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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepe Le Mokko View Post
    Are spammers banned on username or IP?
    Pepe, users are banned by username only.

    It has been discussed (multiple times) to ban by IP level, but ultimately, it was decided that this way would introduce too much "collateral damage", with many innocent users ending up locked out as a result.
    I dare say any spamming bot (or person, if that's the case, but I would doubt it) already has its originating IP address masked through a VPN or something similar?

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by AliGW View Post
    If there are several SPAM posts, just report one and say how many others you have seen in your report
    Trouble is, a lot of the spam is hit & run, with the miscreants making just one spam post per username, then creating another username to make another, similar, spam post, and so on.
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    You are missing my point, I think, Paul, so I probably didn't explain it well enough. What tends to happen is we get a run of one-off SPAM posts, probably posted by the same person or group of people. When this happens (say seven or eight within a couple of minutes), we only really need alerting to one of them - the rest are easy to spot if one has been reported and the others are referred to in that report. Remember, you see them, so why wouldn't we?

    The reason that so many reported posts is a minor problem is that, on top of dealing with the SPAM posts, we also have to mark each and every reported post as solved, as this can't be done as a bulk operation, so it more than doubles the time we have to spend dealing with the problem. Plus it takes you a long time to report them all!

    I hope this better explains my point.
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    If they are one-offs, why not simply move them to a sub- forum invisible to general users and then simply forget about them??
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    I think that plugins can be used, like AutoIt Anti-Spam or something similar. Also Project Honey Pot can be a good option.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Kennedy View Post
    If they are one-offs, why not simply move them to a sub- forum invisible to general users and then simply forget about them??
    Because that doesn't stop them coming back and posting more spam under the same username.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    The key word in my comment was one-offs. If they are one-offs, they probably don't even record their passwords.... However, if the spam is moved rapidly (and I mean rapidly) moved to a sub-forum where the spammer (and the normal user) can no longer see/access them... where's the issue? No need to mark as solved, no need to ban the spammer, just ignore them. they'll get bored and pi$$ off (maybe).

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Dont most spam pots post in the first forum they find?

    It could be worth creating a new forum group which is placed at the top of the forum list but named so users know not to bother with it.

    Chances are most of the spam will be posted in there and not cause an issue to the general users. Mods can then just work through that board when they get a chance rather than having to react to the posting.
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Kennedy View Post
    The key word in my comment was one-offs. If they are one-offs
    You seem to be missing my point that you don't know they're on-offs unless they never post again...
    Besides which, what you're suggesting is actually more work than banning them from the outset.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Quote Originally Posted by pjwhitfield View Post
    Dont most spam pots post in the first forum they find?
    Some of those responsible for the recent spate go through multiple forums, making a spam post in each. Some do that under the one username; others seem to change username for each post.

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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    There does seem to be a spate of them now and then. I logged in and banned 6 or 7 spam posts (different ID'), answered a few Q's, read this thread, and I updated the thread list, there were 4 more.

    To be honest, I dont even bother to check IP's or really even names now, I just click and ban
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    Re: Spam, spam, spam, spam...wonderful spam

    Lots of spamming going on. Spammers must love this site...

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