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Gorque
03-24-2007, 07:27 PM
How many new spam threads does the MWO forums receive per day?

mk10
03-25-2007, 04:25 AM
How many new spam threads does the MWO forums receive per day?

You would think that the spammers would learn... they should know by now that their posts only stay up for a few hours at the most. The moderators do an excellent job of keeping this place clean and uncluttered. So, to the mods, I'd like to say "thanks, your hard work is greatly appreciated."

Bill O
03-25-2007, 08:24 AM
Probably a dozen or two. Most of the spammers get banned before they ever post any comments. They stick out like sore thumbs. It would be nice to get a more secure registration feature so spammers had a harder time signing up.

Gorque
03-25-2007, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the reply Bill. :) I was curious as it seems to me that MWO is having more than it's share of them.

Bill O
03-25-2007, 04:54 PM
I don't think MWO has more than normal. It just has less regular activity so the spam stands out.

Gorque
03-25-2007, 05:55 PM
I disagree. Two forums I frequent many times a day disallow the use of free email accounts, require email verification and require new users to type back what is written. I've only seen one spammer, on one of them, in the last six months, whereas MWO seems to have an inordinate amount of them. IMHO, of course. :D

SDB777
03-25-2007, 09:29 PM
Just did a 'report' on one. MusicRingTones stuff......

Scott (I do admin duties at another) B

Bill O
03-25-2007, 09:41 PM
I disagree. Two forums I frequent many times a day disallow the use of free email accounts, require email verification and require new users to type back what is written. I've only seen one spammer, on one of them, in the last six months, whereas MWO seems to have an inordinate amount of them. IMHO, of course. :D

Your third verification would be helpful. Free email accounts wouldn't stop much. Most of our spam comes from strange email extensions. Not hotmail or yahoo. Plus, too many people use free email accounts...like me.

mk10
03-26-2007, 03:34 AM
How about if a new sign-up is asked a basic MWO or mountaineering question; something that anyone with a legitimate interest in this forum would obviously know or could easily find out.

Questions like:
Give me the name of any one trail heading up to the summit?
The spike-like attachments that climbers fasten to their boots are called what?

Or maybe even multiple choice like:
What state is MWO located in? A) Vermont B) New Hampshire C) New England D) Washington

HikerBob
03-26-2007, 06:15 AM
On this note - does it help to use the 'report this post' feature on new spam posts or is it redundant?

Bob

Bill O
03-26-2007, 08:06 AM
On this note - does it help to use the 'report this post' feature on new spam posts or is it redundant?

Bob

For me its redundant, but it may help the other administrators. Generally, if I'm online I'm checking the forum so I'll see the spam. So when a report gets sent to my email I just have to do two things. Check my email than check the spam.

Bill O
03-26-2007, 08:07 AM
How about if a new sign-up is asked a basic MWO or mountaineering question; something that anyone with a legitimate interest in this forum would obviously know or could easily find out.

Questions like:
Give me the name of any one trail heading up to the summit?
The spike-like attachments that climbers fasten to their boots are called what?

Or maybe even multiple choice like:
What state is MWO located in? A) Vermont B) New Hampshire C) New England D) Washington

I've seen a system where the user has to get a secret code from a particular thread. Anyone who could read can figure it out, but it deters spammers because its one extra step and it can't be automated.

Patrad Fischroy
03-26-2007, 09:00 AM
I've seen a system where the user has to get a secret code from a particular thread. Anyone who could read can figure it out, but it deters spammers because its one extra step and it can't be automated.


That system seems to work fairly well, at least it requires a human to look at it and type the response. Although spammer and human are not generally terms that I use together

Brad
03-27-2007, 08:30 PM
Please ban http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/member.php?u=1061

Gorque
03-28-2007, 08:49 AM
Please ban http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/member.php?u=1061
You've gotten a p.m. also? I didn't check the supplied link form kaneweber.

Bill O
03-28-2007, 09:14 AM
Spammers are sending PM's now?

rockin rex
03-28-2007, 01:24 PM
Yep he sent me a private e-mail also. New twist on the spam.

davidhowland14
03-28-2007, 05:30 PM
Yep he sent me a private e-mail also. New twist on the spam.

well, not really. ;) forum spam is really the new twist.

Steve M
03-28-2007, 08:55 PM
I got a PM from Kaneweber also, all he said was that he is new to the forum and hello. :p

Brad
03-29-2007, 06:33 AM
You've gotten a p.m. also? I didn't check the supplied link form kaneweber.
Yes, I got a PM also.

Rich
03-29-2007, 09:38 AM
I got it too...what a waste of time to PM everyone!

tkahike
03-30-2007, 04:36 AM
It was received, I was so over joyed that someone wanted to talk to me, that I replied with many messages, yet no more have come from him.:rolleyes::D

Very sad.:p

AlpineHikerFan71
04-02-2007, 11:07 AM
You've gotten a p.m. also? I didn't check the supplied link form kaneweber.
Hey guys,
I got it too, just got it this morning, but havent opened it, wasnt sure what it could be. I deleted it.

Bill O
04-02-2007, 11:16 AM
Hey guys,
I got it too, just got it this morning, but havent opened it, wasnt sure what it could be. I deleted it.

I banned him last week. Did he just send it?

AlpineHikerFan71
04-02-2007, 11:18 AM
I banned him last week. Did he just send it?
sorry Bill,
I shouldve mentioned it in the post, no it was from March 27 or somewhere around there. I just got a new computer so it was saved I guess until I got back online here with MWO
Missed you guys

Steve M
04-28-2007, 07:43 AM
Another spammer- ErikHopl- posting porn in our forums! I think he should be given the boot!

Steve M
05-06-2007, 11:13 PM
Another spammer- ErikHopl- posting porn in our forums! I think he should be given the boot!

If you saw this post from ErikHopl and clicked on the links he had posted you will want to run a virus scan on your system. I am almost positive that was the purpose of his post, to infect other peoples systems.

Mike D
05-07-2007, 12:49 PM
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. If these spammer-bots are smart, they're avoiding administrators and moderators to avoid being banned. So if you get an unsolicited PM containing a link that you deem suspicious, please forward it to me and/or Bill O. Thanks.

Gorque
05-20-2007, 07:20 PM
Since the spammers like to include links and pictures in their postings and as the spammers are usually one and done, has any consideration been given to disallowing the use of links and pictures until a poster reaches a level of say 5 or 10 posts. Or even tightening the above idea further by requiring the above and then being granted an elevated user account by an admin, that would allow for the posting of links and pictures.

Just a thought.

Steve M
05-20-2007, 10:32 PM
That sounds like a good idea.

Bill, can you tell what the IP address of these spammers are. If so are they reoccuring? My question would be is this the same person who just keeps changing his username each time he is banned? My guess is that you have the ability to ban the IP address and not just the user.