Forum spam management?

Discussion in 'Ask EvilDragon Questions' started by Wally, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. FaeMinx

    FaeMinx Rainbow Liberation Instigation

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    Inconceivable!

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  2. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    But the gestation is often two months++
     
  3. PowerGod

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    They are able to put full addresses in POLL titles
     
  4. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Yes, but they're not clickable. I'm not sure what that gets them to be honest. Maybe even non links help google ratings.
     
  5. Klumpen

    Klumpen Run away! Run away!

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    Maybe the spambots have developed their own consciousness and we are witnessing the birth of Skynet in a different way than anticipated.
     
  6. ClockworkCoder

    ClockworkCoder Chaotic Neutral

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  7. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    Just a thought, but a system I've seen used very effectively elsewhere, is to make it so that every user's first message must be approved by a moderator. Once a user has posted a non-spam message they are allowed to post directly.

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  8. Askarus

    Askarus Hardcore Member

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    Or the other way round:
    AR is required to for many things and you'll get spam everywhere you walk and use AR.
     
  9. ClockworkCoder

    ClockworkCoder Chaotic Neutral

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    I just had a thought on this. Bit late I know.

    But, in addition, of users' posts are not visible to the general public, just logged-in members, until they were verified (perhaps by a reply), then would that also block any potential benefit from attempting to spam?

    Having said that, there does seem a little less spam lately, that I've noticed...
     
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  10. Wally

    Wally I am a banana! Staff Member

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    Nah we're just tackling it quicker.
     
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  11. rygD

    rygD Nihilistic Mystic

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    I have been trying to check a little more often during peak spam hours, and kill then before I read new posts. If that is helping out I will try to keep it up.
     
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  12. WizardStan

    WizardStan Mega GP Mania

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    In addition to the "no URL in your first post", is there a "no poll as your first post" rule that can be put in place? That'd probably take care of a lot of them, too. And "no URL in your profile" would kill a few more.
     
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  13. Caine

    Caine Hardcore Member

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    Maybe we should hide first posts and forbid further posts until given approval by moderators.
     
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  14. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Yes, that would capture the few that I've seen in the past few months while you mods have been temporarily away I guess. They either had:
    - URL in title of post
    - URL in body of post
    - URL in poll question
    - URL in profile homepage
    - URL in profile location
    - URL in profile status

    URL in profile homepage is pretty much what it's designed for though, so that'd be tricky to automate.

    Whenever it did prevent anyone from changing their profile or posting a spam thread, it should clearly tell them what test they've failed. That will give spammers an idea how to circumvent those protections, but I'd consider it essential for any newbies accidentally caught up in these protections. Security throught obscurity is always less than ideal, at least in security algorithms (my passwords are only ever protected by being obscure).
     
  15. rygD

    rygD Nihilistic Mystic

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    It could just say username or post it unavailable or not permitted. No need to explain why.

    I wish we could keep out everyone with 19 in their name.
     
  16. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    It could so, but I'm arguing that that's a bad idea; it will likely frustrate genuinely new registrations from time to time, and the more we can minimise that frustration the better, even if it gives spammers a clue of what we're doing and therefore they can think of a way around it.
     
  17. Wally

    Wally I am a banana! Staff Member

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    Like we have time anymore.. We will need a bunch more moderators otherwise we'd be tempted to just flag every jdtay / klapse / SONY post as spam
     
  18. JDTAY

    JDTAY Half Pepperoni, All Cheese

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    I heard that.

    Not that Wally even cares. :(
     
  19. Wally

    Wally I am a banana! Staff Member

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    I do m8, you just need to start responding positively instead of sticking to your negative trends.
     
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