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Postby Phil » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:27 am

We seem to be getting quite a few of these recently :(

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Re: Spammers

Postby Steve » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:58 pm

Yes, which is why I've now enabled the option that admin need to activate accounts. I'll leave it that way for a while.

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Re: Spammers

Postby ziggy » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:27 pm

I am led to believe that spammers are employing humans - very cheaply - to get past CAPTCHA and similar. Very little one can do about that right now.

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Re: Spammers

Postby Phil » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:43 pm

ziggy wrote:I am led to believe that spammers are employing humans - very cheaply - to get past CAPTCHA and similar. Very little one can do about that right now.


Thats been happening for a long time now, it was at least three years ago that I first read a report about indian call centre workers being paid to do captcha's whilst on the phone or whilst waiting for calls. Still as you say, not much can be done about that.

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Re: Spammers

Postby Steve » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:18 pm

ziggy wrote:I am led to believe that spammers are employing humans - very cheaply - to get past CAPTCHA and similar. Very little one can do about that right now.


It was for that reason I made the registration question dependent upon having local knowledge or requiring them to go and google for the answer - which I wrongly assumed they wouldn't bother doing.

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Re: Spammers

Postby Dan B » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:05 am

I don't know if the facility is available or not (there may be some kind of forum software mod) but perhaps it would be possible to decline posts containing links, or at least to flag them for moderator attention, when from people with low post counts.

See e.g. viewtopic.php?p=521943#p521943 (homeopathic nail fungus remover, wtf?)

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Re: Spammers

Postby ziggy » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:04 pm

I'm getting rather a lot of "activate user account" emails, which I assume Steve and Naomi are getting too. This is proving a tad annoying, so I'm wondering what else we can chuck in there to alleviate this issue.

Like blocking China's IP range, etc...

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Re: Spammers

Postby Doug » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:47 pm

There must surely be an aggregator of offending IPs/ISPs for this kind of thing?

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Re: Spammers

Postby Wild Phil » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:33 am

quite a lot of forums make people wait 24 hours after registering before they can make a post. that might help..?


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