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Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
A spammer post removed I assume, otherwise you are being really unkind to Kits.
 

PeeJay

Top Member
Yup. Was spam. Of the new variety which reads like a blog but curiously has shopping links scattered throughout.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
Hardly a new type, they have been popping up for years.

Some of the spammers work really diligently, a couple of times recently I have logged in and found dozens of spam posts have been made by a single new member, one spammer even managed to reach "Senior Member" before he got banned!!!!

They have obviously found a way around the registration system and dont mind waiting 40 seconds between posts, although that "Senior Member" seemed to have found a way around that as well - according to the post times.

Time for Mark to have another re-think.
 

timeless

ULTIMATE Member
Staff member
Volunteer Mod
personally l have suggestions but the registration would get tedious if implemented.. the forums l run get no spammers at all (touch wood) because both the email address and the account itself has to be verified and l know of no bots that can go through two types of verification.
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
It's a constant war and you'll never 100% stop everything, at least not without making the site too difficult to register for and even then they will adapt.

Anyway I'm currently doing our primary quarterly update of the ISP Listings database and Michael, a friend, has taken over testing of several new anti-spam solutions. If all goes according to plan then we should be able to both cut down on spam posts and make it easier to register, although I couldn't say how long it will be before they adapt.. again :).

In the future we’re likely to swap to XenForo as that is a much better looking and faster forum than the rubbish that vB4 has become in recent years (I don’t want to adopt vB5 it’s just terrible), which just so happens to have a lot more anti-spam options built-in. But right now I need to get the listings done.
 

timeless

ULTIMATE Member
Staff member
Volunteer Mod
well l guess each to his own as the system we use to keep spammers at bay has cut down on the bots which are the issue by 100% for the last 15months.. only problem we have is the spammers we had not noticed with dormant accounts. trouble is with vb3 l dont believe there is a true method of looking up members and mass pruning based on specific criteria.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
Another really busy spammer loose in the forum right now; already reached "Regular Member" status!!!

Any way to flag up large numbers of posts by new members?? Or set a limit on how many posts they can make per hour/day??
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
I've just added some new Human Q&A's instead of the recaptcha check during registration, which were kindly tested by Michael so hopefully they will help (also makes human registration easier).

On top of that I've also added another anti-spam tweak to the process that is designed to target certain types of spam-bot but for security I'd rather not mention what it is or how it works as spammers would use that.

Will keep an eye on the logs to see what happens over the next 48 hours. Obviously any spammers that have already snuck in before the changes might still spam.
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Well from the moment we activated the changes there hasn't been a single spammer get through.
 

timeless

ULTIMATE Member
Staff member
Volunteer Mod
ld be interested in hearing about your new spam prevention methods, maybe even the code lol and if it was portable to vb 3.x.x would be interesting to see how it worked under a different setting mainly because if you think the amount of spammers joining here was allot you had not seen anything compared to the places l help, that why the registration became so tedious and we required two forms of activation.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
Well from the moment we activated the changes there hasn't been a single spammer get through.
#CELEBRATION TIME, COME ON!!# (it's a song in case you didnt get it).

All we need now are some decent icons depicting a party!!!!
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
Timeless. One system is the "timer" that you mentioned before, the other is copyrighted to a friend’s firm so I can't share but I believe there's something similar on vbulletin.org somewhere. It automatically creates new human Q&A's from a series of rules but I haven't fully enabled it yet due to some bugs.
 
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