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June 19, 2010 10:08:29 PM

Seriously, please IP ban jianmei73 and dingdongh654. These two morons have been spamming the comment section a lot for the past few days.

For example:
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/liquidware-beagle-diy-table...
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Forth-Valley-Royal-Robots-S...
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/quintetto-musical-fish-tank...

Please ban this moron. I'v reported every singe one of those posts and still nothing.

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June 19, 2010 11:49:56 PM

They are both banned in every section of Tom's Hardware. However, we can't moderate Tom's Guide. Which is where those posts are.
June 20, 2010 2:51:46 AM

^ You guys still can't moderate Toms Guides? Why is this issue still not fixed?
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June 20, 2010 3:09:04 AM

I believe that banning them in Tom's Hardware will prevent them from further posting in Tom's Guide. However, we can't remove the posts that they've already posted there.

This is something that has been brought up in the Mod/Admin discussions. There hasn't yet been a resolution though.
June 20, 2010 3:17:26 AM

They've been bugging me for ages but I've dealt with them now. I had to borrow an account that is able to ban from TG comments to do it though.

@aford: We can't stop them posting to TG comments with our current privileges. There's something weird with the permissions system and something "special" seems to be needed to get privileges there.

EDIT: Actually I could only rid the new of them, not the reviews and other article types.
June 22, 2010 1:59:35 PM

Moderator powers have been extended to cover Tom's Guide, so we should be seeing less of these annoying spammers very soon.
June 25, 2010 4:34:59 AM

I've just been swinging my ban hammer around in the Tom's Guide section and it seems to work now. :) 
June 25, 2010 4:45:39 AM

Yep, I've smacked a few people around at TG.
June 25, 2010 9:01:47 PM

Good job to all the mods and jp,et al. Seems like it's working!
June 27, 2010 9:37:16 AM


I leave all of the smacking around alerts for aford ... we have to feed him or he goes crazy.

I hate spam.

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June 27, 2010 12:35:33 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I've just been swinging my ban hammer around in the Tom's Guide section and it seems to work now. :) 

Guess we mods,all love hammers right ? :whistle: 
June 27, 2010 12:39:54 PM

Reynod said:
I leave all of the smacking around alerts for aford ... we have to feed him or he goes crazy.


Goes?? already gone.... :heink: 

It's starting to look a lot better over there though. Good job guys!
June 30, 2010 12:28:04 PM

My pumps arrived ... with a free i-pad.

Gave the i-pad to the dog as a chew toy ...
July 2, 2010 6:18:41 AM

Must start spam sequence.
July 2, 2010 12:01:59 PM

Go find some spam for us shorty ... we need to feed aford or he gets all antsy ...
July 10, 2010 11:16:22 AM

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July 10, 2010 11:16:41 AM

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December 1, 2010 9:30:26 AM

Probably a software deal, but isn't there a way to filter these spammers out BEFORE they even get a chance to register and spam the various sections? It seems like you kill one name off, they come back with a new account and spam again the same drivel.
December 1, 2010 1:29:55 PM

Typically, the way that works is through IP Forbid, where you basically disallow interaction with the forum from certain IP addresses or ranges. The tricky part is that many of these spammers intentionally use proxied addresses, or spam from areas that make it impossible to do a range IP ban without taking out whole chunks of a country.

It's something our devs are working on making better.
December 1, 2010 5:24:26 PM

jpishgar said:
Typically, the way that works is through IP Forbid, where you basically disallow interaction with the forum from certain IP addresses or ranges. The tricky part is that many of these spammers intentionally use proxied addresses, or spam from areas that make it impossible to do a range IP ban without taking out whole chunks of a country.

It's something our devs are working on making better.


Thx for the reply. I know someone who has their own forum using SMF (Small Machines Forum) software and a mod called httpBl which checks the Project Honey pot database. They say that the mod httpbl has blocked 3075 spammers and bots in about 2 months and the bots and spammers attempting to join their forum has dropped to zero from 5 a day.

Might be something for the devs to look into.
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