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View Full Version : Outbrake of Spam Users



BabyJack
05-21-2008, 11:51 AM
Has anyone noticed that members like nsk and other ones have been flooding the forums with the same message.
I remember one saying 'Hey, nice posting!' then a link to their site.
This will be a hard job for the moderators, so I think that each thread should have to be approved and members less than 100 posts, have to have their posts approved by a mod.

rafiki
05-21-2008, 12:23 PM
http://www.codingforums.com/report.php?p=691187
Report Post
there is a link for us 'regulars' to click if we 'think' it's spam. the mod for that forum then gets notified and acts appropriatly.
It's a red triangle witht an exclamtion mark in (!)

pixencom
05-21-2008, 12:30 PM
I just reported one of their posts. The image location concerns me, it may be a masked PHP file. Hope a mod/admin gets on this.


This will be a hard job for the moderators, so I think that each thread should have to be approved and members less than 100 posts, have to have their posts approved by a mod.

I think that would be even harder for the mods. I would be included in that restriction :S. I say posting limits for people under 7 days.

BabyJack
05-21-2008, 01:28 PM
I guess you beet me to it :P

NancyJ
05-21-2008, 02:30 PM
nsk has been banned already but his posts still exist.

BabyJack
05-21-2008, 02:33 PM
Good. There is like 13 more. Dont know if they are all banned .-.

liorean
05-21-2008, 02:57 PM
There's only four of us who can clear out all post by a member across the various forums: George, Jason, Kevin and I. So naturally, if a moderator finds a spammer, he'll ban him, but the cleaning up must be done by one of us four if it's not a single-post spammer. (Most spammers are...) Another type of spamming that has become "popular" the last months is tag-team spamming, hiding the spamminess as a conversation.

I went through users <2 posts back in April, all the way to last day of 2007. There were so many users with spammy signatures or obvious names but no posts that I must have cleared out maybe every fourth new user in that time. And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.

BabyJack
05-21-2008, 03:08 PM
Ok. :)

oracleguy
05-21-2008, 04:49 PM
But if you see spam, your best bet is the report this post link. That way someone in charge will be alerted and take a look at it.

oesxyl
05-22-2008, 02:48 AM
nsk has been banned already but his posts still exist.
and count as backlinks for search engines. This is the real reason to spam cf. Since they don't see that the posts are removed, they come back to post again.


There's only four of us who can clear out all post by a member across the various forums: George, Jason, Kevin and I. So naturally, if a moderator finds a spammer, he'll ban him, but the cleaning up must be done by one of us four if it's not a single-post spammer. (Most spammers are...) Another type of spamming that has become "popular" the last months is tag-team spamming, hiding the spamminess as a conversation.

I went through users <2 posts back in April, all the way to last day of 2007. There were so many users with spammy signatures or obvious names but no posts that I must have cleared out maybe every fourth new user in that time. And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.
I could help to find the old spammed posts in my spare time if this help and is effective.


But if you see spam, your best bet is the report this post link. That way someone in charge will be alerted and take a look at it.
I have two problem with that:
1. last two spammer I reported, use a bot, so they post about 6-10 posts in less then 60 seconds. After first report I recive a message like "you must wait for 60 seconds untill next report"
2. reporting each post of a spammer don't stress instead of help? I report each post because I think that is more easy for moderators to identify the posts and remove, but now I'm confuse, :)

regards

oracleguy
05-22-2008, 03:33 AM
Report one spam post per user, it isn't our first barbeque, the moderator that gets it will ban the user and remove the offending post. If there are other posts, they will let someone else know. And it is easy to mass remove spam by a single user, you just have to search for all posts by the user and hit delete so don't worry about that.

oesxyl
05-22-2008, 03:52 AM
Report one spam post per user, it isn't our first barbeque, the moderator that gets it will ban the user and remove the offending post. If there are other posts, they will let someone else know.
is hard to decide from one post that is spam or not if of course this is not obvious, :)
some are half-spammer, :) For example somebody post few weeks ago some links and comments as BabyJack said but also post a answer to a question, a good one, :)
I assume that somebody read the post before removing, :)


And it is easy to mass remove spam by a single user, you just have to search for all posts by the user and hit delete so don't worry about that.
I know, that's the way I find them once I find one, :)

regards

abduraooft
05-22-2008, 09:28 AM
And then George changed the member list so that links are rel="nofollow" just to make sure member list spamming won't give them any pay offs.

IMO, when a new user get registered, he/she should get a notification about this change, along with the welcome message.

CFMaBiSmAd
05-22-2008, 12:20 PM
If the permissions/groups are supposed to be setup so that new members cannot post links, it is not working.

There is a current list of 7 spam posts with 5 links in the post by this member - geekguoji
http://www.codingforums.com/member.php?u=62482 who signed up on 05-22-2008

oracleguy
05-22-2008, 04:19 PM
There is a current list of 7 spam posts with 5 links in the post by this member - geekguoji
http://www.codingforums.com/member.php?u=62482 who signed up on 05-22-2008

Thanks for the heads up, the user has been banned and the posts removed.

Deacon Frost
05-24-2008, 07:16 AM
vBulletin has a prune forum by user name option? Just insert their name, click ok, and it's like they never existed.

liorean
05-24-2008, 10:02 PM
vBulletin has a prune forum by user name option? Just insert their name, click ok, and it's like they never existed.There's a few differences between the various privileges given to staff. The Moderator control panel doesn't allow one to do much at all. The Super Moderator control panel allows pruning, banning, changing signatures etc. And the Admin control panel of course controls everything about the forum.

It's only since the infraction system was added that ordinary moderators have been able to ban users at all. And they still cannot delete posts outside their jurisdiction.

Trinithis
05-25-2008, 07:58 AM
Perhaps it would make things easier if normal mods could delete posts from other forums if the user is banned.

Philip M
05-31-2008, 09:45 AM
On several occasions I have suggested that the first few (say 5) posts by new users should be moderated before being posted. I do realise that this involves more work for moderators, but I am a member of several forums where this is done and spamming or inaqppropriate messages are consequently non-existant.

BabyJack
06-09-2008, 05:17 PM
Good idea. :)

gnomeontherun
06-09-2008, 05:32 PM
On several occasions I have suggested that the first few (say 5) posts by new users should be moderated before being posted. I do realise that this involves more work for moderators, but I am a member of several forums where this is done and spamming or inaqppropriate messages are consequently non-existant.

And then we would discourage new users because they probably won't have the patience to wait for their messages to get approved. This forum should be about bringing in new people and helping them, and we would limit that.

BabyJack
06-09-2008, 05:39 PM
Oh yes.. but it was a good idea. Maybe if the forums went that popular, then they would wait. But if they see people gettin speady replies, they will be discouraged.



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