forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

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devin
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forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

Postby devin » 09 Jul 2017, 18:00

just noticing the obvious-- the forum is being ruined by spammers... time to turn off new registrations till a long-term solution is found?

some ideas:

limit posts to 1 per day for unverfied new members

change the security questions so spam-bots can't automatically make new accounts

rew
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Joined: 25 Mar 2016, 12:29
Location: Delft, Netherlands.

Re: forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

Postby rew » 10 Jul 2017, 07:16

Today there were 70 new accounts with around 700 posts. I deleted the 70 accounts with all their posts. I wouldn't be less work if each had only one post. So that's not a solution for me.

There are currently about two important strains of spam polluting the forum. The biggest one posts messages in batches of 12.

parasole
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Re: forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

Postby parasole » 12 Jul 2017, 16:41

I agree, new user registration to be disabled, at list for a while...

devin
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Re: forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

Postby devin » 12 Jul 2017, 18:17

the latest spammer's accounts were created back on july 3rd and 8th though before the new security measure
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rew
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Location: Delft, Netherlands.

Re: forum ruined by spammers - no new members till resolved?

Postby rew » 12 Jul 2017, 18:47

Benjamin promised to do something, and it seems he did. The spam levels dropped enormously. I can now afford to delete the spammer accounts again.


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