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Old 02-23-19, 08:06 AM
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Blocking spam

I've seen a lot of spam posts lately with the link as the thread title. Can the forum be set up to block posts with http:// and https:// in the thread titles?

It isn't used very much otherwise. The last legitimate post with that combination of characters in the title was in 2012.
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Old 02-23-19, 08:15 AM
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Re: Blocking spam

Hell, block any post uses http. That should hopefully stop most, if not all.
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Old 02-23-19, 08:28 AM
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Re: Blocking spam

There's talk about this in the Upgrade Master thread. In that, new members shouldn't be able to create a new thread without X number of posts first.

Originally Posted by Noonan View Post
Following up. Could we re-instate the post requirement before being able to start threads? More spam from 1 post members today.
Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
OK, I believe I fixed it, but let me know if not.

EDIT: Also just IP-banned a good chunk of spammers from India.
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Old 02-23-19, 08:38 AM
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Re: Blocking spam

Originally Posted by Nick Danger View Post
I've seen a lot of spam posts lately with the link as the thread title. Can the forum be set up to block posts with http:// and https:// in the thread titles?

It isn't used very much otherwise. The last legitimate post with that combination of characters in the title was in 2012.
Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
I'll see what we can do. I don't think we can specifically ban key phrases in thread titles, but we can ban users from posting links/images until they have X # of posts.
That was the response when I asked the same question a month ago in the upgrade master thread.

If anything has been done on IB's end (blocking new users from posting links/images/until # of posts) to cut down on the spam it hasn't helped one bit.
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Old 02-23-19, 07:12 PM
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Re: Blocking spam

Controversially, if I had to choose, I'd rather the spam be in new, obvious threads that are easy to spot and remove, versus them necro-bumping random threads with spammy replies. Of course, I'd rather not have any spam at all.
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Old 02-23-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner View Post
Of course, I'd rather not have any spam at all.
None, really? Out of all of these flavors?


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Old 02-24-19, 10:53 AM
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Re: Blocking spam

Originally Posted by Adam Tyner View Post
Controversially, if I had to choose, I'd rather the spam be in new, obvious threads that are easy to spot and remove, versus them necro-bumping random threads with spammy replies. Of course, I'd rather not have any spam at all.
There is that. I get up at 4 AM on Saturday mornings for work, and I report the obvious spam. These ones are super obvious.
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Old 02-24-19, 08:03 PM
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Re: Blocking spam

When was the last time a "Cool New Member" had anything worthwhile to say anyway? I say the admins should block anyone from posting if their account is newer than, say, Feb 13, 2005.
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Old 02-25-19, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
When was the last time a "Cool New Member" had anything worthwhile to say anyway? I say the admins should block anyone from posting if their account is newer than, say, Feb 13, 2005.

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Old 02-25-19, 01:13 PM
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This looks like something beyond admin control, we will go ahead and surface this to the tech team and try and work out a solution!
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Old 02-25-19, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by IB_Villalobos View Post
This looks like something beyond admin control, we will go ahead and surface this to the tech team and try and work out a solution!
See my post in the Jan 3rd Upgrade thread. We're seeing more of these because new members have no post requirement before being able to start new threads. Any bot can sign up and start posting spam threads asap. Before the upgrade, there was a post requirement to be able to start a thread.
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Old 02-25-19, 01:22 PM
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I understand, Adam raises a good point about the spam being obvious versus difficult to find. We are going to try to fix both of those problems.
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Old 02-26-19, 04:49 PM
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Adam has a script in place that may take care of a good portion of the Spammers. We will see how it goes.
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Old 02-27-19, 12:13 AM
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Unfortunately, it didn't catch this one: https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-bargai...-diet-%2A.html
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Re: Blocking spam

It did automatically ban him, though! He registered, confirmed his email, and posted in less than 60 seconds, so it was too fast for my script to catch him in time. (I say “him”, but it was obviously a bot.)

l’ll adjust things in the morning so it’ll remove threads like that too.

What I coded is a starting point, so it won’t get everything, but it does seem to be doing a good job keeping the numbers down significantly.
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Old 02-27-19, 07:30 AM
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Okay, spam with links and/or a certain keyword in the title will automatically be archived.
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Old 02-27-19, 08:09 AM
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Ah, well done, then!
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