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Postby Husse on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:50 pm

The forum seems to be under a spam attack
Please report (use the exclamation mark !) all spam posts, but as always ignore them otherwise
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby kanishka on Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:17 am

I noticed it too. Let's keep on cleaning :x
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby Husse on Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:15 pm

I have changed the settings for the "captcha" to make it harder to misuse
Unfortunately it's a bit hard to use as well but if I don't do something I'll not be able to cope with "anonymous" spam
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby Husse on Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:45 am

Changed back the "captcha" It only made it harder for people not spam :(
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby rivenought on Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:18 am

Husse,

Is there some kind of option to the forum software that will only allow registered users to post? I have noticed that many of these spam messages are from unregistered users. I am not familiar with the functions and limitations of the forum software, but I have seen other forums where only registered users could post. While not a complete solution, it might slow the spam flow somewhat.
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby Husse on Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:26 am

First off rivenought - thanks for reporting spam!
Wether to allow anonymous posting or not is a choice we can make and I have just asked Clem if we should stop allowing anonymous
We did not have the option in the previous version of the forum
Unfortunately there seems to be no possibility to use some other authentication mechanism, like the one in the wiki
What is 2 + 4? (of course varying with each attempt)
The spammers have not cracked that one
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby GrayWizardLinux on Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:51 am

Yes--- it has increased tremendously lately. I appreciate all the diligence on your part Husse!
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby FedoraRefugee on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:21 pm

I started a "spam here" thread in jest, but Fred made a very good point in it:

Spam targets are dropped if they don't return clicks. Remember that when you are tempted to click on one of the links. I know, nobody wants to admit they click on spam, but if it wasn't happening, the spam wouldn't be increasing.


To an extent spam is simply on the rise everywhere, other forums are experiencing the same, but Fred does make a good point in that, even though you safely run Linux, do not follow these links. Believe me you are not missing anything, and if you just want to see the **** then visit the sites on your own volition, why pay some spammer?

I have a thought, along with not allowing guests to post. One forum I frequent, a vbulletin powered forum, has an option to not allow a new user to post any links until a set number of posts have been reached. This makes it harder on the newer user, but you could set the number at 10 and it really shouldnt cause too many hardships while stopping much of this drive by spamming. This has really worked for the forum in question. I do not know if phpBB provides this option though.
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Re: Spam alert!

Postby Husse on Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:42 pm

FedoraRefugee I have not seen such an option and - sadly I can't find the option to turn off anonymous posting - it must be there somewhere but I don't see it :)
I have increased the time you have to wait before you can post again from 15 to 35 seconds - lets see if that makes a difference
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