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Easy Rider 2
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   Posted 7/29/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Well, it finally happened.
 
Overnight last night, there were  more SPAM messages posted that posts by real users.
Maybe the forum name should be changed to "SpamhavenUSA".
 
THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND WILL ONLY GET WORSE.
It can make the fourm totally unuseable.
 
Owners, admins........HELP PLEASE.
 
 


 
 

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   Posted 7/29/2010 8:54 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Easy Rider 2 said...
Well, it finally happened.
 
Overnight last night, there were  more SPAM messages posted that posts by real users.
Maybe the forum name should be changed to "SpamhavenUSA".
 
THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND WILL ONLY GET WORSE.
It can make the fourm totally unuseable.
 
Owners, admins........HELP PLEASE.
 
 

Unfortunately there isn't much we can do about these spammers. I can ban their email address and make the time between posts longer but that is about it. This forum software is fairly limited when it comes to stopping spammers.
 
I've managed to block off most of the chinese and russian ones but seems like others move in to fill in the gap. shakehead


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Easy Rider 2
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   Posted 7/29/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Rich_S said...
This forum software is fairly limited when it comes to stopping spammers.
I assume that means holding new users in limbo until they are manually verified with a return email is not an option ??? 


 
 

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   Posted 7/29/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Easy Rider 2 said...
Rich_S said...
This forum software is fairly limited when it comes to stopping spammers.
I assume that means holding new users in limbo until they are manually verified with a return email is not an option ??? 

It is possible but from that end all we can see is a user name and an email. Nothing shows that it could be a spammer or legit user. Most are now using a pretty average email addresses and user names. They don't sign up using nikeshoespammer@hotmail.com.


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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Rich_S said...
I can ban their email address and make the time between posts longer but that is about it.


You can only do temp bans?
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Easy Rider 2
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   Posted 7/30/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
thesoapster said...
Rich_S said...
I can ban their email address [OR] make the time between posts longer but that is about it.


You can only do temp bans?
Mis-read.  Maybe OR would have been better. smile
 
Those are 2 different things; not related.


 
 

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   Posted 7/30/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I can do both, but time between posts is a global change not per user. Currently spammer accounts are deleted and their email addresses are banned.


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   Posted 7/30/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
What I don't understand is why they do it. There can't be many people dumb enough to buy something from a spammer, or can there? I'm sure I never would.


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Easy Rider 2
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   Posted 7/30/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Richard47 said...
What I don't understand is why they do it.
There can't be many people dumb enough to buy something from a spammer, or can there?
Yes, there are.
I think you would be amazed at how many.
 
Consider:
By definition, HALF the people in the world are below average.
1 of 4 is a borderline moron.
 
 


 
 

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   Posted 7/30/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I suppose you're right, or they wouldn't bother doing it.


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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

I do not know guys, but I consider myself on the quite dumb side when it  comes to computers, but not a sucker for SPAM.

I work on my own bikes to my own h/guns to some extent, do a lot of reloading of different primers, powder to bullet tip weights AND teach others how to shoot with some accuracy along with the safety we have put into our Club---also teach others how to set up their reloaders & how to reload with ease.



Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.

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Easy Rider 2
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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Rich_S said...
 Currently spammer accounts are deleted and their email addresses are banned.
Do you have a log that shows IP addresses for incoming connections ??
If so, do you then have the ability to block by address ??
 
I help watch a little local board; it has an associated picture gallery where the front end requires manual approval for new "users".  While some spammers are really slick, most are dumb as a rock.  They have been pounding this picture gallery for months; never get approved but keep coming back anyway; I finally got fed up and started banning IPs.  It only took about 10 blocks and the spam totally disappeared.
 
Just a thought.
 


 
 

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Rich_S
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   Posted 8/4/2010 9:36 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Easy Rider 2 said...
Rich_S said...
 Currently spammer accounts are deleted and their email addresses are banned.
Do you have a log that shows IP addresses for incoming connections ??
If so, do you then have the ability to block by address ??
 
I help watch a little local board; it has an associated picture gallery where the front end requires manual approval for new "users".  While some spammers are really slick, most are dumb as a rock.  They have been pounding this picture gallery for months; never get approved but keep coming back anyway; I finally got fed up and started banning IPs.  It only took about 10 blocks and the spam totally disappeared.
 
Just a thought.
 

We do but unfortunately ours doesn't seem to work quite right (likely how the server is set up). So unfortunately that option isn't available, other wise i'd be IP banning these guys. shakehead


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