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M_Six
05-26-2007, 09:49 PM
Are there moderators here who can approve new members? I've run forums before and found it essential to have someone (or a trusted group) approve new memberships. It can be done quickly and easily through email, and it keeps out the spam bots.

Steve M
05-26-2007, 10:33 PM
We Have An Awesome Moderator. His Name Is Bill O. He Is Away Until June 4th But When He Is Here He Stays On Top Of The Spammers. This Site Is Generally Very Clean.

Steve M
05-26-2007, 10:51 PM
I'm sorry, I forgot to mention Fifteendays, who is also one of our awesomely talented moderators, busily crushing spam under his mouse.;)

M_Six
05-27-2007, 12:25 AM
Good deal. Everyone needs a vacation now and then. I'm about due for one myself. :p

Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 02:38 AM
I can't believe some of the filth that some of these fools get to sneak in on us here.

I told my wife that I found a very cool hiking forum called the MWO. I said it had great people on it with interesting stories mostly to do with hiking and climbing. She logged on a few days ago....the day that sick-o had about three threads going all at once about porn, and my wife said, wow Joe, very interesting site. I had to explain to her that that's not the norm here, it was just a spammer. I was pretty embarrassed to say the least!

Steve M
05-27-2007, 07:23 AM
When Bill gets back all that JUNK won't stand a chance. He is on enough to keep things clean. In the mean time if you look closely at the name of the spammer, most of the time you can tell they are bogus.

rockin rex
05-27-2007, 07:41 AM
See that in white mountain hikes forum spam has been attached to Magic Mountain Dry River trip report. I thought it very interesting that this post came to the top and so I checked it out. Sure enough spam is attached. When they attach it to existing threads it is harder to pull it out.

Steve M
05-27-2007, 07:52 AM
See that in white mountain hikes forum spam has been attached to Magic Mountain Dry River trip report. I thought it very interesting that this post came to the top and so I checked it out. Sure enough spam is attached. When they attach it to existing threads it is harder to pull it out.
I see what you mean, at least that one wasn't pornographic, just annoying!

Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 08:22 AM
In the mean time if you look closely at the name of the spammer, most of the time you can tell they are bogus.
I know. I can usually pick out the jerks, but my wife had no idea.

Why the heck are they here? The MWO! haha
It's kinda stupid of them isn't it? :rolleyes:

I have a MySpace account, being a musician and hiker.
I set it up letting who ever looks at my page, that I'm here
to meet musicians and hikers. I've met some great people.
But there's always the dumb porn fool that tries to slim his or
her way in. There's so many people wasting their time on
this planet, when they can be doing other more productive
things with their lives......
"Such Fools"! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/Symbols/buttkick.gif

Steve M
05-27-2007, 08:35 AM
Yes, it is amazing how many people are out there just wasting time doing thing like that. I would think that the majority of them are kids, sitting around the house, bored to death and finding things to do they think is funny, like spamming a hiking site?

Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 08:50 AM
Yes, it is amazing how many people are out there just wasting time doing thing like that. I would think that the majority of them are kids, sitting around the house, bored to death and finding things to do they think is funny, like spamming a hiking site?

It seems like we just got a new fool on the site Steve.

M_Six
05-27-2007, 11:49 AM
Most of these come from spam bots that automatically join a forum and post just one thread. I'd like to know how they get past the visual key part of registering, though. My wife runs a job site and they have several levels of security, yet still she gets tons of spam posts. My blog gets hit by spam bots hundreds of times per day and if it weren't for my spam filtering program, my blog would be inundated with spam comments. It's a never ending battle.

One way to stop spammers is to have a group of trusted users available to approve all new registrations. You can always tell a spammer because they list their spam website as their homepage in their profile. Sometimes individual approvals delay a new user being able to post for a few hours at most, but anyone who is serious about wanting to be here will understand.

Steve M
05-27-2007, 03:06 PM
That's a good point and has come up in discussions here before. I think the thread is called "spammers" and is in this category. Anyway, I have also made aware my interest in helping out in keeping spam off this site. Who knows, maybe we can be enlisted one day.