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Spam prevention: Posts from new users will be filtered for spam

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  • Spam prevention: Posts from new users will be filtered for spam

    Hey all,

    Due to a continued increase in spam, which has ranged from the most subtle to the most *ahem*...graphic, I just activated a filter for posts from new users.

    This will subject new user's first X posts to screening via a stringent third-party spam database, and hopefully weed out the remainder of the spam I can't catch manually.

    If for some reason your posts aren't making it through and you think they should, please send me a PM or email. I expect to have to work out some kinks.

    Thanks.

  • #2
    It's working so far.

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    • #3
      And a good idea. Yesterday's posts were definitely NSFW (not safe for work). Actually they weren't safe for home either. It is a shame that our beloved site got hit that way.

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      • #4
        Bump for not needing to modify this setting for 6 years.

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        • #5
          Perhaps not quite working yet

          Not the kind of spam from this morning but still .. just saw one pop up (from an existing spam user).

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          • #6
            Thanks. Different reasons, but got it too.

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            • #7
              There's another one that just popped up. Seems to be largely throttled at least.

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              • #8
                This one literally asks to be banned under "instruments".

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                • #9
                  Spambots appear to have made a come back .. at a reduced rate though.

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                  • #10
                    Some of the first accounts didn't get banned...I'm keeping an eye on my phone from the road...:/

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                    • #11
                      Still seems to not quite be working. Though, most of the spam posts now show up as "moderated".

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                      • #12
                        Seems to be only one account (slowly) getting through at the moment. Depending on what permissions they get, you might want to just deputize a few more moderators.

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                        • #13
                          Another possibility, at present, is to prohibit the use of non-ASCII unicode characters in new posts, if you have that kind of flexibility...

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                          • #14
                            Looks like the bots are working through the new "300 seconds between two posts" limit.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GenoMax View Post
                              Looks like the bots are working through the new "300 seconds between two posts" limit.
                              It's a lot easier to clean up, though.

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