Secondary spambot control measures

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Battou, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It seems to me I had to fill a bot prevention box during registry, But I have found yet another set of spam threads.

    Out of curiosity, Have you considered setting the post new thread permissions to a required post count, only allowing new threads to be started by users who have reached the minimum post requirement, or restricting new users to a specified aria?

    For example, say a five or ten post minimum before new users are permitted to make new threads, and/or restricting new users to say "Cafe TPF" until they have a few posts under their belts.

    I've seen it work rather effectively in the reduction of standard issue spam on a similar sized if not larger forum.
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure that would help, because then the SPAMers would just post their replies into existing threads...which makes it harder (more of a PITA) to get rid of.

    Also, it seams that most of our new members come here with a specific question in mind, and if they were not allowed to post right away, they might just forget it and move on.

    I agree, SPAM is a problem. Usually our Mod team and the 'spam cops' do a good job of getting rid of it...but we can't get all of them right away.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Also, when you see spam, please just report it, rather than replying to it. When a spammer does manage to make multiple posts, we can easily move all their posts into the trashcan....but if there are any replies to those posts, they become disembodied posts/thread and have to be removed. So when there are replies, it's a little bit of extra work to get rid of them.
     
  4. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Yep, I'll echo what Big Mike said.

    Also, setting a limit on how many posts you have to have before you can start a new thread sort of defeats the purpose of having an Introductions forum.
     
  5. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Understood, The specific question thing failed to cross my mind when I posted that, despite the fact I did just that when I came here. Never hurts to make the thought known.


    Sorry, I'll keep my fun to a minimum, I did not realize vBulletin was that much different from phpBB in that reguard. When we delete a thread it's gone responses and all with two mouse clicks. I should have realized some thing was different when my post count wasn't dropping like I expected.

    Not necessarily, but Big Mike coverd the point well enough so there is no need to worry about it further.
     
  6. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Is there a 'report' option I'm not seeing?

    How do we report a spam post?
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Under the user information (post count etc) there are icons. The 'yield sign' with the exclamation is the 'report post button'.
     
  8. skieur

    skieur TPF Noob!

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    The "yield sign" to report post however only appears after you post a message on both yours and the other posts.

    skieur
     
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    I'm guessing it's just not loading for you, because it is there regardless of whether or not you post.
     

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