Here's what the spam looks like.

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  1. zoombapup

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    I stepped down as a moderator a month or so back now. Mainly because I was spending a huge amount of my time deleting spam and not actually getting anything from the forum itself.

    Anyway, long story short, I thought I'd show you guys what its like for the mods of this forum and what they get to see pretty much every visit now.

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/15474677/spam.jpg

    So, whenever you see that someone hasnt been approved really quick, spare a thought for the guys who have to wade through that every time they come on here. Its not fun, although it makes a very wierd sort of gameplay in itself (seriously, I got almost addicted to deleting spam).

    Hopefully we'll be able to push for some help server-wise to fight back, because otherwise I cant see anyone lasting in the mod role. But be glad those guys are doing it!!! At least you dont get to see it!
     
  2. CasualInsider

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    1. Admin adds a custom field to registration only a game dev would know.
    2. Spam defeated?
     
  3. lightassassin

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    I haven't tried to run a forum in years (counter-strike clans) but surely a forum update would help?

    I'm sure if it costs we could all donate towards the cause, I'd be willing.

    *sigh* I hate spam, and I have never even considered clicking their links... so it's just a non-stop slap in the face for all who get sent crap or deal with it.
     
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    Mental note: never produce a game called "Tramadol".
    What the heck is Tramadol, anyway?
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramadol
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    Now I'm even more confused. Why would anyone want to buy this stuff from some unknown spammer when they could get it from their doctor?
     
  6. Olofson

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    It's an opioid, and for obvious reasons, you won't get that from your doctor without a very good reason.
     
  7. Applewood

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    I have a drawer full from previous dental problems if anyone wants to buy em. :)

    I'm with casualinsider's idea. For a really ironic kick, the question should be:

    "What 6809 assembler mnemonic was used for the Sign Extend instruction?"...
     
  8. papillon

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    I wouldn't say defeated - I use a custom field and I still get spambots. But it did make a huge difference.

    If a real human newbie can sign up to your forum, then a spammer willing to employ (or trick) a real human newbie can as well.
     
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    I wonder if blogs are as bad with spam.
     
  11. zoombapup

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    I use disqus and dont have spam. But wordpress default has spam quite a bit.

    Seems forums are more popular for spammers. Because some louse wrote software to create forum spam automatically (xrumer).

    Crappy, but there you go. Need custom join and sin-bin code to really make forums work. Unfortunately we have the ability for neither here.
     
  12. electronicStar

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    Don't underestimate spammers, they will use all automated and human assisted means and they will find a way to register anyway.
     
  13. jarrodavisoftware

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    We're using SMF to manage our site and there is a plugin called Stop Spammer that links to stopforumspam.com. It checks the username, email and IP address and will block sign ups and send you a notice for manual approval. When the one or two per month or so that make it through and I've identified them as a spammer, I add them to the database and never have worry with them again.

    On the backed it will tell you the number of blocked spammers. As of today there have been 6527.

    This has been working great for us. Before this we where simply overrun by spam. Sigh.

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  14. Grey Alien

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    Yeah I have custom questions for my Grey Alien Framework site and that solved the spam problem. Surely it must be possible somehow, with a module or a bit of custom code?
     
  15. SLotman

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    For sure you can block some words... in this case, adding "Tramadol" would catch a lot of those spams.

    You could also block new users from posting links until they have at least 1 post approved - and make it clear on rules, that if someone post an http link on the first message, this would be considered spam, and the user would be locked out...

    There are lots of simple things that can make the situation better :)
     
  16. Artinum

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    Crap, I'd never be able to post here again.
    Ask me one on pop music!

    EDIT: ...actually, I think I just figured it out. Hmmm! That would be rather fitting!
     
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    Hey guys. I will install the plugin and upgrade vbulletin this coming weekend.
    EDIT: Actually, switching over to SMF could be very dicey, considering the age and amount of posts here. I think we should look into vbulletin solutions too.


    Also, James, would you be interested in being a mod? You certainly have the track record for it.
     
  19. jpoag

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    I've hosted SMF before and it's a big change from vBulletin. I actually like vBulletin a lot.

    I think a vBulletin upgrade and the antispam auto moderation plugins will help.

    As for being a Mod? Do the Mods need the help? I know Phil stepped down... I guess if it's just deleting spam and approving posts I could help out.
     
  20. jarrodavisoftware

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    @Mike Boeh
    If you need more MODs I don't mind helping out.


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