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Spammers beware

Post by Xeno » February 12th, 2016, 7:05 am

Just got over from the UM forum :)

I just want to give a warning (that may have been addressed already)
and just like every new forum, you will probably be overrun with spam very soon, I see it happen to all new forums, and the new UM forum was no exception :)

I hope you have already dealt with possible spammers invasion, and keep a real good eye out, this is something that can ruin a new forum very quickly 8-)
especially the easy way to make an account here ;-)

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 12th, 2016, 1:28 pm

Yes, that's why the forum style and such are largely stock so updates and enhancements can go right in....without worry of breaking mods.

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Meduza » February 14th, 2016, 8:23 pm

Forum style could be quite a lot nicer styled tough with mostly css, without any large risk of breaking with updates :-)

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 14th, 2016, 9:46 pm

I thought about that....but this version of phpBB is new (3.1.x) so most of the themes there are older. I have been monitoring the new approved ones a few times a week.

Of course, if you have suggestions on a particular color or theme...let me know.

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Amedee » February 24th, 2016, 8:12 am

First spammer is in the house :evil:

Can't we you to a more strict registration process?

E.g.
- 'First X posts need to be moderated' -- I appreciate it is a pain for new members to wait for their posts being reviewed, but it is one of the most effective way. Captchas are helpings well, but from my experience are not enough to hold the fort
- Also newly registered users shouldn't be able to send PMs, another plague is people who just register ans start sending SPAM PMS...
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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Xeno » February 24th, 2016, 8:16 am

I really hate to say, I told you so, but ........

And make sure you delete all accounts that were created and have not posted anything, these could be posting spam in the next weeks/months :roll:

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Neotko » February 24th, 2016, 9:07 am

If you want grant some others with powers and we will destroy the spammers :D

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Amedee » February 24th, 2016, 9:13 am

Yes, we are missing somebody with the Force to fight the Dark Side on this side of the ocean ;)
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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 24th, 2016, 9:43 am

Where did we get spammed?

Just starting my day :)

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 24th, 2016, 9:49 am

Ok, the Kenneth user was IP banned and all his posts went down with him

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 24th, 2016, 9:50 am

Looking at ways to tighten things up even more

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 24th, 2016, 9:50 am

Neotko wrote:If you want grant some others with powers and we will destroy the spammers :D
Do you know how to admin phpBB?

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by reibuehl » February 24th, 2016, 9:51 am

As said by the Neotko and Amedee, your follow-the-sun moderation concept needs staff ;-)
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Re: Spammers beware

Post by Neotko » February 24th, 2016, 9:53 am

I have no idea but does it have a button like 'kill user' or 'kill post' or 'unblock newuser post'?

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Re: Spammers beware

Post by LePaul » February 24th, 2016, 10:04 am

Amedee wrote:First spammer is in the house :evil:

Can't we you to a more strict registration process?

E.g.
- 'First X posts need to be moderated' -- I appreciate it is a pain for new members to wait for their posts being reviewed, but it is one of the most effective way. Captchas are helpings well, but from my experience are not enough to hold the fort
- Also newly registered users shouldn't be able to send PMs, another plague is people who just register ans start sending SPAM PMS...
Working on those ideas now

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