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Offline Eric H. Jung

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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2006, 07:55:56 PM »
So far (5 days), this seems to have had a big effect. Lots of registrations, but not posts... I can only assume that means they never confirmed their email addresses?

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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2006, 03:25:50 AM »
Maybe.
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« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2006, 01:39:07 PM »
And now the spam moves to Help and Support...
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Offline Eric H. Jung

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« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2006, 03:45:48 PM »
They still have to confirm their email address, right? Why would the Help and Support forum matter?

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« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2006, 04:30:58 PM »
There are spam posts still being made, it just moved to the Help and Support part of the forums. It seems there is someone whose job is to do a normal sign up at places with e-mail confirmation or something.
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2006, 02:46:37 AM »
Some may have noticed that a certain Post Icon disappeared. This is just a test to see if the spam that appears here are based on some bot that is clueless to CSS. So any post I see using the   Post Icon for a topic should be considered spam automatically. Yes, the smilie is still there. That is useful. We'll see how it goes.
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Offline Eric H. Jung

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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2006, 02:58:10 AM »
Where's the Post Icon? Oh, nevermind... you removed it.

Offline Eric H. Jung

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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2006, 07:02:45 PM »
BTW, another idea is to place new users' posts in moderation until they have, say, two successful posts.

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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2006, 07:29:57 PM »
I haven't found a way to auto add new users yet. That's what I wanted to do, but can't find a way to do so.
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2006, 12:03:19 AM »
Spam posts are still getting through. I deleted three today.

I recently saw another approach at spam posting prevention: password-protecting the boards that receive the spam posts. The password can be publicly displayed in the description of the boards here and/or elsewhere on the site.

What do you think?

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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2006, 02:52:16 AM »
If we do that, maybe we can enable guest posting as well.

I like it. Let's see what others have to say.
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« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2006, 12:31:50 PM »
Ok with me...

Offline Eric H. Jung

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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2006, 04:00:15 PM »
OK, which forum(s) do the spammers attack most?

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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2006, 07:44:12 PM »
FYI, I've had to delete posts that are replies to existing threads. I think we need to turn on moderation of posting for thread replies, not just new threads.

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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2006, 02:11:10 AM »
Ok, all forums are now password-protected. Also, replies (not just new threads) must be approved by a moderator.

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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2006, 02:11:10 AM »