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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 12:37pm | IP Logged Quote Dragonlady

There are at least 3 new posters with garbage in subject headings, I looked at only one of them..actually only saw a second or two as it was uploading because garbage turned into porn pictures! I didn't dare try the others.

Isn't there some way to stop this from happening? I know now not to click on that stuff but what if some kid clicked on it?
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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 1:30pm | IP Logged Quote Kepli

I have been looking into it with GreyTale, Totte and Bogie. I wish I could do more, but the forum version is old and doesn't have sophisticated anti-spam options. We need to be able to do something with the source code of the site pages, but we don't have access to those anymore since the move to the new host. We are left with removing the spam as soon as it appears and banning as much of the ip-addresses and email addresses as we can and hope it blows over. If not, I may have to shut down the forums for a while ... and I don't want to do that ...

Basically, we need Mindy.

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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 2:02pm | IP Logged Quote danielpryor

...


Edited by danielpryor on 06/28/2011 at 1:06am


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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 2:28pm | IP Logged Quote greytale

Of course this new development with porn in the posts makes it
difficult to manage the site (or even visit the site for that matter) from a
work environment without putting one's real job in severe jeopardy.


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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 3:51pm | IP Logged Quote totte

Deja Vu, exactly the development we had on DropZone Charlie, first a few
spams, then loads of new users with porn spam and virus links.

One thought, is it possible to "greylist" all new accounts some way so they
need to be activated by Kepli or Bogie before they can post?

This way anyone new would have to "prove" their existence by answering
some simple question, like a manual captcha until we can get something like
that. I know, hard on new users but they will thank us when we rid the
spammers.


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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 3:56pm | IP Logged Quote greytale

With the amount of actuals versus spammers it definitely
would be less work.

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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 4:02pm | IP Logged Quote greytale

I blocked some IP address groups we will see how long it
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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 5:25pm | IP Logged Quote Alynnalizza

Have fun with that! :D (For once, glad I'm not a mod. lol)

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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 5:27pm | IP Logged Quote greytale

I am still going. Some has turned into a heck of a lot.

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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 6:22pm | IP Logged Quote Bogie

Kill the Spammers, Kill the Spammers, Kill the Spammers!

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Posted: 06/27/2011 at 6:24pm | IP Logged Quote Alynnalizza

I want a James Bond type license to deal with spammers and hackers. Anyone know where I can get one?

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 1:10am | IP Logged Quote danielpryor

You should simply just block any NEW posters for like a month or so. but still make all the forum publicly viewable. Most new people aren't here to contribute art anyway, just download stuff. After a month of not being able to create a new account maybe the hackers will give up and go away? If someone send a mod an email though or a forum "friend" refers them, then let them through invitation only.


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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 1:45am | IP Logged Quote Kepli

That might be a very good solution. Will look into that. Thanks Daniel

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 2:25am | IP Logged Quote totte

@Kepli - that was what I tried to suggest in this thread, block any new users
until they prove to an ubermoderator (Kepli or Bogie) that they are real
persons and not a bot (the spammers are not real persons, just bots running
on botnet hijacked computers)

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 2:30am | IP Logged Quote Kepli

Sorry Totte, guess I missed that in between all the new posts in this tread

I'll take a look in the forum settings right now ...

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 2:35am | IP Logged Quote Kepli

Just created the user group Trainee. These are now the starting members and they can only look on the forums. Now to post a message for them to contact me or Bogie, so we can make them a Hireling.

Hope this works ;)
We may need another Admin ... are you up for that Totte?

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 2:57am | IP Logged Quote totte

Count me in.
I just need to remember my DJ passwd again so I can login from my laptop
(will be back and forth to the cottage but I got 2MBit internet there so I'll be
online).

Shall I just enable messaging in my settings? checking...


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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 3:00am | IP Logged Quote Kepli

You were just promoted Totte

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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 3:01am | IP Logged Quote totte

Well thank you!


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Posted: 06/28/2011 at 5:52am | IP Logged Quote Bogie

Kepli wrote:
You were just promoted Totte


Congrats Totte!!

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