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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby vermeer » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:54 am

New update: 22 spamfoes (will it ever stop)

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby vermeer » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:38 am

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby vermeer » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:41 am

Update: 36 spamfoes

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby eddydevries » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:26 am

This user has been deleted several times, but he's started again.

Is there a possiblity to block him??
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Postby vermeer » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:09 am

Update: 58 spamfoes

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

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It should be reminded to local language moderator to keep their own forum clean or ask avij to act.
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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby MDeen » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:32 am

And today from PalPodiaRot

He's been at it since yesterday 19:49. This indicates to me that we need to get more people involved with the spamfighting. Because someone like that should be banned within a few minutes and certainly shouldn't be able to continue spamming for 12 hours.

What version of phpBB is the forum? Is see that 3.0.6 has more spam fighting tools, but also that 3.0.5 has a lot of them. How many are implemented here?

And I've been looking at the new user registrations. In the last 3 days some 200 people have registred, but hardly any have posts. So either they don't post or their spam posts have been deleted. Isn't it an option to put every new user on moderated and see what their first post is? That way you can easily weed out the spammers, and it doesn't take more time than responding to post reports.
That legitimate users then have to wait 12 or 24 hours before their post shows up does not seem a big problem for me. Have there been any legitimate users the last 7 days? I can't find any.

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby Crazy Bob » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:35 pm

This user is sending spammy PMs. See moderator panel for reported PMs; and of course please delete + ban the user.

The corresponding IP adress, 193.25.103.226, is apparently known for spamming.
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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby Crazy Bob » Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:28 pm

I'm a complete n00b when it comes to phpBB, but currently on average between 50 and 100 fake / spam users register each day on our forum. At the moment we have 9336 registered forum users (and counting), and I can only assume that our user list is slowly filling with crap. So far in 2011 alone, we have gone up from user number 5471 to number 9336, which means that an astonishing 3865 users have registered to the forum during the current year. My guess is, that less than one percent of these are real humans who register in order to discuss EBT. I've asked it before, and I'll do it again, isn't it time for more effective measures against spammers?
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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby eddydevries » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:04 pm

MDeen wrote:What version of phpBB is the forum? Is see that 3.0.6 has more spam fighting tools, but also that 3.0.5 has a lot of them. How many are implemented here?

And I've been looking at the new user registrations. In the last 3 days some 200 people have registred, but hardly any have posts. So either they don't post or their spam posts have been deleted. Isn't it an option to put every new user on moderated and see what their first post is? That way you can easily weed out the spammers, and it doesn't take more time than responding to post reports.
That legitimate users then have to wait 12 or 24 hours before their post shows up does not seem a big problem for me. Have there been any legitimate users the last 7 days? I can't find any.

I wonder if it's possible, that if a new user (for example in the first two weeks) wants to post something, it first should be aproved by a moderator, before it's placed. I've been on forums, where even EACH message is checked before it's placed on the forum). This function is already available in the moderationmenu.

Most time "real users" don't have to get answer straight away (they first are looking around). And as soon as a moderator reads his post and approves it, it's readable for everyone (so it's possible, this will happen within an hour).
Once a spammer want to post something, it won't be approved, so he won't see his posts. And even if he'll stay trying, no-one (but the moderators) will read it.

Within this period (in this example 2 weeks, but if necessary this can be a month too) it's obvious which user is a spammer and which are "real users". Than the spammers can get banned, the real users are left and free to post on the forums.
And they're glad too: "Hay, I'm considered more adult now :D ."

You might say: "it's more work to do for the moderators", but that's not so much as it looks.
First: most times the "starters" don't post that many.
Second: deleting spam messages takes work and time, too.
Third: They won't mind spending a bit more work if it's more effective.

What do you think about this?
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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby MDeen » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:24 pm

That is exactly what I'm saying. And I'm sure it will be less work. I'm having a hard time finding a legitimate user between all the spamusers. I'm sure there are more spam messages than normal messages from new users.
And once a user posts a normal message you remove his moderated status.

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Re: What to do if you see a spam message on EBTF

Postby Nerzhul » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:38 pm

I think what we really need is one or two active, capable forum admins. The existing admins are all inactive (Craco, HNL), not interested (avij) or unable to actually administrate the forum (me).

So if anybody is interested and able to help, let me know.
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