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Skunky Bus 05-23-2013 06:45 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
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Originally Posted by lornaschinske
Maybe you need a "first post" thread (name it what ever is applicable) in which the only way to get approved to post is to post in the "first post" thread (read a sticky to know how to get approved... maybe include a "What's the secret password" type question with a single word answer like "Is water wet or dry?" or "What colour is the bus in the picture shown"). Make the post include something that a spammer won't post. Then auto delete the other "new" posters that don't post in the "first post" thread. It might bug a few newbies but it might help cut down on the spammers. Just an idea.

But quite a clever one. I think it would be easy enough for people smart enough to be allowed a driver's license but hard for spammers to circumvent.

GreyEagle 05-25-2013 07:55 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Steve.............. This needs to be addressed......
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Thanks
GE

lornaschinske 05-26-2013 09:34 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
It looks like either Steve can't or won't spare the time to deal with this. I think you guys need to take matters in your own hands.

Use my idea of a first post and batch delete everyone else as of now (including your backlog). Anyone who is perusing this forum has had to of seen the almost daily SPAM, SPAM, SPAM posts. They should understand.

Skunky Bus 05-26-2013 03:13 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lornaschinske
It looks like either Steve can't or won't spare the time to deal with this. I think you guys need to take matters in your own hands.

Use my idea of a first post and batch delete everyone else as of now (including your backlog). Anyone who is perusing this forum has had to of seen the almost daily SPAM, SPAM, SPAM posts. They should understand.

One look at the spam and newbies should figure out why their bus-related post went bye-bye and hopefully will realize why.

Quote:

Originally Posted by richlindquist
As someone who hosts and maintains a couple of dozen websites and only gets paid by one, I can appreciate Steve's headaches. I still think that charging a minimul fee ($5/yr) to become a member would remove the vast majority of the spam accounts and give Steve some funds to purchase commercial spam blocker software, etc.

SeanF, I truly understand your frustration and I wonder what we, as a community, can do to help? Do we need more moderators to spread the load?

Rich

The only stix-'n-staples site that I have anything to do with, ClassicWinnebagos & Vintage RVs, allows charter membership for free but charges for full unrestricted access. I think it's mainly economic, not anti-spam, reasons for the fee. Basic free membership allows use of the forum (similar to this one) while paid members have access to downloadable info about maintenance, body & chassis repair, etc. Initial registration requires replicating letters via "Captcha" and a question of the type Lorna suggests.

GreyEagle 05-26-2013 05:43 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Over 14,000 spam messages and counting today.........

lornaschinske 05-26-2013 06:05 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GreyEagle
Over 14,000 spam messages and counting today.........

WHY? What do the spammers get out of it?

Skunky Bus 05-27-2013 11:57 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
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Originally Posted by timmylc
Quote:

Originally Posted by lornaschinske
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Originally Posted by GreyEagle
Over 14,000 spam messages and counting today.........

WHY? What do the spammers get out of it?

SEO/Back-links ... this looks like the result of a "paid" back-link service.

A captcha update would fix this :S

EDIT: this is what i have resorted to,
1.Under the moderation Q / scroll down to bottom and click "Select all"
2.Click Disapprove
3.Make SURE "Notify poster about disapproval?" is checked.
4.Select "The reported message does not fit into any other category, please use the further information field."
5.In the "Further information:" field i enter // "This post was marked as spam, I have resorted to mass spam deletion due to MAJOR issues with spam, IF THIS IS IN ERROR
and your post was legitimate feel free to e-mail me at *@*.net so we can address this issue."

When the NON-BOT gets the notification they can read what happened and contact me and we can manually get them setup "probably 5 posts in ~other~ forum that can be approved in a row", i suggest this for the other mods as well till we can get this fixed :)
"if need be make a new e-mail account"

just doing it this way till steve shows up :S

unless you guys think this is a BAD plan?

Hell, it would not have dissuaded me from joining. I wouldn't blame you/Skoolie.net: it's the @$$#0!& spammers' fault that such steps are necessary. This site is worth a little effort to join.

GreyEagle 06-01-2013 11:21 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Come On Steve!!!!........ Over 23,000 spams messages and members???????

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bansil 06-03-2013 07:00 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
does anyone actually know him?

So they can try to contact him, maybe something is wrong?

travelinwithus 06-03-2013 09:58 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Last Saturday I spent a couple hours attempting to find a phone number for him on some of his other websites. I found 3 phone numbers in my research. One was no longer in service and the other two went to voice mail. I left a message on both voicemails bit I am not sure either is his actual number. I never got a call back.

Hopefully he is ok and is just a busy guy.

freakn 06-03-2013 02:28 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Sorry guys, Ive been super busy the last couple of weeks, will try and help out more with the spam.

travelinwithus 06-03-2013 02:55 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
I spent most of the day (5 hours) and removed all the spam posts. More than 20,000. GreyEagle and I have been plugging away at removing the spam for the last couple days on and off. In the last couple days there has been more than 50,000 spam posts removed. It takes forever to remove that many spam messages when we can only remove 50 posts at a time. I am afraid we are fighting a loosing battle until Steve returns and corrects the spam registration issue.

Redbear 06-20-2013 12:43 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
WOW! I haven't stopped by for a few, and didn't realize how bad it had gotten.

A big hat tip to all the tireless moderators! (Or would tired be more accurate?)

And thanks again to Steve, for giving us this sand box to play in.

Being "engineerical," as my sister-in-law calls me, I would probably fail the "What is the original color of a School Bus?" challenge.
I would probably answer "National School Bus Chrome," while the acceptable answer would be "yellow."

[SFX: Buzzer sounds loud and long, siren wails, trap door in floor opens, and Redbear falls into an armpit-deep pit of lukewarm clam chowda.]

bansil 06-20-2013 06:38 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Thanks Steve for fixing this

Sara 08-28-2013 12:28 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
*Whew!*

I'm glad that some people understand how much work these moderators put in so that this board can be kept clean. Unfortunately, it seems like these guys continue to find ways to infiltrate websites and spam the heck out of us. Indeed, banning Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts does impact a lot of people, but it seems like the majority of the spam originated from these three main providers. Ugh! (I love Gmail.)

We'll try and figure out a way to make this less labor-intensive and intrusive to posters (and moderators)!

bansil 08-28-2013 01:41 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bansil
Thanks Steve for fixing this

oops...thanks SARA :mrgreen:

https://www.skoolie.net/attachments/p...6c02bb262b.gif

Sara 08-29-2013 11:21 AM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
No... thanks goes to the moderators who keep these forums monitored! :) It's all you, guys! :)

Sara 08-30-2013 02:40 PM

Re: Spam, spam, spam...
 
Done, done, done!

Alright! Membership should be cleaned up. Looks like we weeded out all the obvious spammers. There are a few people on the last page of the membership list who are questionable, but I'm going to let them ride for a little bit in case they are valid participants since they applied for membership recently. I went member by member so I am completely confident that no real member has been deleted. :)

If you guys notice a particular e-mail provider that you have to keep moderating, let me know and I will add it to the banned list. I'll try and keep up on this (at least Monday-Friday) so that we are proactive with potential new spam IPs or addresses... It's all smooth sailing from here!

-= Sara

GreyEagle 08-30-2013 05:07 PM

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CONGRATS!!! and Thank you Sara.......... I know it was a PITA....... :D :D :D


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