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Old 11-04-2017, 3:42 PM
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I've installed a modification that is suppose to drastically cut back on spammer registration. I figure a weekend is a good time to test it since that's when they hit us hardest.

Please let me know if you see any errors, problems or lack of normal functionality.
Usually modifications are well tested before I install them but this one I wanted to get up and running quickly.
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I've installed a modification that is suppose to drastically cut back on spammer registration. I figure a weekend is a good time to test it since that's when they hit us hardest.

Please let me know if you see any errors, problems or lack of normal functionality.
Usually modifications are well tested before I install them but this one I wanted to get up and running quickly.
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I don't recall Mr K saying the twitch was the sovereign solution.

Probably won't be able to notice any improvement before tomorrow; anyone registered before around 3:30 today is still in more-permissive-land.
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I don't recall Mr K saying the twitch was the sovereign solution.

Probably won't be able to notice any improvement before tomorrow; anyone registered before around 3:30 today is still in more-permissive-land.
No offense intended - twas' my lame attempt at injecting some Black Humor into the situation.
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Kestryll,

Do you still want us to flag and report the spam messages or just let the blocker run?
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Kestryll,

Do you still want us to flag and report the spam messages or just let the blocker run?
Definitely report spam, this new modification isn't foolproof and some will get through but it should help.

Each time a registration is blocked I get an email, since I activated this modification I've received 5300 notifications of blocked registration. Granted there were multiple attempts in there but it's still nuts.
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since I activated this modification I've received 5300 notifications of blocked registration.
8 hours-ish? We've been getting FIFTEEN THOUSAND SPAMMER registrations per day?

Yumpin' yiminey.
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Each time a registration is blocked I get an email, since I activated this modification I've received 5300 notifications of blocked registration.
Holy crap! Considering the ratio of SPAM that got posted to this, I'd say something is better than nothing.
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Did you see Kes' thread that he tried a spam blocker last night? Didn't work very well.

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Working on it.

Apparently the new spam blocker sent so many emails last night that gmail has blocked my account from receiving emails from the forum.

I have not seen a report post notice since 10:00 last night.

Time to try something new.
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Working on it.

Apparently the new spam blocker sent so many emails last night that gmail has blocked my account from receiving emails from the forum.

I have not seen a report post notice since 10:00 last night.

Time to try something new.

Well good luck!
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Working on it.

Apparently the new spam blocker sent so many emails last night that gmail has blocked my account from receiving emails from the forum.

I have not seen a report post notice since 10:00 last night.

Time to try something new.
Is there a provision in the spam blocker to send a compilation report instead of an email for every block? That would provide a list and reduce the number of alert emails.
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Might I suggest some e-mail tracking software in combination with a NEW registration process.
Notify NEW users that ALL new members MUST accept a cookie that can be activated by Cal Guns management that would lock the senders computer, kina like a a ransom ware.
Then when spammers do their deed you activate the file to lock their computer.
You can disable or delete the covert files after either a time or number of posts.
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There may be a reduction in registrations, but there sure doesn't seem to be any reduction in spam threads.
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It seems you may have pissed them off Kest.
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Totally...seems like we kicked a sleeping dog. I’ve never seen it this bad.

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Actually, this morning isn't bad at all.

Just whacked 9 spam accounts, 12 threads. Yesterday, first pass was about 50/100.
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So far this evening, there's been very little Spam postings. Probably way too early to declare victory yet...
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All the Spammers follow the same MO. Multiple links in their first post. There has to be an add-on that auto-bans the user and trashes the post if # links > x if post count less than y.

Also, you should see if there are any trends with the IPs used to register. If they frequently come from outside the US, you can make a rule in apache that not allow the registration form to be displayed to those of blacklisted networks.

The captcha on the registration form should also have a way to force an image validation instead of allowing a click only "I'm not a robot" check.

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So, Boss - is your latest strategy working or did I log in too late this morning and missed all the action?
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there are still a few trickle of spam bots.

can't the rule be that new users can't create threads or post any links for like 1 week? would the forum botters be even able to work around that since it is all automated? i mean can they program these bots to sign up, then idle for 1 week then post?

or even a new user can't create more than 1 new thread a day. until the probation period is over.
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