The Official Anti-Spam Thread

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The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by LodeHacker » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:16 am

Welcome to The Official Anti-Spam Thread.

The Instructions
1. Identify a thread as spam.
2. Copy the link to the thread.
3. Make a reply to this thread.
4. In the message body, paste the link.
5. Post the reply without other content.

The Rules
1. No unnecessary discussion.
2. Spam must be reported only once.
3. You must follow The Instructions.

This is a community effort. Help keep SPCR clean!
- Lode :mrgreen:
[size=75][i]Fight spam! [url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54326][color=darkblue]The Official Anti-Spam Thread[/color][/url].
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:24 am

Subscribed.
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Post by MikeC » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:39 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:Subscribed.
Ditto. Great idea, lodehacker!
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:03 pm

Thanks folks -- when you see 'em, post 'em here!
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Post by LodeHacker » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:07 pm

@mods/admins: Once taken care of reported spam, you are responsible for cleaning up this thread :P

Yes, sir! Mission accomplished, sir!
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Report Post button

Post by Firetech » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:49 pm

You wouldn't need this type of thread if a 'report bad post button' type facility was enabled.

i.e http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/24

I'd imagine it's a fairly simple option/hack for the admins?
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:09 am

Hi,

I agree that the ! button to report a problem post is the way to go.
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Post by LodeHacker » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:30 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:Hi,

I agree that the ! button to report a problem post is the way to go.
No it isn't. Make multiple users push that button and you have a long morning once you wake up. The feature must be implemented in a way other than a simple "hack", with proper database access and encryption code. Ideally, the moderators don't want their PM to get full. Something like a hidden thread or forum they can access where all reported spam posts get posted to. This way once a mod has removed all reported spam, there are no "ghost" reports to be seen by other mods. Minimises confusion and is much more efficient than simply PMing all mods.

Taking these into consideration I think my anti-spam thread is much more efficient. It takes a bit of a time to do the reporting process, but if you don't do it, someone always will and finally the mods will clean up the forums. That's the point, not to have mods go postal, because of unnecessarily many reports of the same spam. I moderate a couple of phpBB and Invision forums, the Report Spam button is really annoying.

Have a nice day.
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:16 am

Hi,

This seems to be working well -- keep posting links to Spammers!
Last edited by NeilBlanchard on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by xan_user » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:24 am

is it better to post user name link or actual post links? or does it even matter?

[Mod: Either way works!]

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:08 am

Hello,

Yes, and I've moved that one post to the Test Forum, which is the place it should have been put. The person was just getting their post count up enough to be able to post URL's.

I appreciate your patience with this -- it is the best way to avoid Spambots, but it can be a little inconvenient.
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Feature request

Post by xan_user » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:20 am

Would it be possible to have a link to this thread on top or bottom of every page, labeled "report spam here"?

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Post by rpsgc » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:39 am

I think these forums should have a "Report post" button. Then there would be no need for this topic and spammers would be handled with faster.
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:39 am

I think the speed would be virtually the same -- because this thread "reports" to the people who have subscribed to it; and it gets handled in exactly the same way.
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Post by rpsgc » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:28 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:I think the speed would be virtually the same -- because this thread "reports" to the people who have subscribed to it; and it gets handled in exactly the same way.
Oh all right. You win this one! :P
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Post by xan_user » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:18 pm

rpsgc wrote:
NeilBlanchard wrote:I think the speed would be virtually the same -- because this thread "reports" to the people who have subscribed to it; and it gets handled in exactly the same way.
Oh all right. You win this one! :P
yes but I have to go to go to index>site feedback>spam thread>post and im too damn lazy to make a bookmark. :D

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Post by kogi » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:57 am

PM Spammer/Phisher

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:09 am

Thanks for your patience on this (again!)! Until the Admin can find the Spammer's IP, I cannot ban them.

Do not click on the link in these PM's!
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Post by xan_user » Thu May 06, 2010 2:57 pm

Mods-
Would it be possible to dump all members with 0 posts that have urls in their member profiles? Its a common search bomb technique.
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Post by NeilBlanchard » Thu May 06, 2010 3:48 pm

xan_user wrote:Mods-
Would it be possible to dump all members with 0 posts that have urls in their member profiles? Its a common search bomb technique.
I do not know if this is possible -- I think if it is, it would take the admin to do it?
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Post by xan_user » Thu May 06, 2010 4:18 pm

NeilBlanchard wrote:
xan_user wrote:Mods-
Would it be possible to dump all members with 0 posts that have urls in their member profiles? Its a common search bomb technique.
I do not know if this is possible -- I think if it is, it would take the admin to do it?
memberlist.php?mode=website&order=DESC&start=820

memberlist can be sorted by "web page" and "post count" separately, so I would guess its possible with admin privileges to sort by both fields simultaneously...? if not there's only ~840 members with WWW to go through and eliminate the dead wood. :P

If possible we should have a minimum post count to allow listing a website in your profile.
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by rpsgc » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:36 am

The spammers are at full force again... so much for better anti-spam with the upgrade...
Not to mention they now don't need 3 posts to post a link.


At least we now have a "report post" button.
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:59 am

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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by MikeC » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:25 am

Thanks, CA_Steve. spammer gone.
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by rpsgc » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:23 am

Here's a thought... you could make it so that the first 3 (or so) posts of any new forum member must first be approved by a moderator. That would substantially reduce spam.
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:53 pm

This guy is sending spam to inboxes
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=123503

...........................
Hello

Here is your chance to win a free iPad2 from Apple:
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by NeilBlanchard » Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:39 pm

He's gone -- thanks for the heads up.
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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by jack_aubrey » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:52 pm

Vicotnik wrote:Again, from this user
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=123514
Confirmed. gregory.offers "Free iPad2" scammer.

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Re: The Official Anti-Spam Thread

Post by NeilBlanchard » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:34 pm

Yes, I apologize -- this is a new mode of Spam, or at least. That "user" has be deleted, and the site admin will have to look into it.
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