spam wave: handfull bots doing ~170 replies: short term considerations

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spam wave: handfull bots doing ~170 replies: short term considerations

Post by SexySurgical » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:18 pm

Thanks for all the reporting throughout the weeks.*

We are having trouble installing good anti-bot measures, and since I don't have full admin capabilities, we have to wait it out till R0mmie returns by next weekend.
I might do gross domain banning in the meantime or instate a post approval mechanism for new users (who might or might not be bots).

Please report the most obnoxious, troublesome, hindering posts via the [!] button, however I can spot them almost always from a mile away in the Unread Posts lists, or whatever sub forum listing.
All removal is manual, so new users w/ names somewhat akin to spambots (JohnDoe w/ no spaces for example) need not worry.


Those w/ sufficient Mod capabilities: please move the stuff to the Spam Analysis subboard in Moderator Area.
Do not delete any username/email/IP as we need this statistical info for automatic pre-banning (which however needs to be entered manually :ugeek: :lmao: ).
(You can however ban and deactivate accounts.)

SexySurgical wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:13 pm
I will get back on this shortly. Just removed 988 threads of spam, some of more than 1 reply. We had a handful of spambot all using outlook.com email addresses posting ~170 threads & replies...
* reports are deleted when the reported post gets deleted. Also there's no direct PM button, so I will rarely if ever respond.
compose intricate posts somewhere else to not sorta "memory hole" them (when losing connection after hitting submit).

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Re: spam wave: handfull bots doing ~170 replies: short term considerations

Post by SexySurgical » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:10 am

I found a simple way to block all e-mail addresses, simply enter the universal wildcard charater: *

Message for people trying to register:
SexySurgical wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:07 am
To block a spam wave all e-mail addresses are rejected for new registrations.

Please check back next weekend when we have this sorted out.
compose intricate posts somewhere else to not sorta "memory hole" them (when losing connection after hitting submit).

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Re: spam wave: handfull bots doing ~170 replies: short term considerations

Post by Rommeltje » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:40 pm

We should be safe from spam again.

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