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Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:50 pm
by StalinSays
GigaHooker wrote:So lot of spam.. WHY?!
Moderator, WTF??????
I thought I killed the spam, where else is it?

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:16 pm
by alhilton
I've had an explosion of spam on my own Freeforums site. Someone has cracked their squiggly letter real-person-test screen. I've had to block all new accounts until I OK them. This user "GigaHooker" was one of the attempted new registrants. Ban it. It's a bot. (Unless it can prove really quick that it's not.)

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:02 pm
by StalinSays
Ok everybody, looks like we're under siege - barbarians are at the gate, and they have salacious materials to sell. The other mods and I will be swinging the ban hammer with extreme prejudice. If your IP is from a country the United States is currently or has historically been in a cold war with, and your post count is below 2, you're gone. Ditto as soon as you make solicitations, using nudie pictures or otherwise.

If you are 'a people' and have been wrongly banned, create another account and post here with something that sounds human. If your IP got banned, try the drabblecast's main e-mail. If you don't know what that is clearly you don't listen to the show, have a soul of silicon, and will stay banned.

If spamming gets worse and people want to second Abby's motion of keeping the doors completely closed for a while, post that sentiment here. Oh, and any suspicious users I might not have noticed yet, inform me - let's go the full McCarthy.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:16 pm
by Etaan
No more nudie pics? Damn you, Putin!

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:53 am
by tbaker2500
What? I missed the nudie pics??

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:49 am
by Mr. Tweedy
I banned "ViagraED" earlier today. An entire page full of viagra-related gibberish and links caused me to suspect that he may have been a bot, but perhaps I judged too quickly? Perhaps he was just trying to say "hello?"

If you're reading this, ViagraED, my apologies. Try the Drabblecast email as Bo suggested, and we can get you back in good standing.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:59 am
by tbaker2500
Keep it up, Tweedy!

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:02 pm
by TheBori
In an effort to maintain my humanity...Don't kill me! I don't know what my post count is...but I'm a narrator not a poster...I don't type here much.
Whew...is that good enough? Can someone vouch for my carbon-based-ness?
I feel all Matrixy.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:47 pm
by ROU Killing Time
tbaker2500 wrote:Keep it up, Tweedy!
Well, perhaps he was too hasty in banning VigraEd, Tom. ;-)

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:50 pm
by tbaker2500
Good, at least somebody got it!

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:35 pm
by ROU Killing Time
tbaker2500 wrote:Good, at least somebody got it!
Ya know I always got yer back, Tom. :-)

Reminds me... need to drop you an e-mail and do some catching up... long story short, though. I'm still here. Apparently, anyway.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:07 pm
by tbaker2500
Good- drop me an email. I'll make sure the spam filter doesn't get it. (How's that for coming back on topic?)

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:42 pm
by ROU Killing Time
tbaker2500 wrote:Good- drop me an email. I'll make sure the spam filter doesn't get it. (How's that for coming back on topic?)
Pfft. Staying on topic is over-rated.

Oh Look! Something Shiny!!!

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:53 am
by Mr. Tweedy
tbaker2500 wrote:Good, at least somebody got it!
:?:
:|
:shock:
:o
:oops:

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:53 pm
by StalinSays
And now that we're out on the frontier, trying to recreate civilization all by our lonesome in this lawless territory, another wave of spammers have come to give us Microsoft Office and Health Tips. I deleted wave one. If this is persistent, we'll have to investigate options.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:00 pm
by tbaker2500
StalinSays wrote:And now that we're out on the frontier, trying to recreate civilization all by our lonesome in this lawless territory, another wave of spammers have come to give us Microsoft Office and Health Tips. I deleted wave one. If this is persistent, we'll have to investigate options.
There are plugins I haven't installed yet. Good to know.

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:50 pm
by StalinSays
Still getting a smattering of spammers (deleting and banning as I see them). The good news is that at this point I believe they're pain-in-the-ass human beings and not just post generating bots.

Anyone seeing Spam I may miss, please message me, and I will get out the ban hammer and smash up some accounts (with the Offspring playing, to get me in the mood).

Re: Admin, where are you?!

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:50 pm
by tbaker2500
StalinSays wrote:Still getting a smattering of spammers (deleting and banning as I see them). The good news is that at this point I believe they're pain-in-the-ass human beings and not just post generating bots.

Anyone seeing Spam I may miss, please message me, and I will get out the ban hammer and smash up some accounts (with the Offspring playing, to get me in the mood).
Yea, I ban and delete one every few days. FWIW, I have two methods of authentication in play right now.
1. Confirmation email. The user must confirm real email address.
2. Captcha. I'm using a medium-level difficulty captcha. We can increase how difficult it is, but I wouldn't be able to read it, and I think that will frustrate people.

So I suspect that it is indeed humans doing the posting now, but it's hard to know.