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Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Canoe » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:11 pm

Surely there's a way for the forum to automatically identify new accounts and when their posts contain certain key words (supplement, etc.) anywhere in the post, then the forum quarantines those posts and freezes the account.
Yes, no?

I remember when the first "50,000 eplaya member" posted thanking for that distinction, then made a spam post for toys...
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by TT120 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 am

This is the only forum I've ever seen those kinds of spam posts on. I'm not even sure what their goal is most of the time. Some are obvious what they want but others are just gibberish.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by AntiM » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:39 am

It's better than the spambot attacks from years ago.

I'm just a mod, so I don't know if it could be done automatically. I do know we don't have the must authorize new post/users turned on because in the busy season people who want to buy tickets or Post Right This Minute don't want to wait for approval. We may have a mod team, but we do not work 24/7. Having us in different time zones is about as good as it gets.

As for "keywords" have you read eplaya? Seriously?

edit: I am all for a solution and changes, but I haven't a clue how that might be effectively implemented.

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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Canoe » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:55 am

Sure keywords. As mods encounter spam they can add to the keyword list as they feel appropriate, including linking sites that hide the actual link.

No way to have a comprehensive list that blocks all spam, but with the main offending keywords, the worst side effect would to occasionally block new users until a mod was on.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Traveller in Time » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:13 am

Even in "the busy season" new accounts should not have to use external websites in their first posting.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Canoe » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:16 am

Traveller in Time wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:13 am
Even in "the busy season" new accounts should not have to use external websites in their first posting.
But possibly.
As a start, just restrict the re-linking sites that hide the actual target site.
And threads that put a link in the subject.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:51 pm

TT120 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 am
others are just gibberish.
the latest for Testo-Drive male enhancement had me laughing out loud

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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Traveller in Time » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:50 am

Is there a way to get the Robots not to collect first day postings ?
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Sham » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:16 am

My guess is that these accounts are set up by individuals who make just pennies for each post. I wonder if there could be an email confirmation required before the first post is allowed. Spam posts have their email address banned as well, so it would require a new email account to be set up for each spam account.

Also, THANK YOU to those of you who flag spam or questionable posts. As AntiM said, we are in different time zones, so that helps to swat them, but flagging them makes finding them much easier.

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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by gaminwench » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:27 am

I AM A WARRIOR!!!
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by AntiM » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:12 am

A-RockLeFrench wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:51 pm
TT120 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 am
others are just gibberish.
the latest for Testo-Drive male enhancement had me laughing out loud
Now and then the spam becomes pure word salad poetry. If I am in the mood, I copy and it ends up on FB. I had a good one the other day, but deleted before saving the You think I was Born yesterday? There is no Easter Bunny! one. It went on about dreams. A gem.

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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Sham » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:25 am

I can take these cheesy diet supplement posts that are showing up, but several years back there was pure underage porn showing up. That was really worrisome.

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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by some seeing eye » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:02 pm

I have heard that there are phpBB plug-ins to target spam. Beyond that, there would be machine learning tools. Especially easy, because the spammers are simplistic. It would relieve mod time.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by BBadger » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:35 pm

Even maybe just a simple question at the end of the sign-up screen that they have to answer, like "name one of the principles," would probably eliminate a huge percentage of them (unless this is already being done; it's been a long time since I signed up). Might even eliminate some potential "low effort" members too.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Ratty » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:04 am

BBadger, If you screen the applicants there would be nothing here. Some days, the spam is the only contributor.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Traveller in Time » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:08 pm

Ratty wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:04 am
. . . . Some days . . .

Some WestCoast late night hours the spam is the only contribution.

At least two or three messages each day .
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by Ratty » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:07 pm

Yes, from 10 pm till 12:30 am you and I will zap them.
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Re: Fresh Spam Accounts

Post by BBadger » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:14 am

Ratty wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:04 am
BBadger, If you screen the applicants there would be nothing here. Some days, the spam is the only contributor.
:lol:
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