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Spammers proliferate

#1 Post by Hobbyst46 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:24 pm

IMHO there is recent proliferation of spammers on the forum .

Some of them are the usual junk texts that try to trap one into non-relevant links
Some of them do it via "revival" of years-old previous posts
One that appeared today (24.6) is a wierd copy-paste of a legitimate post

There was a recent debate and some stated that too much spam-blocking could shut the entrance door in the face of legitimate new members, but is there really no intelligent filtering algorithm ?
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Re: Spammers proliferate

#2 Post by Scarodactyl » Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:13 pm

The site needs spam-focused moderators at the very least. Pairing that with manual post approval for a user's first ~3 posts would likely eliminate the problem entirely.

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#3 Post by PeteM » Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:47 pm

Oliver - I hope you see this. It has been discussed before and there are likely several trusted contributors here who could help - for example along the lines Stephen (Scarodactyl) suggested earlier of screening the first few posts. Or, perhaps, promptly removing the spam.

Please see past posts on the topic - and on why more careful filters or moderation are a win-win for the site, eventually it's search engine rankings, and especially users. Personally, I'm happy to help legitimate users. Increasingly disenchanted dodging the spam posts - as I suspect many others.

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#4 Post by GerryR » Mon Jun 27, 2022 10:51 am

Ditto the above. Especially many in the newcomers intro section!

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#5 Post by Crater Eddie » Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:05 pm

I haven't checked in in quite a while and I must say that I am astonished and saddened by all the SPAM. It certainly makes the forum a much less comfortable place to spend the odd free few minutes.
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Re: Spammers proliferate

#6 Post by apochronaut » Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:16 pm

PeteM wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:47 pm
Oliver - I hope you see this.
I think that pretty much sums it up.

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#7 Post by zzffnn » Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:37 am

I am happy to volunteer as a spam remover, and don’t need any other privileges.

Would be nice to have a back-up “spam remover” though, as I sometimes travel and cannot get on this web site.

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#8 Post by PeteM » Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:25 am

I've messaged Oliver. We'll see . . . I'd think there are likely a half dozen long-time contributors, self included, who check in somewhat frequently and would be willing to help.

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#9 Post by dtsh » Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:43 am

I report all I find, but I can't do anything more than flag it and leave notes.

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#10 Post by MichaelG. » Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:14 am

I have reported three posts from this ‘forum member’ this morning:
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=4457

There are many more

Termination ‘with extreme prejudice’ might be appropriate !

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#11 Post by MichaelG. » Mon Jul 04, 2022 7:58 am

< BUMP >
Too many 'projects'

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#12 Post by MichaelG. » Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:23 am

Another BUMP … Spammer is still very active !!
Too many 'projects'

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#13 Post by viktor j nilsson » Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:30 am

This really has to spot. Oliver, give someone admin privileges now!

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#14 Post by woyjwjl » Mon Jul 04, 2022 9:16 am

Well, can this be regarded as an attack on the website?
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#15 Post by blekenbleu » Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:05 pm

Sadly, @tygqazxop329 is still online, defacing topics.

As it happens, many topics resurfaced are more useful to me now than when originally browsed,
so a bit of silver lining to the cloud...
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#16 Post by perrywespa » Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:17 pm

I'm also happy to help with spam removal, once instructed on how to do so.
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#17 Post by MichaelG. » Mon Jul 04, 2022 2:19 pm

This is getting way past a joke

Can no-one terminate the spammer’s account ??

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#18 Post by apochronaut » Mon Jul 04, 2022 3:22 pm

Yes, Oliver can but he has to be attentive to the forum he created .

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#19 Post by MichaelG. » Mon Jul 04, 2022 5:50 pm

Looks like the deed is done

Hurrah !

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#20 Post by apochronaut » Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:23 pm

They are taking a break and counting shoes.

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#21 Post by Microscopy_is_fun » Sat Jul 23, 2022 8:19 am

apochronaut wrote:
Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:23 pm
They are taking a break and counting shoes.
Seems there are plenty of shoes left, and spammers take over the forum once more. This is a nuisance for the users as well as for the administrator of the forum. I do not understand why the offer of long-standing contributors to help solving this problem remains unanswered.

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#22 Post by Greg Howald » Sat Jul 23, 2022 8:57 am

This is a definite attack on the website. Long term results will be very damaging without action. Trouble is that proper action requires almost constant manual observation.
The number of spam messages just this morning is dramatic.

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