Now they have found us :(

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HanduMan
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Now they have found us :(

Postby HanduMan » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:23 pm

It has been on my mind to ask the admins of this forum about how are you keeping the spammers out...but it just took a while for them to find this site?

In another forum that I am administering I set new registrations to be activated by admins. I didn't want to but had no choise. It was a year ago. Since then I have received 5305 notifications about new registrations. And activated 64.

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Re: Now they have found us :(

Postby Caedo » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:04 pm

I don't think that's a good thing for public forums like this one. Smaller forums, like for a specific clan where you have to write an application and everything, ok, but it wouldn't be that good for this big forum. I'm not sure how to keep the spambots out though. I guess reporting and banning is the best way at first.
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Re: Now they have found us :(

Postby Arbogast » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:26 pm

Spaming? Here? I haven't noticed anything...

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Re: Now they have found us :(

Postby Caedo » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:45 pm

Arbogast wrote:Spaming? Here? I haven't noticed anything...

This here. Not really spamming in that way, but advertising. Off-topic stuff with a link to a website somewhere in it. A different forum I'm on is visited by spambots all the time, and as far as I can tell, that thread is a spambot's work.
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Re: Now they have found us :(

Postby HanduMan » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:27 pm

Caedo wrote:
Arbogast wrote:Spaming? Here? I haven't noticed anything...

This here. Not really spamming in that way, but advertising. Off-topic stuff with a link to a website somewhere in it. A different forum I'm on is visited by spambots all the time, and as far as I can tell, that thread is a spambot's work.

Also this one, I'm afraid. Seems so innocent but could really be posted in any forum. Nothing in it relates to this forum. I don't know what the purpose of it is but I've seen a lot of those before.

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Re: Now they have found us :(

Postby cazfi » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:32 pm

HanduMan wrote:
Caedo wrote:
Arbogast wrote:Spaming? Here? I haven't noticed anything...

This here. Not really spamming in that way, but advertising. Off-topic stuff with a link to a website somewhere in it. A different forum I'm on is visited by spambots all the time, and as far as I can tell, that thread is a spambot's work.

Also this one, I'm afraid. Seems so innocent but could really be posted in any forum. Nothing in it relates to this forum. I don't know what the purpose of it is but I've seen a lot of those before.

It's soome kind of first wave of spam, probably testing how spam prevention here works. Once that kind of messages get through, mass spamming with real spam starts (I've seen that development before).