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Where have all the Spammers gone?

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Where have all the Spammers gone?

Postby Tel » Sun May 27, 2007 8:05 am

I don't think I should really be writing this, as there is nothing worse than tempting fate, but there hasn't been much spammer activity lately and I haven't had to delete any posts or ban any IP addresses for over a week now.

Ok, maybe they don't see this small forum as worth their while posting in, which suits me just fine. Or maybe the double opt-in is actually working by cutting down the amount of them bothering to register new bogus email addresses that they need to get in. Well good.

I just read in a UK national newspaper that a charity website was recently hi-jacked by spammers. The site was dedicated to the missing 3 year old girl who was snatched from her holiday apartment in Portugal. Ok, the owners of the site were a little naive in allowing just anyone to post comments, but almost as soon as it went on the air, some nice lowlife posted a load of porn links and pictures.

What is it with these people? Don't they have a shred of conscience? Don't they realise that most of the world really aren't interested in their crap?

Maybe someone should come along and hack into THEIR damn sites and replace all the porn with pictures of flowers or something. Or spam their email accounts with Jehovah Witness messages or somesuch!

Now that would be a beautiful irony...

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now... 8)
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Re: Where have all the Spammers gone?

Postby Oosha » Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:16 pm



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Postby Tel » Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:21 pm

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Postby Tel » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:08 pm

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Postby Oosha » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:35 pm

Yippieee :D (not telling why I am so thrilled..figure it out)


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Postby Tel » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:10 pm

Hahahahaha! You got one!!!! :lol:

Welcome to the club!!!
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Postby Tel » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:48 pm

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Postby Tel » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:49 pm

This should be good news for everyone - or maybe take some of the fun out of being a mod...

You may notice a drop in spammer activity here as well as I have installed a modification to the membership process - new members now have to have been members for at least two days and have posted a minimum of two real posts before the forum will let them post links (although they can still have links in their sigs).

What that means for spammers is they will have to hang around and be nice - something I'm sure they won't bother to do - and as I'm in here every day, that gives me time to ban them if I don't like the look of them before their deadline is up and they can post their rotten pictures!

Having said all that, no system is without its faults, so don't be too surprised if one or two of 'em still get through...
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Postby Oosha » Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:13 pm

That sounds good Terry and your thinking makes sense. I doubt if a spammer will be patient enough to hang around being nice.

Good for us, until some smart dude ends up here, only to be kicked out by one of us (memememe). 8)

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Postby Tel » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:17 pm

Its funny, I got a few spam comments on my blog but before I deleted them, I copied the IP address and added it to the banned list in here - and haven't had another spam sign-up since!

Ok, it won't last but it's nice to think I managed to stamp on one for a short while! :twisted:
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Postby Tel » Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:06 am

It's been a few weeks since the last spammer got into the forum to post anything, so I think the anti-spam phpBB code has done it's job marvelously well.

Sorry to you mods - I've robbed you of some fun!! :twisted:

Still, shouldn't crow too soon - there's nothing like tempting fate...
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Postby Oosha » Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:41 pm

You can't do this to me.:(

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Postby magnetize » Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:32 pm

I was pondering this only yesterday myself. Now I know why... :wink:
Hey Usha,
were have you been hiding?

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Postby Tel » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:26 am

Usha's been snowed under with work, but she'll re-surface soon I'm sure.

We're still relatively spammer free, so the software's still holding up well. My job of proactively stemming the tide is also doing the trick.

Every day when I log in, I check the member list and check the profiles of all the new sign-ups - most of them show the tell-tale signs of spammers, so I just delete their links (nearly always porn or pharmaceuticals) and ban them.

Any that try to spam the forum as soon as they sign-up are blocked by the software, so I'm really happy with it.

I've even been a little daring in not banning some new (obvious) spammers to see if they try to post anything (and give you mods something to do! :evil: ) but the two day rule seems to put them off!

Oh well, can't have everything. I'd rather have a clean forum.
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Postby Tel » Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:54 pm

The members number seems to be growing faster of late. It was only a couple of days ago when we went past the 400 mark and already we're up to 450. Unfortunately they're nearly all spammers who are trying to get in.

Ok, the majority of them are just trying to spam their URL in their profile, which I delete as soon as they add it, but it would be nice to see some new "real" members joining up every once in a while!

Oh well, time will tell...
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Postby tam2005 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:46 pm

It's growing nicely Terry. :)

yeah...we all have spammers! :roll: Unfortunately.
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Postby Tel » Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:10 am

What a pain in the arse these spammer are.

They must have gotten a whiff that this forum got it's PR2 pagerank yesterday and went mental. I got around 40 spam sign-ups since the PR hike and just finished deleting all their URL's from their profiles.

Why are they so stupid?

They get nothing for nothing. Just spamming new members with links in their profiles is a waste of time because I have switched off that file in robots.txt file so the search engines don't even read the stupid profiles. :twisted:
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