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The forums are being hit by spammers :(

  • # September 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I’ve seen 3 spammer posts, and I’ve been looking for like 3 minutes.

    # September 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

    We’re working on it, I promise!

    It’s hard to make the forums as accessible to people as possible, while still fighting spammers. In a lot of cases the spammers here aren’t bots, they are people. It’s impossible to fight against something like that. But, their IP does get banned at least!

    # September 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Yeah, I’m not trying to blame you guys, I just wanted to notify. I know all too well what kinds of spammers are out there haha… I played World of Warcraft for like 4 years… Jesus. The gold farmers were RIDICULOUS. They would be spamming and whispering people all of the time. You can report them but, but it was pointless because more would just keep coming… I can’t wrap my head around how that kind of business is profitable… I mean you got warehouses of people sitting around filling out captchas and shit hoping one of the websites they post on doesn’t get deleted? And to what, make $2 for that day?

    # September 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Actually, they make tons of money. You’d be surprised how many people buy gold.

    # September 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

    True.

    # September 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Spammers and trolls; the bane of a good forum.

    I’m not sure how the phpBB mod panel is set up, and honestly haven’t tried this on my own forums yet, but why couldn’t one simply ban blacklisted IPs? There are several sites out there that list common spammer IPs. Of course, I fully realize the pain in the arse that is IP banning, but in some cases it’s worth the chances of a little less traffic. Just sort of thinking out loud here.

    # September 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Has Chris tried integrating Askimet into the forums?

    # September 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    We’re fighting the good fight and doing the best we can. I’d say overall it’s going pretty well. Every bit of spam is blacklisted by IP forever, so that definitely helps over time. People can’t sign up unless they do a captcha AND click a link in an email, so it’s gotta be real humans doing most of it.

    Since the upgrade, there have been 12,000 (!) attempted spam accounts, and only a handful get through, so I think we’re doing a pretty decent job. If people ever catch a nasty one, you can always email me directly at chriscoyier@gmail.com and I’ll go zap it right away.

    # September 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    How is the report feature set up? (the little ! triangle on each post) I didn’t think about using that lol. Do you have it so when someone reports a post, it emails you, or do you have to check the forums? That might be an easy way for everyone, because I’m sure it would have the link to the post in the email and everything so it would be easy to get to.

    Rob
    # September 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    yea if you could use that it really helps – as it just gives us an easy way of spotting it… most spam is a new topic – but sometimes they are sneaky :)

    # September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm
    "chriscoyier" wrote:
    Since the upgrade, there have been 12,000 (!) attempted spam accounts, and only a handful get through, so I think we’re doing a pretty decent job. If people ever catch a nasty one, you can always email me directly at chriscoyier@gmail.com and I’ll go zap it right away.

    I don’t mean to nag or anything, but I’m serious about the Askimet integration. It could nearly eliminate your spam problems. Anything I create, anymore, that has the ability to be commented on has some sort of askimet integration. The service is just wonderful.

    Rob
    # September 18, 2009 at 5:20 am

    it does really work well with WordPress – I will have a look at that Matt. :)

    # September 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    So will I, for my own forums! I didn’t know Akismet could be integrated into forums.

    # September 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm
    "Indubitable Turtle" wrote:
    So will I, for my own forums! I didn’t know Akismet could be integrated into forums.

    It can be integrated into just about anything. If somebody is spamming your toaster, give Askimet all the information you can and they’ll inform you if it’s spam. Just remember to put in Ham options just in case what it trashed isn’t really Spam. This helps make Askimet an even better service.

    Rob
    # September 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Just to update you lot – Chris and myself did a little digging today and although sparse there were some options. Tried one of the more promising ones and it broke the registration… the quest continues!!

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