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Thread: spam wave?

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    Default spam wave?

    Have I just been getting lucky and popping by at the right times the last few days to catch the spam before a mod did, or are more accounts managing to get successfully registered recently?
    Last night as I lay in bed, looking up at the stars, I thought, “Where the hell is my ceiling?"

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    It's not just you.
    Sticks and stones take a toll on me but they aren't your strongest weaponry
    You can take your shots but you'd best prepare, I can see smoke rising in the air
    Every move has a counteract, to turn the tides with a planned attack
    You push me down and the rest will rise but first I'm singing a battle cry

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    Normally I ban people once every month or two, about 8 or more in the last week - and I know the other mods have got others. Definitely some weakness has been found in the registration system by the spam bots.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    I just cycled the human verification. Hopefully that's all this needs.

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    What happens if Kathaksung wants to return?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Should probably make this subforum only visible to registered members.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    Registered members with over 50 posts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Seems to be a common problem in other forums, too (spam relating to streams of sporting events). Someone must have figured out a solution to the verification system and is running with it.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    The rise of hostile AI begun. This is Alberjohn's revenge.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Should probably make this subforum only visible to registered members.
    Frankly, we should just restrict it to Wraith, Lolli, and myself. We're the only two who legitimately pester Wraith for constant changes to suit us.
    Last night as I lay in bed, looking up at the stars, I thought, “Where the hell is my ceiling?"

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    He'll do it if you pay him in bitcoins.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    Wraith is it possible to prevent new users from posting hyperlinks?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
    I just cycled the human verification. Hopefully that's all this needs.
    Apparently that wasn't all it needed.
    Last night as I lay in bed, looking up at the stars, I thought, “Where the hell is my ceiling?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Registered members with over 50 posts.
    Doesn't seem to be the case atm.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Doesn't seem to be the case atm.
    It was a suggestion, not saying it is the case.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Thanks Obama.

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    Bump. Deleted quite a few today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Registered members with over 50 posts.
    Also bump, is it possible to hide this subforum from registered members with fewer than 50 posts? No need to let the spammers see us talk, though they're probably all bots anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Looking at the dates, spambots have been a problem for quite a while. It will likely get worse unless/until the admin or mods have a plan. Do you guys have a plan?
    Last edited by GGT; 07-26-2019 at 12:35 AM.

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    Spambots come with the internet. We have been getting hit a bit more often lately, and if it keeps up, we can crank up the security.

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    "Quite a while" = 20 years+

    Not sure how long I've been a moderator, I'm thinking about 15-16 years but in that entire time deleting spam has been the main thing I've done, not taking action against actual users. Sometimes feel like being a moderator is more like being a janitor, just cleaning up s**t. We can never prevent all spam, just when it becomes a worse problem adopt the latest security.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Bump. New spam wave seems to be beginning today if anything needs patching.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Definitely a spam wave needs addressing when you get the chance please Wraith.

    IP says its coming from Bulgaria if anyone's interested. Don't know how reliable that is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    And here I thought you'd put an end to freedom of movement for people in Bulgaria.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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    I guess it's when Borq arrived.

    I suppose we don't have access to any routing facility?
    (a few iptables commands would probably do it for Bulgaria *g* until they switch location)

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    Today's first one came from Amsterdam apparently so not all from the same place, again I don't know how reliable that is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    This spam wave started on 1/7, the same date as the Hey Borq thread started so yes, not likely a coincidence.

    When I ban the users and delete the threads I 'soft-delete' them meaning they still appear for Wraith, Dread and myself but greyed out but vanish for everyone else - that way I know Wraith can see the issue when he next logs in. So far 12 of the 20 threads on the front page of the General Chat forum for me are the greyed out banned spam and all from July.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    ℬeing upset is understandable, but be upset at yourself for poor planning, not at the world by acting like a spoiled bitch during an interview.

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    Wraith opened up for new registrations to help Borq register, must've happened in that interval. But we shouldn't be rash; this presents Dread with a unique opportunity to access a vast repository of brand new porn—and solidarity born out of nearly two decades of shared history compels us to consider what a ban might mean for him.
    “Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.”
    — Bill Gates

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