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  • #2697

    rsl360
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    As I’m sure everyone can see, we are being overrun by spam. It’s not too hard to see what’s spam and what’s not, at least if you are already familiar with the board, but it’s not very friendly to legitimate new users. And I know Ron is busy, probably like with his real job. Is there anything the legitimate users can do to help? I for one could not take permanent responsibility for deleting spam, but I could mark it. (be kind of fun, actually. Die spammer, die, KILL KILL KILL.) Maybe some sort of voting system, kind of like the way (I think) Craig’s list works? Maybe if users who joined say, over a year ago could vote, and the spam got 10 negative votes, it could get killed. (or made invisible, which would be much the same, and yet all the correction of mistakes.

    I’m afraid the site will die if we cannot fix this.

    Thanks

    Robbie

    #17870

    EVILRipper
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    I doubt implementing such new functionality isn’t possible. Unless someone would be crazy enough to take a day to code it. Not gonna happen I guess.
    However, I know fizze is admin/mod and can delete spam. He does so every once in a while. But he can’t check each day.
    The easiest solution is more active users who can delete spam at a regular basis.

    #17871

    SydneyGuy
    Participant

    I have been in touch with Ron about it. He hopes to update the board software on the weekend and to implement tighter “captcha” measures for board registration. Hopefully that will make it a lot harder for them to auto-register.

    He also wants to update one of the board management tools to make it easy to delete any spam that does appear.

    He is busy with real life but I hope he gets a chance to take a look at it.

    #17872

    stretch
    Participant

    @evilripper wrote:

    The easiest solution is more active users who can delete spam at a regular basis.

    I’ll put my hand up for that one if it helps.

    #17873

    Anonymous

    I too could help deleting that cr*p.

    #17874

    fizze
    Participant

    Well I’m one of the moderators that flush out spam regularly. But recently its become such a flood its impossible to keep up.

    Good to hear Ron’s still alive and kicking though! πŸ™‚

    #17875

    andyg
    Participant

    more than happy to help too πŸ˜€

    #17876

    Anonymous

    I know some forum software has features that don’t allow new users to post messages containing url’s until they have reached a certain post count level. Other features include requiring posts approved by a moderator for all new users (count less than a defined value). I’m willing to help anyway I can.

    #17877

    fizze
    Participant

    @sydneyguy: Any news from Ron?
    He could assign a few more moderators, that would definetly help, and doesn’t take too much time on his side.

    #17878

    S80_UK
    Participant

    I’m also still lurking around here and ready to help if I can…

    #17879

    SydneyGuy
    Participant

    @fizze wrote:

    @sydneyguy: Any news from Ron?

    Unfortunately not. I was made redundant at my job just over a week ago so things have been a bit upside down for me and I haven’t been on the net a whole lot … well not for fun things anyway.

    When the dust settles, and if he hasn’t shown up here, I’ll see if I can catch him on Yahoo and see what he is up to.

    #17880

    andyg
    Participant

    I was made redundant at my job just over a week ago so things have been a bit upside down for me and I haven’t been on the net a whole lot … well not for fun things anyway.

    join the gang… πŸ˜₯ i can see having a whole lot of time to zap spam… in between painting the house… anyone need an experienced photo editor? 😯

    #17887

    fizze
    Participant

    Wow this is getting ridiculous.
    Now spambots are also replying to random existing threads.
    😑 πŸ™

    #17881

    rpedde
    Participant

    damn spammers.

    Obviously, I’ve upgraded to phpbb3. It has more anti-spam features. I’ve also made fizze and ccrdude team leaders for the webdevs moderation group, and you guys can add whoever you see fit to be moderators.

    I’m going to be adding more anti-spam crap to the default phpbb setup, so be aware stuff is in flux.

    #17883

    Anonymous

    This should make things a lot better, i do check-in once in a while, and had noticed the spam level going up and up πŸ™

    If there’s anything I can do just let me know…

    -Nic

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