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#1 ScottS

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:35 AM

We're under attack by spam bots at the moment. I've banned about 10 in the last 24 hours, and I see another 20-30 that have attempted to register in the last couple days.The mod bots are fighting back by requiring new users to be approved by a mod before they can post. I'm hoping we don't need to make this permanent, but if that's what is required to stop the spam, we will.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:56 PM

We're under attack by spam bots at the moment. I've banned about 10 in the last 24 hours, and I see another 20-30 that have attempted to register in the last couple days.The mod bots are fighting back by requiring new users to be approved by a mod before they can post. I'm hoping we don't need to make this permanent, but if that's what is required to stop the spam, we will.

fight the power scott. this is common on a lot of other forums so you wouldn't be alone.
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#3 Tankard

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

We're under attack by spam bots at the moment. I've banned about 10 in the last 24 hours, and I see another 20-30 that have attempted to register in the last couple days.The mod bots are fighting back by requiring new users to be approved by a mod before they can post. I'm hoping we don't need to make this permanent, but if that's what is required to stop the spam, we will.

This seems to be happening all over. I've been told that the homebrewing site I used to belong to recently deleted 75% of the membership because of the spam problems. The small brewing site that my friend set up put the site on admin approval for new members. It's a good way of dealing with it. Not sure why the spam bots all of a sudden got set to level 11, but they've definitely become even more of a problem, recently.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:26 AM

Not sure why the spam bots all of a sudden got set to level 11, but they've definitely become even more of a problem, recently.

I've heard rumors that some of the major email spammers have discovered that referral spam on forums and blogs is more profitable. I haven't paid much attention to the volume of email spam I'm getting to see if it has decreased, but I've heard other people say it has.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

We've now disabled this feature and implemented a new policy that we hope will be more effective. Now when new users attempt to validate, they have to answer a challenge question correctly. We'll see how this goes but hopefully the bots won't be able to anticipate the question.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 05:57 PM

We've now disabled this feature and implemented a new policy that we hope will be more effective. Now when new users attempt to validate, they have to answer a challenge question correctly. We'll see how this goes but hopefully the bots won't be able to anticipate the question.

Are these actually bots? On my friends brew site, he has a registration question, and they still get through. He thinks that someone is manually adding one or two, and then automating the rest. I don't see how else they could beat the Captchas.
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#7 MtnBrewer

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

Are these actually bots? On my friends brew site, he has a registration question, and they still get through. He thinks that someone is manually adding one or two, and then automating the rest. I don't see how else they could beat the Captchas.

That's what I'm wondering too. We've had a handful that are obviously spammers validate after adding the question. If this doesn't work then the only thing left to do is to create a new user group. Members of this group will require mod approval of posts and when some number (probably 1) of their posts are approved, then they automatically get promoted to the Members group.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:23 PM

KILL THE BOTS, KILL THE BOTS!!!
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#9 MtnBrewer

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:25 PM

Death is too good for those.....polar bears.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:07 AM

Death is too good for those.....bolar pears.

I think you mean bolar pears.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:56 PM

That's what I'm wondering too. We've had a handful that are obviously spammers validate after adding the question. If this doesn't work then the only thing left to do is to create a new user group. Members of this group will require mod approval of posts and when some number (probably 1) of their posts are approved, then they automatically get promoted to the Members group.

This isn't going to change my status or mess with my Birthday Princess classification is it? I mean I'm ok if it does, I'm just going to need a little warning.So ok, what are the questions? Beer related? Cause THAT'S hardly fair. You could wipe out most of us with one of those. :D
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#12 MtnBrewer

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:42 AM

This isn't going to change my status or mess with my Birthday Princess classification is it? I mean I'm ok if it does, I'm just going to need a little warning.

Are you a new user?

So ok, what are the questions? Beer related? Cause THAT'S hardly fair. You could wipe out most of us with one of those. :unsure:

The thought occurred to me. :rolf:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:15 PM

This really is happening all over the place. Just the other day, I was offered Viagra and a penis enlarger on the Northern Brewer forum. Oh my goodness... is it wrong if I say I don't need either one? :smilielol:
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 05:01 PM

This really is happening all over the place. Just the other day, I was offered Viagra and a penis enlarger on the Northern Brewer forum. Oh my goodness... is it wrong if I say I don't need either one? :P

The greenboard had ads back when we were all there. I remember because of course when it happened, everyone complained. But I thought Keith set it up where it blocked everything except ads relevant to beer brewing or drinking.I mean like the Kevin Bacon thing, I can swing it around to see why penis enlargement is on a beer brewing site, but it's a pretty wide curve.
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