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Xabia Jim 03-15-2008 05:16 AM

What's with these people that join FB just to post solicitations?

***** phones, etc? do they really sell stuff this way?

(I just bring up an old post to get rid of them......)

Ken524 03-15-2008 07:51 AM

Re: Spammers

Spammers have special software the crawls around the net looking for bulletin boards like this one (vBulletin, and other types). When the spam software "discovers" a board like ours, it automatically registers and posts whatever it is they are selling.

It's tough to stop the spamming without putting too many restrictions on the legitimate members. Something we just sort of need to put up with for now.

james 03-15-2008 10:28 AM

Re: Spammers
Our Forum software keeps getting better at giving us options to keep spammers out. Graphic captchas, email address confirmation, block IP addresses, block ISPs, etc. It's gotten a lot better. There is an option where moderators view and approve postings, but we would never do that.

So a few still get through. Any time you see one that I don't -- send me a PM.

We're doing pretty good.

dmun 10-08-2008 08:38 AM

Re: Spammers
It seems to me that there has been a new rash of spammers. It may be that a moderation of a new member's first three posts might be in order. James must be spending a lot of time ditching these abusive members, perhaps a group of active forum volunteers could take over the job of weeding out abusive posts.

dbhansen 10-08-2008 11:42 AM

Re: Spammers
To whomever cleaned up the spam today, thank you! It was getting a little ridiculous....

james 10-08-2008 12:20 PM

Re: Spammers
That's me. It's a constant chore, so I guess it's part of remaining civilized amidst the uncivilized. We have a lot of anti-spam software on the Forum, but it's like an arms race where the spammers learn new tricks; the anti-spam software gets better; repeat. :-)

james 10-08-2008 12:23 PM

Re: Spammers
I just read David's posting.

Do you think we have group support for Moderating the first few postings by new members?

I remember back to when I joined by first forum and was unsure about waiting for the first one(s) to go through. As though I was being interviewed to join the group.

What do you think?

Meanwhile, I will do some research on the latest anti-spam software. Perhaps there is something new we can add. More to come on that.


asudavew 10-08-2008 12:46 PM

Re: Spammers
I don't think spam on this site is a serious problem.
(Especially compared to my inbox)

I wouldn't mind moderating the first few postings, but as James pointed out..... Do we want to make new members feel like they are being interviewed?

I say live with it.

Unless it gets so bad James, that you are spending lots of time cleaning it up.

My two cents.


Ken524 10-08-2008 01:14 PM

Re: Spammers
I think Dmun's idea is more like having someone screening the first few posts of new members and approving them before they are made public. It wouldn't be like an interview at all.

This would be transparent for newbies. They make a post like normal, only the post would have to be approved before it goes on the board (lag time of a few hours). After x number of legit posts, they are no longer screened.

I would be more than happy to volunteer to be a "screener" for new member posts. I'm usually on here 4-5 times a week; if not every day.

If 3 or 4 of us could be designated by James as mods with limited privileges, there would be very little lag for the honest new users.

asudavew 10-08-2008 04:41 PM

Re: Spammers
Seems like that would work Ken.
I'm on most days too, so I wouldn't mind helping out.

How's the cooking going Ken. Did you check out James new bread?
Looks awesome and easy too!

I'm gonna give it a go this weekend.
Have you been using your oven every weekend?


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