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A Way to fight Spammers...

Jun 02 2016 02:49 pm   #1DeepBlueJoy
I saw the note about the spam attacks, and found in my message inbox ALL my new messages were Russian spam.  I really do hope we can put some kind of barrier up to this...  Do we require a CAPCHA to apply for membership?  It seems that the spammers are getting through somehow.  I know it's hard.  I don't know a single fanfic site that doesn't struggle with this problem.  Any ideas from the membership would be welcome.  Other than the capcha (which I don't know if we have) or the manual member approval, which we do, I don't know what is to be done to stop the bastards.  Fortunately I haven't seen any spam stories yet and I am unaware of any spam reviews, though admittedly, I don't always read reviews by other people.

Anyway, thanks for all the hard work that our mods do.  Anyone with ideas how to thwart the spambastards, please step up!!

Blue
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Jun 02 2016 03:40 pm   #2slaymesoftly
I remove at least several a day lately. Those are membership applications from spammers. We don't require a CAPCHA to apply because we manually delete them from the application for membership queue.   I think there is a CAPCHA of some sort for non-members who want to leave reviews, but I'm not sure. I never see any of those, just remember Dia mentioning it.  As long as they aren't showing up as stories or reviews (which they are on at least one other site I know about), I think it's the best we can do. We had them on forum entries for a while, which took forever to remove, but I think Dia did something to prevent that from happening, so I don't often have to delete any from there anymore. Not sure how they are getting into message boxes. I haven't seen any there. Just a fact of online life, I guess. We throw up barriers and they try to find ways around them.


I saw the note about the spam attacks, and found in my message inbox ALL my new messages were Russian spam.  I really do hope we can put some kind of barrier up to this...  Do we require a CAPCHA to apply for membership?  It seems that the spammers are getting through somehow.  I know it's hard.  I don't know a single fanfic site that doesn't struggle with this problem.  Any ideas from the membership would be welcome.  Other than the capcha (which I don't know if we have) or the manual member approval, which we do, I don't know what is to be done to stop the bastards.  Fortunately I haven't seen any spam stories yet and I am unaware of any spam reviews, though admittedly, I don't always read reviews by other people.

Anyway, thanks for all the hard work that our mods do.  Anyone with ideas how to thwart the spambastards, please step up!!

Blue
I am not a minion of Evil...
I am upper management.
Jun 03 2016 03:40 am   #3Saggit
They're a menace, everywhere. When I modded for a forum a number of years ago, they were popping three or four a night. Now I hear the rate's much higher. Damn things.

Probably created by Warren Mears.
Jun 03 2016 04:57 am   #4slaymesoftly
LOL Could be. I just deleted 3 more that came in tonight. Easier to catch and deal with them when they're trying to become members than it is after they spam the forum. That was a nightmare.


They're a menace, everywhere. When I modded for a forum a number of years ago, they were popping three or four a night. Now I hear the rate's much higher. Damn things.

Probably created by Warren Mears.
I am not a minion of Evil...
I am upper management.
Jun 04 2016 02:52 am   #5Saggit
LOL Could be. I just deleted 3 more that came in tonight. Easier to catch and deal with them when they're trying to become members than it is after they spam the forum. That was a nightmare.


They're a menace, everywhere. When I modded for a forum a number of years ago, they were popping three or four a night. Now I hear the rate's much higher. Damn things.

Probably created by Warren Mears.


Hell, yes. When they get in the front door, they start replicating the same post everywhere. So then it's not just a matter of kicking them, but deleting each one of their posts. I can't speak to other boards, but the one I modded had no control available to me for removing all of a given user's posts.
Jun 07 2016 01:31 am   #6slaymesoftly
LOL Could be. I just deleted 3 more that came in tonight. Easier to catch and deal with them when they're trying to become members than it is after they spam the forum. That was a nightmare.


They're a menace, everywhere. When I modded for a forum a number of years ago, they were popping three or four a night. Now I hear the rate's much higher. Damn things.

Probably created by Warren Mears.


Hell, yes. When they get in the front door, they start replicating the same post everywhere. So then it's not just a matter of kicking them, but deleting each one of their posts. I can't speak to other boards, but the one I modded had no control available to me for removing all of a given user's posts.


Neither do we. Not that either of the mods can do, anyway. It's one at a damn time. I think Dia can do it - she finally rescued us the last time we were overwhelmed.
I am not a minion of Evil...
I am upper management.