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Stop the spambots
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:03:18 PM »

Although it is usually not a big issue, spam is a big pain. Would it be possible to add a capitcha to the account creation page?
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 04:38:10 AM »

I for one would sure like to see it stopped much sooner, ever wonder why? Perhaps it could be code and used by terrorists to communicate, my buddy Dan was sitting next to me in the office one day, I got a text from his phone number that did not come from him or his phone, it was garbled much like the spammers do but did mention guns, Katar and a few other suspicious things, we immediately contacted the FBI here in Portland and sent them the text, before I could even send it they were aware of it and had it up. Nothing more was ever said. Point is, moderators before simply deleting them, perhaps it would be a good idea to read them and look for key words, if you find them, Please notify the authorities!
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 06:12:44 AM »

Point is, moderators before simply deleting them, perhaps it would be a good idea to read them and look for key words, if you find them, Please notify the authorities!

For example last night would have been a lot of reading garbled non sensical posts, also it seems Iím the only active moderator atm.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 06:14:52 AM »

I see that, what's up with Slopster and Jwood?
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 06:17:11 AM »

Is there a way that you could be sent an alarm notice with a notification from another member even when you aren't online?
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 08:13:34 PM »

Is there a way that you could be sent an alarm notice with a notification from another member even when you aren't online?

Possibly, I already have notifications set up on this site, they goto my Reagan email, I routinely check emails on my phone, however sometimes when Iím in my tractor I set the phone to Do Not Disturb just so I can get something done. Trying to delete spam and ban the poster from the iPhone while in the field wouldnít be fun at best. To be honest on the other site I moderate I canít log into admin privileges from my smart phone at all.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2015, 05:13:45 AM »

I see that, what's up with Slopster and Jwood?

Actually the other mods were Slopster and Sprinter.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2015, 05:16:59 AM »

Oh yea that's right, my mistake, I haven't seen either of them on here recently, I hope all is ok!
Perhaps it would be wise for admin to ask for volunteers again?
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 12:41:24 PM »

We all can help by reporting spam, another method is block ALL international ip addresses and just make the site a USA site, maybe add Canada if we have Canadian members.

I was talking to an IP guy andhesaid that they are doing this for hospitals now, seems to help.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 02:08:26 PM »

Definately want to leave Canada on board but otherwise that sounds like an excellent idea.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 07:42:12 PM »

We all can help by reporting spam, another method is block ALL international ip addresses and just make the site a USA site, maybe add Canada if we have Canadian members.

I was talking to an IP guy andhesaid that they are doing this for hospitals now, seems to help.

Been doing that with spammers who have registered, problem is still can catch legitimate members in the ban.

Also wouldnít want to turn away new members  just because by a fluke their IP was caught in a ban.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2015, 07:57:20 PM »

A few things Iíve seen for certain that work to stop spam.

1: Anybody is allowed to join but new members first ten posts or replies have to be approved by a moderator before anybody else can see them. This works every time but requires active moderators who are on every day so the new member doesnít get discouraged and leaves.

2: A much more involved registration process can be used with a questionnaire designed to weed out spammers from honest wanna be members. Again requires active moderators.

3: Same registration process is kept but before a member is approved their IP is checked against a site like StopForumSpam to see if itís a clean IP or not, again requires active moderators.

4: Captcha, meh.  Personally I hate those.
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Re: Stop the spambots
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2015, 03:39:06 PM »

As a start I have now required mods to approve posts from new members.
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