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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Slamming the door on Spammers.
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 30, 2021, 11:54:17 PM »
I'm tempted to make a honeypot website just to help create my own anti-spam systems... could be a fun project.

Let me know if you do.

One reason I don't use the best of the recommended anti-spammer systems is I found them too complicated to use.

So if you can come up with something effective which is also easy to use with the forum, I'd be happy to test it.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Slamming the door on Spammers.
« Last post by Matthew on October 30, 2021, 11:49:00 PM »
Thanks for your efforts and thanks for letting us know.

From my past experience, I wouldn't worry too much about banning IPs. Most of them are compromised servers, not residential IP addresses.

I remember in the past when I ran a public forum it was a nightmare trying to find spam plugins that were effective. I'm tempted to make a honeypot website just to help create my own anti-spam systems... could be a fun project.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Slamming the door on Spammers.
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 30, 2021, 08:18:51 PM »
Up until now I've been just taking spammer activity as junk you have to deal with.

But I've a very bad day today, and I've lost patience.

The last spammer had the entire IP address banned. As in 188.everything.

Most of the spam is coming out of Russia, mainly SEO peddlers using us to build links for search engines. Or porn.

As far as I'm aware, Auslander is the only member from that region, and I have his IP recorded.

The rest are going to get IP banned as I see them now.

If you hear of anyone who suddenly can't get in, let me know. I'll try not to get people blocked, but it might happen by accident.

IP banning is never a good thing, but there is a point where you just slam the door. And I reached it today.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by Dusty on September 25, 2021, 05:55:44 PM »
Gotcha. I'll do that.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 25, 2021, 05:48:20 PM »
I got two in the last couple days from a "ChaCooro" and they're selling dynamic and rotary proxies. I'm not sure how to forward PMs.

There won't be anymore from that username.

Best way to send to me would be to quote it for reply, then copy the whole quote, cancel the reply, and paste that into a pm to me.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by Dusty on September 25, 2021, 05:36:26 PM »
I got two in the last couple days from a "ChaCooro" and they're selling dynamic and rotary proxies. I'm not sure how to forward PMs.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 25, 2021, 01:28:08 PM »
Can you restrict PMs to users that have 10 or more posts?

In theory, yes.

But I can't see where at the moment. I'll see what I can find about doing it.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on September 25, 2021, 12:34:55 PM »
Can you restrict PMs to users that have 10 or more posts?
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Let me know if you get unsolicited sales PMs
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 25, 2021, 12:21:59 PM »
It's come to my attention that a recent registration I'd marked as a potential spammer has instead sent out sales PMs for stuff unrelated to being an author.

If you get any of these in the future, please send me a copy of the PM if possible, or at least the username and what they are selling.

I'm not going to allow the forum to be spammed through PMs. But since PMs are completely private, I rely on you to report them so I can take action.

I had wondered what some of these registrations were for, and PM spam hadn't occurred to me.

Now I know, let's stamp on the practice immediately it happens.
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Forum Announcements [Public] / Re: Need a buck...
« Last post by notthatamanda on August 28, 2021, 12:57:02 AM »
I realized that eventually, but Al's pretty cool so I'm happy to give him the sale and the minute rank boost. Maybe I'll read it eventually, I could use a funny book.
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