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Spambots

Posted: June 11th, 2012, 6:41 am
by Nick
I just set up new user registration to require one moderator-approved post before becoming a full member of the site. Spambots are starting to wander in.

Re: Spambots

Posted: June 11th, 2012, 7:35 pm
by web
cool!

Re: Spambots

Posted: June 27th, 2012, 11:11 am
by Nick
So we need to figure this spam thing out

Re: Spambots

Posted: June 27th, 2012, 4:32 pm
by Shawn
Nick wrote:So we need to figure this spam thing out
All registered users now must have ONE approved post before they can begin posting on the forums. Think we need more moderators in order to get these approved in a timely manner?

You would think phpBB would have a feature that e-mails when things are awaiting moderation....but it's not even really easy to add a mod that does this so we just have to check frequently and approve new posts.

Re: Spambots

Posted: June 27th, 2012, 8:15 pm
by web
lets all sing.......spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam

Re: Spambots

Posted: August 20th, 2012, 4:32 pm
by Nick
We must have hit some magic number for post count or traffic or something, spambots have gone nuts the past day or two. At least fifteen today in the Anything Goes section, but I think it's set up so you guys don't have to look at the gibberish.

Re: Spambots

Posted: August 20th, 2012, 4:41 pm
by mulad
Yeah, I haven't noticed anything yet.

Re: Spambots

Posted: August 20th, 2012, 6:25 pm
by ECtransplant
Image

Re: Spambots

Posted: August 31st, 2012, 2:13 pm
by Nick
Whoa this one might be close to becoming self-aware..?

Re: Spambots

Posted: August 31st, 2012, 8:40 pm
by mulad
Yeah, I've seen some almost spooky stuff pop up in the spam bucket for streets.mn. The spammers seem to scoop up comments from all sorts of sites and then try to regurgitate them when they find articles matching certain keywords. The spam comments seem to get chopped up and reassembled in weird ways, though.

Re: Spambots

Posted: January 20th, 2014, 11:37 pm
by Nick
Due to a recent deluge of spambots with Hotmail email addresses and me not being aware of any real person with a Hotmail email address, I blocked them all. For about a month now there's been a huge number of new accounts with email addresses that follow the same adjective/noun/threenumbers@hotmail.com formula. Since I did that earlier today, it seems to have stopped. If there are legitimate posters with Hotmail addresses, let me know.

Re: Spambots

Posted: January 21st, 2014, 1:02 am
by MSPtoMKE
I have a Hotmail address!








...as my spam email account. It was my very first email address from the early days of interneting on Netscape.

Re: Spambots

Posted: January 21st, 2014, 8:47 am
by talindsay
MSPtoMKE wrote:I have a Hotmail address!








...as my spam email account. It was my very first email address from the early days of interneting on Netscape.
Should I point out the irony of identifying a hotmail address with Netscape? Ah, browser wars, would that you would return. Our browsers are getting bloaty.

Re: Spambots

Posted: January 22nd, 2014, 12:34 pm
by trkaiser
MSPtoMKE wrote:I have a Hotmail address!
Me too!