Dealing with spammers

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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:28 pm

Browsers use these to fill-in automatically, too.
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:05 pm

Chances are the spam posts that do get through are actual people that aren't smart enough to figure out how to use a bot.

Like they say, you cant fix stupid.
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Post » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:55 pm

Some spammers actually hire real people en-masse to sign up to random forums and make semi-relevant sounding posts by skimming the content of the thread above. So there's a small amount of spam that will always have to be cleaned up by hand.
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:34 am

Wasn't there some clickteam fans who use to attack this site?
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:38 am

No, I don't think that's ever happened. I've read a lot about spammers that literally target random IP addresses looking for servers - it's pretty much a fact of running a website that you'll get automated (or even human-powered) spam being posted. So really it just needs to be reported and cleaned up.
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:56 am

Why was I tempted to click the exclamation mark on the OP as soon as I read about it?
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:32 pm

I think, like 2 months ago, on the forum's front page there were almost 2500 total members. Now its 2283. Is it possible all that were spammers? I'm not sure about numbers, but I remember it jumping up and down like crazy, moderators must've had hard time deleting accounts.
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:34 pm

I don't think they were all spam accounts, I think the database was pruned.
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:39 pm

Yes, I pruned a lot of accounts signed up by spambots - there were literally hundreds, it was a big problem until we changed the captcha.
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Post » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:30 pm

A good deal of those were the silent spammer types, the kind that just sit there with links in their profiles. I guess the people that made those bots don't realize that search engine spiders can't crawl phpBB profiles. Well, at least this board has it set up that way.
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