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21 Sep 2012

SITE NEWS: The Spam Wars Continue

In order to try to solve our problem of spammers registering as users and then pelting us with spam, we are now requiring administrator moderation for all new users. If you register as a new user, we need to approve it. If we end up deleting your account because we mistake it for one of the spam accounts (particularly likely if you have a hotmail or yahoo.uk e-mail account) please e-mail us and let us know so we can make sure you get a proper account set up. Thanks.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 21 Sep 2012

9 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2012, 3:01pm by Jimmy

Comments

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by nibiyabi :: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 5:21pm

I think a report button would be useful. An admin could sort comments side-wide by number of reports, making it not only much faster to purge them, but nearly guaranteeing that no spam post could slip under the radar for more than a few hours (or minutes on game day).

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 7:21pm

I agree. Spam messages are pretty obvious to humans. A 'report spam' button would speed up the filtering process.

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by LionInAZ :: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 7:21pm

I agree. Spam messages are pretty obvious to humans. A 'report spam' button would speed up the filtering process.

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by Aaron Schatz :: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 9:32pm

The problem isn't just spam comments anymore. Now the problem is that we're getting pelted by "fake users" who are just spammers registering so that they can leave spam comments. And that's killing our e-mail account, we're hitting a max where we can no longer send e-mails anymore.

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by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Sun, 09/23/2012 - 10:57am

1) Image Verification
2) Question & Answer Verification
3) reCAPTCHA

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Velvet Sky fan

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/23/2012 - 11:48pm

Some bots are even pretty good at reading captcha. Better than some people with poor eyesight.

I'd rather have a simple question database that everyone posting here ought to know the answer to.

"I was corrupt before I had power!" - Random

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by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 9:34am

Well, my intent was a 3 layer approach. Few bots can conquer all 3.
Won't stop devoted manual registrants....

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Velvet Sky fan

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sun, 09/23/2012 - 1:29pm

Has software like Akismet been considered? As I recall that automatically spots spam, learns as it goes along and disables the account that creates it.

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by Jimmy :: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 3:01pm

Spam spam spam spam; spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam..... wait, I missed a spam. I'll start again.

Spam spam spam spam; spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam....

Great song, as long as you can remember the words.