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Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 07-13-2010 10:30 Edit Quote

Hi TP and whoever else that has the power,

I was thinking about the new members we've been having over the last few months and how often they turn out to be real living breathing spammers. Apart from creating a crud post, they also have embedded links in their signature that go to their sites, then they post short replies in a handful of new posts in an attempt to increase redirects.

I propose:

  • Refusing embedded links in signature for new inmates (Neurotic [0])
  • Refusing embedded links in posts for new inmates (Neurotic [0])
  • Refusing embedded images in posts for new inmates (Neurotic [0])



Now perhaps the third one is a bit OTT, but what are your thoughts? Are these feasible to add? are they worthwhile?

Cheers,

Blaise.

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 07-13-2010 13:27 Edit Quote

Before I comment, please define 'refusing'.

Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 07-13-2010 16:53 Edit Quote

They cannot use the [url] or [img] UBB code



(Edited by Blaise on 07-13-2010 16:53)

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 07-13-2010 23:25 Edit Quote

so what happens if they type in a post containing such an ubb code?

On as side note, the grail also converts anything looking like an url into a link.

Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 07-15-2010 09:38 Edit Quote

So I suggest that the URL should stay, but be in plain text.

Also UBB code should still be stripped from their post.

Alternatively they could be given an error message stating that they don't have access privileges yet to post such links, and that they have to return and edit their post.

amperage
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: San Antonio, TX
Insane since: Aug 2010

IP logged posted posted 08-09-2010 19:54 Edit Quote

Or for the member registration you can add..

What color is the fruit in the picture? [Picture of a banana]

Textbox -> Default Value = "Red".

That's gotten rid of bots on my old forums.

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http://www.txlans.com
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# rm -rf

WebShaman
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: The Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 03:31 Edit Quote

We do not have problems with bots anymore - the "new" spammers are actually human.

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 11:17 Edit Quote

Yeah, that's why I think if we strip anchor embedding from their posts they won't be so interested in posting.

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 12:53 Edit Quote

if they were actually following up, they would see that their posts disappear within 15 minutes or so...
Perhaps the error message instead of posting approach would be viable.

amperage
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: San Antonio, TX
Insane since: Aug 2010

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 14:06 Edit Quote
quote:

WebShaman said:

We do not have problems with bots anymore - the "new" spammers are actually human.WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.- Sophocles



Reason for me bringing up my idea was the *bots* I had posting at my forums that appeared to be human (most of the time emails ending in yahoo, hotmail, or .ru) were blocked after I added the extra question requirement.

_______________________
http://www.txlans.com
~
# rm -rf

WebShaman
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: The Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 18:24 Edit Quote

I understand what you meant; however, we fixed that problem awhile ago.

We only have problems with hoomie bots now

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2010 22:22 Edit Quote

and we have a recaptcha in the sign up process...



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