Spammers?

Discussion in 'Indie Business' started by TylerBetable, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. electronicStar

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    That could inspire a new setting for casual games
     
  2. GMarkou

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    I have never touched message board source code before, so i'm not sure if this is easy or not, but how about this:
    If a number of any Senior Members (say 5 or more) report a user/comment, then the user will be marked as temporary banned
    (and his posts non-visible).
    An administrator then could decide if the ban is permanent or not, but meanwhile the spammer will no longer be around here...
     
  3. Cygon

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    I've had a lot of comment spam problems with my personal blog, too. Just days after launching it, I was already averaging 100 spam comments a day (which were quarantined by Akismet, but I had to check for false positives each day).

    I completely solved my problem with this WordPress plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/comment-no-spambots/ - it's less than 50 lines of code since all it does is add three hidden fields to the comment form that are filled via JavaScript. It has kept every single spam bot at bay. Maybe something similar can be done for this forum?
     
  4. Stropp

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    @Cygon, I believe there is a plugin for VBulletin that does that. I was looking a couple of weeks ago and suggested a couple of plugins that could be used to at the very least limit spam on this board, but it doesn't seem anyone is interested.
     
  5. Indinera

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    There are no spammers, only plenty of very caring people who want to make sure you keep healthy. :)
     
  6. HMAudio

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    This is exciting though! Now we can talk about game development while at the same time having a great place to buy cheap viagra from uk!
     
  7. James C. Smith

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    I don't plan to come back here very often but I did look into this a bit. "Diusterios" posted 25 spam messages including many in this thread. I was able to add him to the permanently banned list ( I assume that will stop him from posting) but it didn’t delete his existing posts. I was then able to view all 25 of his posts and hit the delete all button. It first it didn’t seem to work. His post were still there for a couple minutes. And then they vanished.

    I posted a message in the moderator forum asking if any moderators and still around and mentioned that some people are willing to help fight spam if they are given moderator privileges.
     
  8. James C. Smith

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    To find and delete all posts by a user (for moderators only)

    1) Click their name next to the post
    2) In the pop-up click the “view forum posts” link
    3) At the top right corner of the list click the “Inline Mod” link
    4) In the pop-up menu click “Select All”
    5) Scroll to the end of the list and click “Moderation tools” at the bottom right
    6) In the pop-up menu click “delete posts” and then click “proceed” at the bottom of the menu
    7) In the confirmation page select “Physically remove”, type a reason of “spam” and press “Delete Posts”
     
  9. James C. Smith

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    To ban a user (for moderators only)

    1) Copy the name of the offending user to your clipboard (select name and hit Ctrl-v)
    2) Way, way at the bottom right of any page find the nav bar that says “Retro64 Computer Games - Twilight Game Downloads - Contact Us Indiegamer Developer Discussion Boards Mod Archive Top”
    3) Click the Mod link in that nav bar
    4) re-authenticate yourself
    5) Paste the offending user’s name into the “Quick Find User” box and click “Exact match”
    6) On the search result page click the “ban user” link next to their name
    7) In the “lift ban after…” line change the option to “permanent – never lift ban”
    8) Press the "Ban user" button
     
  10. James C. Smith

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    I posted a copy of the above in the moderator forum. I also post a message there about recruiting new moderators to help fight spam.
     
  11. Shaz

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    Thank you James :)
     

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