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Online Miquel 'Fire' Burns

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« on: August 04, 2006, 01:43:30 AM »
For whatever reason, there's two of almost every forum (Tips and Tricks only have one) under the Firefox edition. I moved the topics from the one with forum id 1 (which all the spam appears in...) to the one with the id 20.

The reson for this is because it seems our forums got picked up for spamming, and it always picks the forum with the id of 1. We'll see if this changes things.

[edit] This means you will have to resubcribe to the forum.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006, 02:01:14 AM »
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For whatever reason, there's two of almost every forum
Two of what? Spam posts? Do I need to resubscribe to all forums or just one of them?
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 02:20:54 AM »
Sorry, I meant the Feature and Request Forums. That's the only one I'm changing. If the others have the same issue, then I won't bother with it anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006, 01:04:40 AM »
And it seems the bots/spammers just post in the first forum, no matter what the ID.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006, 05:10:07 AM »
WTF? How can we stop this?

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2006, 01:17:28 AM »
I wish I knew. It almost seems we're actually being targeted. I wonder if IPB is that popular that it can compare to Windows for being hacked to high heaven?
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2006, 01:33:17 AM »
We could switch to moderated posting, at least on the forum that always gets the spam. Then we'd have to approve posts before they appear. What do you think?

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2006, 02:54:18 AM »
If there's a way to put new members on moderated posting, I would go for that. If not, then I guess we'll go that way.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2006, 02:58:12 PM »
I have it set so that only new topics need to be appoved. Since the spam is always a new topic and never a reply (for now), this should work.

I can't find an option to put new members on moderator approval with posts yet.
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2006, 08:23:47 PM »
Do we have email confirmation while creating an account? Which emails do the spammers use? If it's a always one on the same domain, maybe we could block them.

Sorry, my summer's been busy, but now it's getting better. I've been following the forum, though.

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2006, 01:05:46 AM »
Email confirmation may help crib it without needing a queue at all. Thing is, that's a little too much work for the end user I think. Only if it truely gets out of control should we bother with that.
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2006, 01:41:52 AM »
Oh, I thought we already required email confirmation. 90% or more of the forums I've registered for in the last 12 months have required email confirmation, so I don't think it's asking too much!

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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2006, 01:54:41 AM »
Doing email confirmation does scare off new members. Well, just signing up to post does as a matter of fact.

I wonder if setting all the forums to queue mode will allow us to have guest posting again?
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2006, 06:13:33 PM »
How do people know there's no email confirmation before signing up?

When I see any forum where I'm not a member yet I just assume there's email confirmation (because that's de facto standard now, in my experience), so it actually came as a surprise here when there wasn't any.

I don't think it'd scare off many members, I wouldn't mind if it'd be turned on.

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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2006, 01:36:13 AM »
Since we are already requiring users to sign up on the forums, might as well turn on e-mail confirmation. I think the step for possible lost members is not that great (compared to signing up or not)
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