warbrand2, on 19 January 2011 - 08:46 AM, said:

great now i have the spam song stuck in my head for some reason.

...spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam SPAMITY-SPAAAM! Spamspamspam...

#9 Jgoodroad

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 01:50 AM

I was thinking of "spam" by weird Al... but the Monty Python version is good too.

#10 AndY

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:31 AM

Update posted above.

#11 Instant Loser

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:38 PM

There are multiple ways to spell the answer to the question I saw.

I read a while back about a technique called "negative captcha." Have you heard of this? Just trying to help.

#12 AndY

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:59 PM

I don't think it would be possible to implement that, at least not easily.

#13 AndY

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:27 AM

Updated the original post. Spam is no longer an issue!





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