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July 29, 2012, 08:03:12 PM
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What's with all the spammers today? Don't we have a security system to block this kind of stuff?

July 29, 2012, 08:17:30 PM
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Im not sure if they have the "not a bot" program implemented into the registration process, though it could be advisable.  This spammer may be only a bot. A simple IP ban would suffice.
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July 29, 2012, 08:48:37 PM
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Yeah no kidding.  We have captchas, email confirmation, and spambot blacklists, already in place.  But there's one hole that lets them through, and that's the same process that lets any users in:  New people from new ip addresses which don't have a history of spamming are allowed to register.

The only solution is to apply a ban and clean up the posts after the fact, which we do multiple times per week.  The only thing unusual about today's spambot is that it spammed the same thing 20 times, rather than the usual of one or two times.

And Constructman, please do not go around and reply to all of a spambot's posts, and especially do not quote the spam and include the spamming link.  It doubles the amount of work it takes to clean up a spammer when I have to clean up the spam posts, and then clean up all the replies to it that are including the links they're trying to spam everywhere.

(Also, they're bots.  Talking to them is about as useful as talking to your car.)
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August 24, 2012, 02:09:03 AM
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Yeah no kidding.  We have captchas, email confirmation, and spambot blacklists, already in place.  But there's one hole that lets them through, and that's the same process that lets any users in:  New people from new ip addresses which don't have a history of spamming are allowed to register.

The only solution is to apply a ban and clean up the posts after the fact, which we do multiple times per week.  The only thing unusual about today's spambot is that it spammed the same thing 20 times, rather than the usual of one or two times.

And Constructman, please do not go around and reply to all of a spambot's posts, and especially do not quote the spam and include the spamming link.  It doubles the amount of work it takes to clean up a spammer when I have to clean up the spam posts, and then clean up all the replies to it that are including the links they're trying to spam everywhere.

(Also, they're bots.  Talking to them is about as useful as talking to your car.)

I have two barely-constructive comments.

1.)  There's another solution, which is to close registrations altogether. 
2.)  I talk to my car.  It helps.  We bond, so that the car and I don't wind up bonding with a tree.