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Tomshardware and/or tomsguide spam problems

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July 22, 2010 7:21:54 AM

I don't know where to begin.
I think you guys all have seen many strange comments on tomshardware and/or tomsguide website/forum
such as on this one :

This needs a special attention! Pronto!

Not only that, the loading time of those website/forum also increases dramatically compared to a few months ago.

This needs also a special attention! Pronto!
July 22, 2010 8:30:45 AM

Ugh, ban+delete isn't working on the UK site...
July 22, 2010 8:53:37 AM

Well...perhaps it is time to make some exception...against spam for example..
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July 22, 2010 8:57:34 AM

Exceptions don't need to be made. It just plain doesn't work. I've banned and removed posts/threads from that user once on Tom's Guide and 3 times on Tom's Hardware just to make sure I hadn't missed anything, and the posts are still there. The problem is the shoddy interaction between the US and the (redundant) UK site.
July 22, 2010 10:48:25 AM is more serious and more difficult than I tought.....
If this continues...Tom's hardware will be covered up by spams...
July 22, 2010 11:01:45 AM

The current system is an ever-expanding patchwork of partially compatible software and permissions/functionality for regular users and moderators alike aren't always consistent between them. There's a new software platform being built at the moment which will hopefully put this lack of uniformity to death.
July 22, 2010 12:29:21 PM

I hope the new platform will be there not too late and can really solve all the problems.
August 5, 2010 7:49:13 PM

Even if it added an extra step, I wouldn't mind a challenge/response system intended to block automated postings.
Or, obtain as much information as possible on the offender and post it somewhere public so any interested party can investigate further if necessary and/or terminate the offender.
August 6, 2010 3:33:28 AM

Oh the joys of a system that was sort of macgyvered but mostly just slammed together, i work with a Frankensteined system daily i understand your pain, its probably going to take someone on the BoM staff with DB access to fix some of the issues.

Adding a captcha for new users would at least slow the spam down, maybe until you hit 100 posts there is a captcha before you can post a comment, would at least slow them down so their account can be nuked before they spam everything.