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More spam since switch?

Discussion in 'Site Discussion / Suggestions' started by Hunter, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    Anyone else noticed spam popping up more often since the switch the XenForo?

    Anything we can do about it?
     
  2. JohnDoe641

    JohnDoe641 Killer Fools Pro Staff Member

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    I wish there was something that we can do, the first page for me is literally all deleted spam threads. :(
     
  3. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Seems like it for sure. There are more steps we can take but I'm not sure how they are getting around Google's Captcha system.
     
  4. _Lynx

    _Lynx Strategic Military Services Staff Member

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    Guess why UE4 and UT forums have premoderation? India spam farms.
     
  5. Al

    Al Reaper

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    I'm JD's spam assistant :D
     
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  6. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Does that mean all posts from new posters are moderated?
     
  7. _Lynx

    _Lynx Strategic Military Services Staff Member

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    Yes. They were looking for other automated options, but in the end this was the only solution.
     
  8. Syri

    Syri Who are you calling short?

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    I have some suggestions that might help, either one or more, depending what can be configured:
    1. The first post, or maybe first couple of posts, have to be approved by a moderator before any more posts can be made, and before the first ones show up.
    2. Users with less than x posts can't include URLs in the post.
    3. Users with less than x posts can only reply to posts, but not make a new post.
     
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  9. _Lynx

    _Lynx Strategic Military Services Staff Member

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    № 1 Solved all the spam problem on UT forums. In all the time just two spam posts came through, but I think that's more due to moderator attention slipping. Pretty much when pre-mod came in effect the mass spam stopped in just a couple of days. Spammers understood that it's just useless to try there.
     
  10. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Clean Talk Anti-Spam and Stop Forum Spam sites sometimes provide add-ons for forums that filter out suspect or robot spammers and then list them to have their registration approved.

    I suppose this becomes a form of pre-moderation and therefore more heavy lifting from mods and admins.

    But yes; there is definitely a shitload more spammers being registered here than ever before.
     
  11. Al

    Al Reaper

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    Yeah, it's an everyday thing now with the spam. I definitely agree with Syri's ideas. Hopefully Brizz or someone will implement them. :)
     
  12. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah, I think I'm going to add some restrictions like having the first few posts moderated. We already have SFS and some other Antispam thing running but they only catch about 25% of the spammers signing up right now.
     
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  13. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    More spammers need to read Manticore's sig before posting...LOL.
     
  14. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Hey mate! How are you! :rockon:
     

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