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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 6:09:33 PM

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Looking at the timestamps of dera's spam posts in S&T this night,
could it be possible to increase the posting interval limit for newbies?
Dera have posted again in less than 30 seconds.

(How do I recall there was a 60 seconds limit for all?)


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excaelis
Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 6:45:09 PM

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Kind of ironic that Science and Technology got whacked so heavily.

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srirr
Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 12:27:51 AM

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JJ, I don't recall any limitation or restriction on posting intervals. Was there any? I myself remember posting in quick succession through different tabs. I have never faced any issue in TFD regarding this, which I can feel in other forums.

I however feel that there should be a restriction.


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blue2
Posted: Saturday, July 9, 2011 7:03:35 AM

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I recall having been made to wait a few seconds before I could post again. That was in games.

"Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away." - Sophocles
Klaas V
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:22:24 AM

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Attention, moderators

euif7da8g just posted nothing but 5 spam messages, marked them all

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
Maximilian
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:01:22 AM
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Talking about spammers, today I received a porn site spam on my messenger and I'm wondering if it is possible that this certain person got my e-mail address from here (it hadn't happened before on messenger until I registered here). I suppose e-mail addresses are for internal use only, but I'm asking because I haven't found an option to make my e-mail address either public or private, and I'd like to know if there's a way to make sure that these fine people won't easily see our e-mail addresses.

Back to the topic, yesterday I reported a person who posted 10 spams. I see it's happening quite frequently.
Regards!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 8:10:40 AM

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Maximilian,
I know something about hacking because I work in computer and networks security,
but have no idea how to get your e-mail address legally without asking you in a PM.
Would not like to try hacking your profile here, or to run a simple scanner tool overnight to mine all the files in this web server for text strings looking like e-mail addresses. The admins could take that quite seriously ;-)
A true hacker/spammer, of course, would have no inhibition on doing so and no honour and reputation to lose.


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Maximilian
Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2011 5:34:15 PM
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I've been having the crazy idea that on some forums an admin may also be a double agent
Just kidding, I haven't had further spams after that one I mentioned.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:55:33 PM

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Could it be possible to alter this forum system so that the spammer would get a notice message whenever someone marks his post as a spam?

Some spammers might stop when seeing their actions are noticed.


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srirr
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 1:37:28 AM

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JJ, here I have a difference of opinion. Sending a notice message is of no use.

If the spammer is a bot, it does not matter at all. The notice messages will not be received at the other end.

If it is a manual advertiser, it will understand that its previous posts have been deteced and perhaps deleted. It will creat a new ID and will post with more precaution, may be with some text on the basis of which it may get a benefit of doubt.


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jeans&sneakers
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 8:06:34 AM

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I wish when I hit the "mark as spam" button, I wouldn't see any of the poster's messages or posts. Pray

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
antonio
Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:43:19 AM

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there are lots of spammers nowadays. we can't I guess prevent it

You can do anything, but not everything. —David Allen
Klaas V
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 3:37:25 AM

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Again a Chinese seller active - Three posts all SPAM - her/his username is fdsa - Moderator informed as well

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
blue2
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 6:49:22 AM

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jeans&sneakers wrote:
I wish when I hit the "mark as spam" button, I wouldn't see any of the poster's messages or posts. Pray


I've been lucky that way a few times. It's cool to see it happen. It's definitely a yeeesssss! moment.

"Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away." - Sophocles
Klaas V
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:36:21 AM

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The problem is time zones. As far as I noticed most spammers are active when the moderators (all in USA) are sleeping. Always PM a moderator as well about your 'Mark as Spam' hit.

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
kitten
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:23:10 PM

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Somebody please tell me how one person spamming can have over 900 views and still be active. I know I pushed the button and there he sits pretty as you please.Eh? Think

Brick wall Brick wall Rant over......off for aspirin hitting head and not standing on box.....again.


>^,,^<


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:27:24 PM

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Kitten,
only advanced members have the spam button (not sure if the members have it too in newbies' posts).
Many times I have a look at the site statistics I can see few registered members and 100-200 visitors.
(Edit: right now 3 members and 122 guests.)

I wonder why Latin forum in Other Languages has been spammers' target for several days?


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srirr
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 5:23:54 AM

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In addition to JJ's post, an advanced member can click the spam button only once effectively. The subsequent clicks won't affect the status of the spammer. On the other hand, every time any member (guest, newbie or advanced) visits a thread, the number of views increases. Thus, if I (and only I) view a thread with spammer's post 20 times and mark it as spam, the view-counter will show 20, however the spam-counter will read only one.



