Streaming Sports Spam Threads

AlterEgo

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For some time now, DR1 has been under a spam attack from a group promoting streaming sports spam. DR1 moderators are working diligently to delete and ban them as soon as they see them.

We are not the only ones being targeted, many other online groups are having the same problem with the same people. They are automated spam bots and they have found a way around the forum software that normally does not allow a new member to post links.

So.......

1. Please do not click on any of their links.
2. Please do not post in their threads.
3. Please feel free to report the spam as soon as you see it - it helps us to target the threads quicker.
4. Please be patient when the threads do not get deleted immediately - the mods have real lives, jobs, families, and we do have to sleep :)
 

mobrouser

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AE, the Quickbooks vB forum that I belong to requires you to complete a sentence (along the lines of Mary had a little ---.) before you can register so as to prevent the auto bots. It appears to work as I haven't seen deluges of spam on it. Has Robert not considered this?
 

AlterEgo

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AE, the Quickbooks vB forum that I belong to requires you to complete a sentence (along the lines of Mary had a little ---.) before you can register so as to prevent the auto bots. It appears to work as I haven't seen deluges of spam on it. Has Robert not considered this?
I know nothing about the workings, but I'm sure he'll see this.
 

AnnaC

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AE, the Quickbooks vB forum that I belong to requires you to complete a sentence (along the lines of Mary had a little ---.) before you can register so as to prevent the auto bots. It appears to work as I haven't seen deluges of spam on it. Has Robert not considered this?
We tried something like that once and it caused more work because the threads with certain words were not approved till a mod checked it and approved it for viewing. Also caused many good threads to go into the unapproved section. Easier to delete spam threads. Thanks to those that report spam.
 

mobrouser

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This isn't to post a thread, but to register as a new user. In order to complete your profile you have to finish a sentence with the correct word.

The hockey forum I visit also implemented it last year after a massive spam attack and it works fine.
 

SantiagoDR

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This isn't to post a thread, but to register as a new user. In order to complete your profile you have to finish a sentence with the correct word.

The hockey forum I visit also implemented it last year after a massive spam attack and it works fine.
I believe it's called a "Captcha"
 

Robert

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We use Captcha and a question, plus a special timeout between when you start to register and when you confirm.

Yes, it's effecting many forums right now. These are manually registrations and postings.
They go back and edit their posts within a set time in order to add the link.

We are working on a fix.
 

AnnaC

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We use Captcha and a question, plus a special timeout between when you start to register and when you confirm.

Yes, it's effecting many forums right now. These are manually registrations and postings.
They go back and edit their posts within a set time in order to add the link.

We are working on a fix.
This might be extreme but new posters can't send a pm till they have about 11 posts perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to post link as sell.
 

Robert

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This might be extreme but new posters can't send a pm till they have about 11 posts perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to post link as sell.
They can't. That why they post and then go in and re-edit to add the link.
A new post is handled different to an edited post, hence the issue.
 

Hillbilly

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I have banned at least 2 and reported a half dozen more on forums where I can moderate...

HB
 

Cdn_Gringo

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Banning prevents further thread creations from that account but obviously until there is a means to block non-human account creation or the auto editing to add a link, these will continue. They are becoming easier to identify without the need to enter the thread though.
 
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"You're in a desert and you see a tortoise lying on its back.."

[video=youtube;Umc9ezAyJv0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umc9ezAyJv0[/video]
 

SantiagoDR

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I understood Robert's post to say that they are not "bots" but manual entries by humans.

Robert, can you set "Newbies" to not allow editing of posts or a minimum # of posts before they are allowed to edit?

Set "Newbies" time limit to edit down to zero.

Rather read misspelled post then put up with the spammers.
 
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Wow, still going after 24 hours. This is quite a siege.. Maybe change the question to something other than "how many days in a year?"


I can never figure out how they make money, unless it's a virus link. Maybe they get a couple pennies for every click through..
 

Robert

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I understood Robert's post to say that they are not "bots" but manual entries by humans.

Robert, can you set "Newbies" to not allow editing of posts or a minimum # of posts before they are allowed to edit?

Set "Newbies" time limit to edit down to zero.

Rather read misspelled post then put up with the spammers.
They are now moderated until we find a solution.