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THE SPAMMERS ARE BACK

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September 21, 2011 5:16:04 AM

SOS, DD. These spammers need to be punished.

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September 21, 2011 7:24:19 AM

It is so irritating to try and read the forum posts with these spam messages in between. Toms must add a function that members over a certain amount of points can mark a post as spam and then the moderators can easily identify and delete the posts.
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September 21, 2011 9:21:42 AM

There's really no need. We are all over it, however it may be hours before we get to some... thousands a day atm.

Up at the top of a post in grey letters you will see a report function. If you see one of these in a place that doesn't usually have them, please do use the report button.
September 21, 2011 10:53:43 AM

Proximon said:
There's really no need. We are all over it, however it may be hours before we get to some... thousands a day atm.

Up at the top of a post in grey letters you will see a report function. If you see one of these in a place that doesn't usually have them, please do use the report button.


To me it seems rather useless to hunt down and delete these posts and banning of the accounts. They will simply keep coming back. But I do have a suggestion....

I have pondered a way to get rid of trolls, jerks, and spammers completely that will take little effort. Let's say that in this post I attack you personally, say awful and unfounded things about you. Naturally you would respond in banning me right? Problem is I could easily make a new account and even if my IP is banned it only takes seconds to get around that. I could just come back over and over and continue to harass you. The solution would be to create a limbo like state. The moderator throws the user into this limbo. The user is able to login, respond to threads, and even make new threads but the trick is that no other users actually see the content this known trouble maker posts. If you do not alert the community of this new function those who are punished by it will have no idea why they are being ignored and will eventually just move on.

This could also work for spammers. Posting known spam url links would automatically throw them into limbo no moderator required. If by any chance a new link pops up simply add it to the list. This way the spammers think their messages are getting through when in reality no one is actually seeing it but them. This would greatly reduce the spam and those that do make it through will be quickly thrown into limbo as well. It doesn't matter how many accounts they make because once they hit submit for the post
they are already thrown into limbo because of the contents of the post.

September 21, 2011 11:29:20 AM

You just revealed it though lol.

Edit: But it does indeed sound like a good idea tbh
September 21, 2011 1:30:01 PM

What do you mean back they never left.
September 21, 2011 1:50:24 PM

Like a parallel universe THG ...

What if nothing is really here ... ??

Gets out Berger and Luckmann's book ... dusts it off.

/sigh.
September 21, 2011 2:08:09 PM

...or we could establish cyber hit squads to track down these knuckleheads and do mean things to them.....Just a thought.
September 21, 2011 2:24:23 PM

Im finalizing the code to punch people over the internet.
September 21, 2011 2:38:04 PM

wanamingo said:
Im finalizing the code to punch people over the internet.

Are you using the mouse or the keyboard as your weapon of choice? Or, how about using the lasers in the optical drives to deliver a punch of light to the eyes?
September 21, 2011 3:07:04 PM

wanamingo said:
Im finalizing the code to punch people over the internet.


I want in on the Beta testing of that...I have a long list of people to cyber punch.
September 21, 2011 3:19:05 PM

Watch out.

Mingo's freeware version zombies your PC to his ... kinda like Apple.

Instead of having wet dreams about Steve you will be dreaming of being Mingo's loyal servant.

Which one is worse??

:) 

September 21, 2011 3:25:11 PM

Maybe make it as such that new members can't post immediately? Like a cool-down period of a few days after creating an account?
September 21, 2011 3:59:49 PM

Well, I killed a bunch. That was my main purpose of becoming a mderator.

"moderator". Now, if I can learn to spell it. :) 
September 21, 2011 4:53:28 PM

Unlike apple I reward those loyal to me.

September 21, 2011 5:01:56 PM

I think spammers would make EXCELLENT fodder to train covert agents. Without challenging the concept that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, spamming is willful wrongdoing, so the gamesmanship in a court of law is just a waste. Prove the guilt, then take them out. GAME OVER.
September 21, 2011 5:09:19 PM

I wish we could all send them a "thank you note" but we don't know their e-mail address...
September 21, 2011 5:12:27 PM

If you guys have cruised by the Entertainment forum have you seen the spam for movies and music from odd places? Are these guys getting paid to do this or do they have bots that just auto post in hundreds of forums the same message?

What motivates these guys to spam? How much money do you get per post etc?
September 24, 2011 1:28:25 PM

Motivation? It's cheap and they can. Payment? Don't know, but I'd think that it is based on response to the spam.

jtt: Hunting season; year around; no bag limit - much like lawyers and talk show hosts.
September 24, 2011 1:48:35 PM

Ban *.*


That would solve everything...
September 24, 2011 2:47:32 PM

Aww ... a DOS joke ...
September 24, 2011 3:52:45 PM

Need to ban all the IP addresses for these SPAMMERS.
September 24, 2011 5:15:39 PM

;) 
September 24, 2011 5:16:53 PM

or if you prefer:

rm *.*
September 25, 2011 1:56:26 PM

:) 
September 25, 2011 3:20:17 PM

SPAMMERS should be spent, spindled, and mutilated. The old DOS and UNIX/Linux references for removal are quite nostalgic, but it sure does date some of us....
September 26, 2011 6:20:44 AM

You should see how many of my troops can not do command line/prompt/scripting/non-gui... Saddening really. :( 

For every argument for GUI, I have two for granularity through command line/console... Alas, I am fighting an uphill battle.

[/and yes it dates me, damn old timers can "get with the new GUI" :p ]
September 26, 2011 11:00:35 AM

mrface said:
You should see how many of my troops can not do command line/prompt/scripting/non-gui... Saddening really. :( 

For every argument for GUI, I have two for granularity through command line/console... Alas, I am fighting an uphill battle.

[/and yes it dates me, damn old timers can "get with the new GUI" :p ]

I know exactly what you mean, brother. Been there, done that, then showed them how to fix the problem myself. Was even asked by a so-called "expert" how a guy of my rank knew how to do something....he then had a humbling experience.....
September 26, 2011 12:38:35 PM

The funny thing is they(AF Tech. School) hand out Sec+ certs. like they were, well... certs candy. heheh. Oh to the FNG's who get questioned by me on security... But I guess they believe they can be secure, its a start... at least. lol.
September 26, 2011 1:23:46 PM

Um...i'm no expert, just a suggestion...if you ban a MAC address, doesn't that effectively ban all IPs originating from the same device? I mean, assuming that dynamic IPs are involved.

+1 to NuclearShadow's idea as well...
September 26, 2011 1:56:23 PM

Banning IPs and MACs wont stop anyone remotely savvy. I say with enough reports or removals make life hell for spam accounts till its not worth it to post anymore.

Captcha enforcement, slow page loads, more advertising something to dissuade them.
September 26, 2011 2:14:48 PM

ojas said:
Um...i'm no expert, just a suggestion...if you ban a MAC address, doesn't that effectively ban all IPs originating from the same device? I mean, assuming that dynamic IPs are involved.

+1 to NuclearShadow's idea as well...

You do realize how easy it is to change a MAC address, right? This will work exactly once. Same with IPs.
September 27, 2011 2:22:52 PM

Spoofing ... bad magic.
September 27, 2011 5:43:21 PM

capthca for each post until past your first 25 posts, if you get caught spamming before 25, back to square one.
September 28, 2011 4:10:03 AM

Blood tests and dual biometric tests done for each post!
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