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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:34:07 PM

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We have seen a lot of spams last weeks,
many of them look like coming from a single or two or three spammers.
Is there any possibility to ban the IP's of those scumbags?


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IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 2:27:00 PM

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I have a sore index finger from clicking the spam button today.

I don't really understand why admin doesn't do anything.

ADMINS! Labor Day is over!

Daemon, do your job, please.


I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
GoldmanM
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:06:16 PM

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We definitely understand your frustration. Believe me, we are frustrated too. Today alone, we have blocked the accounts and deleted the posts of at least 40 spammers, and in the time it took me to get rid of the most recent batch, two more popped up and actually posted to this thread! We do have many measures in place to block spam, but we will not elaborate lest the spammers read this and figure out new ways to worm around them. Still, the spammers are persistent and invariably manage to find ways around these measures. Please know that we are not simply resting on our laurels. We are constantly modifying our spam-fighting measures to thwart new attacks and are working hard every day to keep these forums spam-free for you.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:23:14 PM

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Thank you GoldmanM. I know you are doing your best for this oasis of all forums.
This really is frustrating sometimes. I bet I have pushed the spam button more than submit here.

Please, try that IP ban. If the spammer had posted from a library or netcafé PC someone will sure contact you, otherwise you have caulked a hole.

There is also the possibility to trace the IP and inform the service provider.


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IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:45:57 PM

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Thank you, too, Michal. Applause
I hope you don't take this personally,
but that last batch was just too annoying. Brick wall

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
GoldmanM
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 3:52:40 PM

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IMcRout wrote:
Thank you, too, Michal. =d>
I hope you don't take this personally,
but that last batch was just too annoying. Brick wall


Certainly not. We understand and are just as annoyed as the users!
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 3:04:38 AM

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NOT AGAIN!

Doesn't anybody have a nice virus we could send to those spammers?

I'm not normally a violent person, but ...

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 3:37:41 AM

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Wow! That was quick! THANK YOU, DAEMON (and all your helpers).

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
HWNN1961
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 9:09:33 PM

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I clicked the spam button so many times I was being flagged for "spidering" the website, and had to type in a code to resume access...but, it feels so good to send those sleazeballs packing....

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
almostfreebird
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 9:23:14 PM

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Do spammers get paid by spamming?

srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:47:57 AM

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Yes. They do get paid. It is advertising. If someone hits the link or visits the website, their work is done.


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
Ray41
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:21:56 AM

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nacy123 has somehow managed to get 13 spam posts and earn himself 39 points, all done in a period of less than an hour.
If these parasites could use their hacking skills in an honest job they would do quite well.
They must have a registered email address to get on the site.
It would be nice if admin could sent them a present, in the form of a 'virus'.

While I live I grow.
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:47:38 AM

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I have the feeling that tonersupermart is surreptitiously trying to worm his way into the forums in order to sell his products.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
srirr
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:03:27 AM

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You are ccorrect IMcR.


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:16:00 PM

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HWNN1961 wrote:
I clicked the spam button so many times I was being flagged for "spidering" the website, and had to type in a code to resume access...but, it feels so good to send those sleazeballs packing....




' Spidering '?

I used to get irritated by the spammers, but now I'm taking the Zen approach and allowing ' The Universe ' ( Mich, norlen, Daemon [ when Mrs. D lets him out to play ] ) et al deal with it. I am the willow...

Sanity is not statistical
HWNN1961
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:40:36 PM

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excaelis wrote:
HWNN1961 wrote:
I clicked the spam button so many times I was being flagged for "spidering" the website, and had to type in a code to resume access...but, it feels so good to send those sleazeballs packing....




' Spidering '?

I used to get irritated by the spammers, but now I'm taking the Zen approach and allowing ' The Universe ' ( Mich, norlen, Daemon [ when Mrs. D lets him out to play ] ) et al deal with it. I am the willow...



Daemon's term, not mine, Ex. I guess it has something to do with me working my way systematically down a list of spam posts and methodically marking them as spam over and over again. It happened again just a few minutes ago.

I don't let it bother me. In fact, if anything, it is catharsis for a lifetime of having to endure a deluge of ads that would insult the intelligence of a cabbage!

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong". (Knight's Oath, Kingdom of Heaven)
leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 8:46:45 PM

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Admins please take note:

At this point I believe it is safe to assume that any message having the phrase "Full Video" in its body is spam.

It should not be difficult to construct a regular expression that detects any such message, triggering a script to automatically delete it and immediately ban any account from which such messages are posted more than twice.

"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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