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Ridiculous Spam Levels


rvalkass

We've always had to deal with a low level of spam. Fine. There's nothing you can do about people making accounts and copy-and-pasting advertising by hand. Recently, however, the levels of spam have sky-rocketed. While it's possible that it could be being done by hand, the fact that every post is made from a different account with a different IP address suggests this is a coordinated attack from a botnet of some sort.Is there any chance we can get the registration process changed to prevent automated signups? Ordinarily I wouldn't be particularly bothered, but some of the pornographic spam getting through is downright disgusting and I therefore cannot visit these forums any more in a public place (such as at University or on my laptop in town), which hampers my abilities to do other moderating tasks.


Kubi

Unfortunately I think the issue lies within the software. I've experienced the same spam issues with softwares such as vBulletin and Joomla on websites that aren't even active. I'm not even sure how you'd block this as they've seem to find away to register, bypass captcha and the email verification system...


velma

Actually, it was due to the captcha.. Opa initially decided to remove the captcha since it was a pain to use(don't deny it... That one was bad ) but after members reported to him about the spam, he confirmed that the fault was mainly due to the lack of captcha but not entirely its fault.He is working on the feedbacker script day and night to finetune it against spam better because he did notice some spam come through the feedbacker. But I would recommend members send tickets instead of mailing Opa since a support admin can be assigned the job of getting feedback and following through with the issue via phone calls or meetings .


rvalkass

Actually, it was due to the captcha.. Opa initially decided to remove the captcha since it was a pain to use(don't deny it... That one was bad ) but after members reported to him about the spam, he confirmed that the fault was mainly due to the lack of captcha but not entirely its fault.
He is working on the feedbacker script day and night to finetune it against spam better because he did notice some spam come through the feedbacker. But I would recommend members send tickets instead of mailing Opa since a support admin can be assigned the job of getting feedback and following through with the issue via phone calls or meetings .


I checked today and there is a CAPTCHA required to create a new account. However, the spammers are either bypassing this entirely, or are managing to OCR the CAPTCHA, to create accounts automatically. Most of the spam that reaches the forums is coming from registered accounts rather than the iGuest user. Is there any chance the CAPTCHA can be swapped for a different one that a computer has less chance of getting right automatically?

velma

Yeah. Shree had initially removed the captcha and then after the spam reports started filling in, he added it again. The thing is that he is still working on the script for Xisto and is currently in another state for some professional events so it might take a little longer :(But I will make sure to remind him



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