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« on: May 11, 2006, 11:26:44 AM »
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Looks like the forum is getting spammed more and more.  Right now there are 2 in the "About this Site" forum.  

Is there a security flaw that's allowing this to happen?  Or is it just inevitable when a site gets popular?
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 11:30:40 AM »
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...Is there a security flaw that's allowing this to happen? Or is it just inevitable when a site gets popular?
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It's easy to register, then write a couple of spam posts.... then register under a new name and ...
That's the modern life, unfortunately!  
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006, 12:33:05 PM »
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It's easy to register, then write a couple of spam posts.... then register under a new name and ...
That's the modern life, unfortunately! 
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Man.. I wish I had that kind of free time!


..oh wait.. no I don't -- that would make my life hollow, empty, and pathetic! (said the man writing this very post) YAY for having no time for anything! Now someone pay me $80 through Pay Pal
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 03:15:37 PM »
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I've been deleting their acccounts and banning the IP addresses.

If it becomes a bigger problem I'm going to have to institute a system of requiring new users to register and for me to validate their accounts. A hassle for me and for everyone else.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006, 04:52:08 PM »
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when i signed up, i can't remember if there was one of those authenticate by typing in "the letters you see in the box" options?

i wonder if that would help?  though, i don't know if it's costly or what?

EDIT:  i just tried creating a new account, it had the image authentication. wow, i'm surprised that doesn't help.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2006, 05:34:07 PM »
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EDIT:  i just tried creating a new account, it had the image authentication. wow, i'm surprised that doesn't help.

That only works for spamming 'robots' - computers that are setup to send out spam messages and create accounts automatically.  Doesn't work if an actual person signs in.  I've been a moderator on a couple of lists where new members were 'moderated', meaning that one of the moderators had to read and approve their messages before they were posted to the list.  It works, but can be a bit draconian depending on the moderators, and can be very time intensive...

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2006, 05:47:10 PM »
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That only works for spamming 'robots' - computers that are setup to send out spam messages and create accounts automatically.  Doesn't work if an actual person signs in.  I've been a moderator on a couple of lists where new members were 'moderated', meaning that one of the moderators had to read and approve their messages before they were posted to the list.  It works, but can be a bit draconian depending on the moderators, and can be very time intensive...
Mike.
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Same experience here, and these spam posters do seem to be remotely human, so you'll need coverage from enough moderators in a set of time zones. Come to think of it, a couple of former Rob Galbraith moderators can be relied upon to enthusiastically delete such posts....
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2006, 06:20:58 PM »
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that's a bummer. and LOL on the RG thing!
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