stopping the spammers

Handruin

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I'm glad you clarified it was a PM vs email. If it was spam through email this would be a much different issue to deal with.
 

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Thanks for taking care of the spammer accounts. Their posts aren't getting moderated in the way I'd expect and I have an idea why that is which means I need to make a few code changes.
 

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Yeah, now it's here too. Maybe it is time to disable new accounts if that is possible.
That's not really necessary. The forum just needs to be set so that no posts from a new, just-registered user will be visible until a moderator blesses them until they pass something like 5 approved posts (and have it actually work).
 

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That's not really necessary. The forum just needs to be set so that no posts from a new, just-registered user will be visible until a moderator blesses them until they pass something like 5 approved posts (and have it actually work).
I don't know how the software works, but maybe we need an Exorcist. :D
 

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That's not really necessary. The forum just needs to be set so that no posts from a new, just-registered user will be visible until a moderator blesses them until they pass something like 5 approved posts (and have it actually work).
It already is set to do this but more specifically with new accounts that make a post containing a URL. Those get automatically moderated until they have a certain amount of non-moderated posts making their account a normal account. There is an issue with how the code processes the URL in their post and only looks for HTTP vs using HTTPS URLs. This is what I need to fix and I'll try to get it done today.
 
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I've gone in and fixed the code which previously only looked for URLs that started with "http" inside of a given post. Now the code checks for all iterations and variations of url formats within a post. Posts containing urls from new user registrations will all be automatically moderated so that you will not see them.
 

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That was the point of the recent change. I can't completely stop random nonsense posts when they have no links in them.
 

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For whatever it's worth there was more than a dozen recently in the mobile section that were auto-moderated so you didn't see them.
 

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That was the point of the recent change. I can't completely stop random nonsense posts when they have no links in them.
I wonder if they're trying a few random posts without links first, and then if they're not "weeded out", they start posting with links.
 

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I wonder if they're trying a few random posts without links first, and then if they're not "weeded out", they start posting with links.
Yup that's definitely a strategy that happens but they have to have a bunch of successful posts before they are allowed to post URLs. It's annoying but these bots/scripts are the remaining 1% that doesn't get caught by all the other mechanisms in place to catch them.
 

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Yup that's definitely a strategy that happens but they have to have a bunch of successful posts before they are allowed to post URLs. It's annoying but these bots/scripts are the remaining 1% that doesn't get caught by all the other mechanisms in place to catch them.
It is working well. The miscreants keep posting, but no links are present. :)
 

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A bunch of spammers signed up recently. Now they use spaces and other characters to avoid the links.
Is there a surplus of iPhones in Malaysia?
 

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Thanks! If you see them, please click the report button (triangle icon under the name/avatar) and I'll get notified to take care of it sooner.
 

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Somehow the spammers got through today and spammed all over the Computer forum with links to Chinese stuff.
 

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I sure hope it wasn't the oxygen concentrator. Who in their right mind would buy any Class III device from a spammer? :eek:
 

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I'll look into setting up more rules to stop spammers from being able to post. Things work differently in this new forum and I need some time work figure it out. The spam filter is actually stopping a lot more that you aren't seeing but some still gets through.
 
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