Please get a handle on the spammers!

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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby Donate321 » 2011-08-18 13:26

Don´t panic too much - it´s not so much a pain as many people make of it. Don´t get me wrong I´m not pro spam - it´s just that I cannot read and hear it anymore how painfull it is to to get an nwanted phone call, an newsletter I never ordered ... it´s just getting used to the fcats of live, go over the "thak´s it was helpful" and turn a phone down from time to time ... relax.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby secipolla » 2011-08-18 13:39

I don't think so, Doris. It's not a matter of being a 'pain'. It's just that if those post aren't deleted and unwise folks click on their links and answer their posts I think this could trigger the spambots to target the site more and more.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby Bulkley » 2011-08-19 16:28

I help moderate another forum that uses phpbb. We recently installed a little script available here that checks each new registrant against a list of known spammers. If he/she is found on the list they get this message:

No soup for you!

It looks like you've been flagged as a spammer. You may not pass.

It works. There is no anti-spam protection that is 100% effective but this one is better than most.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby AMLJ » 2011-08-20 13:40

ComputerBob wrote:
AMLJ wrote:The coach outlet guy spams my blog comments too... Yet I don't care.. I mean, at least he says something related to the post, like "This was very useful, thanks", and that's enough for me not to remove his comments...

In the past 4 years, I've deleted tens out thousands of "This was very useful, thanks" messages that spammers have posted in my blog. That type of message is often posted by automated software, not by live human beings -- which explains why the exact same generic "comment" often appears almost simulateously in several different, completely unrelated blog postings. "This was very useful, thanks" is one of the many generic, complimentary comments that spammers use when they want to fool you into thinking that a human being actually READ and appreciated your postings, so that you won't delete what they've posted. IMHO, such garbage postings have no value and serve no purpose other than to advertise and display a link to the spammer's site, so I always delete them as soon as I see them.

Oh... :) I was totally fooled by this one I gotta say... :mrgreen:
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby Mr James » 2011-08-20 16:57

Very good thread with all important information -thanks. :lol:
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby eric1959 » 2011-08-20 18:41

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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby golinux » 2011-08-21 17:35

Can't you create a filter to block 'herve leger' in the subject, body, username? They are the most frequent spammers on this board.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby Mr James » 2011-08-22 12:45

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Every time I hit "View new posts" I am confronted with a hundred spam infested threads. We need more spam hunters. Come to think of it, we need more staff in general. Pictures of half the members on "the team" are on milk cartons.

Very useful thread - thanks.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby eric1959 » 2011-08-22 13:07

Our newest member carskinderkledi.
Mmmm, that name......
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby Bulkley » 2011-08-22 15:24

eric1959 wrote:Our newest member carskinderkledi.
Mmmm, that name......

Yup. Spammer identified! Just enter that user name in SpamBot Search Tool.

herve leger. Spammer identified!

Do you guys want some help with this? I can throw some time into it. I'd need certain privileges in order to purge spammers. I'd also like that little script I mentioned above installed. It is small and it works.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby dasein » 2011-08-22 16:07

What confuses me the most is that spammers' forum accounts are not immediately nuked from orbit.

This morning, a spammer with 30 or so existing (spam) posts posted three more.

Yes, clearly the CAPTCHA used on this forum is not effective. (And why should it be??) But at least it adds an admittedly small step. Leaving the account intact just makes the spammer's job that much easier.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby eric1959 » 2011-08-23 15:16

So, anything done against it ? Don't hear anything from the admins.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby nomko » 2011-08-23 15:33

eric1959 wrote:So, anything done against it ? Don't hear anything from the admins.


I think you just hit the nail on his head! Looking here: http://forums.debian.net/memberlist.php?mode=group&g=151, just 4 admin's.
Looking here: http://forums.debian.net/memberlist.php?mode=group&g=150 just 3 global moderators.
Looking here: http://forums.debian.net/memberlist.php?mode=group&g=153, just 2 where deltaflyer visit this site the last time on 13th of April this year and 4D696B65 didn't even visit the site??? 2 spamhunters who hasn't visit this forum for a few months or hasn't done it so far!

This is the problem, not enough people who are overseeing things here. This should be solved. Seeing a lot of folks here from around the world i think the admin's and mod's should not only be located in the US, but also be located world wide so that there's always 1 or 2 guys overseeing this forum and can intervene immediatly.
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Re: Please get a handle on the spammers!

Postby eric1959 » 2011-08-23 16:15

New spammer : 0w3cs8roil
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