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

Ben Hallert EMAIL HIDDEN
Tue Mar 13 07:40:11 PDT 2012


I endorse this.  At even the most wildly enthusiastic predictions for
the future of the group, this would remain maintainable.

- Ben



On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Laura Harris <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
> 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>
> Cc: EMAIL HIDDEN
> Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [EMS Discuss] The "official" forum is getting spammed
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> did asd123, achsoo, waligators2013 get verified as users?
>
>
> --- Ellery Weber
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> 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/
>
> -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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