[EMS Discuss] The "official" forum is getting spammed

Ellery Weber EMAIL HIDDEN
Mon Mar 12 22:40:54 PDT 2012


did asd123, achsoo, waligators2013 get verified as users?


--- Ellery Weber


On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM, InEugene <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> If you look at the "homepages" they've set up. It's pretty obvious they
> are spam accounts. There have been three additional accounts created since
> my initial email. The captcha doesn't seem to be helping. Fully 1/3 of the
> accounts are now fake spam accounts. When the spammer creates an account on
> that forum they also have access to our first and last names. Not critical
> but I tried to change the name on my account from Nathan Worth to NathanW
> and somehow I now have two accounts. I'm curious on how the spammers got to
> your forum so fast. I would assume mine would have been hit because they
> are hosted on a free forum site, but I've had no problems. Feel free to
> take a look, you'll have to create an account to do so though as I have
> only general discussion open to non-members and nothing open to guests.
>
> http://eugenemakerspace.**freeforums.org/<http://eugenemakerspace.freeforums.org/>
>
> -N
>
>
>
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> On 3/12/2012 6:43 PM, Mr. Clif wrote:
>
>> That's interesting, thanks for pointing that out Nathan. Yes those
>> accounts did get created but I only see that
>> asd123 tried to post anything, and that was caught in the moderation
>> queue as it should be. I'm looking for the other's messages but it says
>> zero.
>>
>> As we discussed before we can adjust the number of messages someone must
>> send that must be approved by the moderator. I'm not sure about this but
>> wouldn't it be cool if that number of posts had to be actually approved
>> before they could get out of the "moderation box". If true, then the
>> spamers could only create accounts which will eventually be cleaned up
>> like so much garbage. Additionally it's possible delete all of someones
>> posts with their account but that may not even be necessary.
>>
>> Well as far as tradeoffs go, allowing genuine users easy account
>> creation may be worth the trouble of deleting unused spam accounts once
>> in awhile. There shouldn't be that many because there is a captcha test.
>> On the other hand, there is a point of moderation either way. The
>> Moderators either have to approve accounts or approve posts. I've found
>> that asking them to fill out a form item like say "What are your
>> interests" Doesn’t always work. eg, James didn't and I had to ask him if
>> that account with a different email address was actually him. So.... It
>> might be easier to just wait and see what their first post is.
>>
>> Clif
>>
>> InEugene wrote:
>>
>>> Looks like spam 7 accounts were created. Only one new post by one of
>>> the spam accounts. 2 Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday, 2 today. Odd, the
>>> links they posted are mostly German. No spam on the "unofficial"
>>> forums I created. Neither accounts nor posts. Not sure why that is.
>>>
>>> - Nathan
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