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

Tue Mar 13 07:19:01 PDT 2012

Don't allow people to create their own accounts- end of problem. It's a lot easier for an admin to create an account than to maintain an ongoing routine of purging spammers and their spam.

 From: Ellery Weber <EMAIL HIDDEN>
To: InEugene <EMAIL HIDDEN> 
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: [EMS Discuss] The "official" forum is getting spammed

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.
>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
>>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.
>>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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