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Discussion in 'Forum Issues, Problems, & Concerns' started by mschafft, Jul 31, 2018.

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  1. Drifter

    Drifter Gretschie

    192
    Dec 27, 2012
    New Jersey
    No need to block new accounts, just manually authorize new members for a while. It is pretty easy to figure out if they are spammers when they signup. I am sure the forum software has that feature in it. If this was already mentioned,sorry!
     
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  2. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Yes, manual authorization might do it. But what kind of burden would it be?
     
  3. Drifter

    Drifter Gretschie

    192
    Dec 27, 2012
    New Jersey
    Not as much as dealing with this spam I would guess.
     
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  4. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Gretschie

    348
    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I've been on other boards where you are limited in how much you can post as a new member for a few days.
     
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  5. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Good point - this guy posts in every thread just once. We could limit that as well although it might not change anything.
     
  6. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Sorry Vista
    Admin Post
    That won't change a thing. These spam threads are created by programs and they can just create new users right and left.

    I have notified the forum owners of the problems, lets see what they come up with.
     
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  7. johnny g

    johnny g Gretschie

    445
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Good job Synchro. I thank you for what you are doing.
     
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’m not in favour of blocking entrance. But I do think you made an interesting observation...
     
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  9. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Synchro mentioned he checks IP-addresses. IMO it would be too much trouble for a previous member if he wants to annoy us.
     
  10. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Maybe not a former member perse, but definitely someone who enjoys testing our patience....
     
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  11. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    It seems, some people don't know, how powerful bots can be nowadays.

    These mini-applications search the internet for victims, report hits into a database and the second bot attacks the found victims ... the newest ones even can read images, so that the Captcha protection no longer works.

    This is not someone who wants to annoy ... there's someone out there, who sends out bots to earn money.
     
  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    59
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I know drumbob personally ... he would'nt do this .... :p
     
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  13. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    ... because his username was drumbob and not botbob :D
     
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    lol..... he's a good man :)
     
  15. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    I have a very difficult time believing that this generates revenue.
     
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  16. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    If it wouldn't, spam wouldn't exist ;)

    PS: I noticed, that the spam bots were logged in for hours and watched their own threads ... so they did a click count and maybe even checked, how long it took, until it got deleted. You can count on it, that this data is used for billing.
     
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  17. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Well we may now see how advanced our spammers bots were. In case you guys didin't notice, the site was down "for maintenance" an hour or so ago. I got logged out during the maint. (I normally stayed logged in on my phone). Couldn't recall my password and had to reset.

    Captcha was required in resetting my password, so maybe it is now required to register a new account. Don't know, maybe there is also an email link verification? The Captcha was not the one with images btw.

    We should know if anything done was effective in another hour or two. Fingers crossed (I may actually be asleep for a change, let me know!).
     
  18. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Crap, never mind. They're back, were posting while I was writing the above.
    :mad:
     
  19. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Synchro will hold casting couch sessions?
     
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  20. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Attack from the Gretsch Pages!
     
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