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Spammers are back

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:36 am
by patroid
Hi,
The only idea i have is that anybody (moderators)
Must unlock new accounts.
This mean you can create a account and write topics or
Themes. But you can see them only on your own.
And if the post is ok the Moderator unlocks all post
of the user. So the Moderator must unlock each account
onetines and later the accounts mesaages are readable for all.

Patroid

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:38 pm
by balint
Well, theorically there is a message approving function for new accounts, but it dont work quite well. Each new acount has only 1-2 questioned message.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:46 pm
by COOLguy
My first messages had to be approved by an administrator. Is that changed? Because theoretically this should prevent spammers. They tend to begin spamming immediately.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:19 pm
by Stratego (dev)
not changed.
somehow they get tru that...

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:48 pm
by ejm29
The post about spammers has been spammed :|

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:07 pm
by balint
They are getting very irritating.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:17 pm
by ejm29
Its starting to make the forum near unusable :cry:

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:05 am
by Stratego (dev)
yes,
- i've spent 1 hours to clear the spammers,
- and also turned off automatic registration.
->> from now it will need my acceptance to register to the forum...

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:16 am
by balint
ok.
I would delete their post too, but I don't dare after what happened last time :)

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:45 am
by ejm29
Cool! I hope that stops them. :)

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:37 pm
by COOLguy
That's good! Do they have to send you a personal email or something?

balint: what happened last time?

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:07 pm
by balint
I deleted Daniel's post by accident :)

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:15 pm
by COOLguy
:lol: lol :lol:

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:06 pm
by Stratego (dev)
no problem, i handle the deletions myself ;)

the problem is now i can not tell if a normal user tries to register - i get 5-10 requests i think mostly spambots but i have no clue if any of them was a human :)

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:20 pm
by draakjee
have you already tried captcha?

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:04 pm
by Stratego (dev)
there was captcha in the registration but all spambots got tru.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:45 pm
by COOLguy
Can you give them a message to send you a personal email?

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:40 pm
by draakjee
I've been forum mod from another game a few years ago, maybe i can ask my former CM how they actually prevent spam. Because on those forums i've never seen any spam...

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:01 pm
by Stratego (dev)
I have all bots now in jail, and also modified the registration texting asking real people to send me an email too on order to get registered.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:54 am
by ejm29
And their back ........ :|

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:04 pm
by Stratego (dev)
they are the ones registered earlier than i switched to admin-permission mode.

so no worry a few spams may come (from spambots registered earlier) and will be deleted (their user also will be deleted) - but no new spambot registrations will be.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:08 pm
by ejm29
Oh ok, cool! :lol:

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:21 pm
by max-damage
Hi, guys...New member here...just a heads-up: a forum i used to frequent had an admin who, previously, had been a professional spam-bot sponsor...these are people who set up accounts in forums with security designed to intercept spam-bots...then they turn the bots loose on the forums...unfortunately, the only way to stop them is by banning the accounts as they show up...I've modded and admin'ed several forums, before, and as yet have found no other way to stop them...it's a drag, but that's the interwebz for ya

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:13 pm
by Stratego (dev)
i am doing now personal "gatekeeping" on registrations, i talk a few words with new users before letting them being registered.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:25 pm
by max-damage
Daniel (the dev) wrote:i am doing now personal "gatekeeping" on registrations, i talk a few words with new users before letting them being registered.
Yes, i noticed (i just became registered today, remember? Lol)...is it working or is it a huge pain in the butt? We did that on forums i've admin'ed, for awhile, but got to be a full-time job just to certify new accounts...

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:04 am
by Stratego (dev)
not so "huge" currently, so i can manage.

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:06 am
by max-damage
Daniel (the dev) wrote:not so "huge" currently, so i can manage.
That's good...but if the game/forum takes off, you'll have a lot of work on your hands...good luck--lol. ;-)

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:19 pm
by max-damage
By the way, staffers, don't delete spam-bots of they'll just renew the account...you have to ban the username, the email address and the IP address to keep it from coming back...

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:09 pm
by Stratego (dev)
ok, but i think they can not come in to "renew" since i personally gatekeeping.
am i right?

Re: Spammers are back

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:23 pm
by max-damage
Yes, provided you realize they are bots before you allow them access to the forums...sometimes they use a new username and have a human sponsor (i talked about that up there^^), so make sure you ban the IP addresses, at least...

When you ban an IP address, no-one, human or bot, can create an account through that modem anymore, so you won't have to worry about repeat invasions from that particular place anymore...