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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Thanks ikey,
I'll take it off the unanswered posts list now :P
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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I thought there was a high level of anti-spam in registration process! This isn't a complaint, just an observation. When I was registering I guessed that this forum would have trouble with spammers...(like most forums I guess).
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Meh, spammers will inevitably find a way around anti-spam measures implemented in any forum. Just a fact of life, I suppose.
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What to do with Spam

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This is still relevant and worth reposting as the spam keeps coming...

Over the last few weeks spam has been evolving from blatant advertisements for iPhones,Blackberries and such to something much more subtle and insidious.
There has been a huge increase in spam links in signature lines - often looking innocent enough,but connecting to sites selling all manner of dubious items.
Another unwelcome development is spam links contained within the body of posts,again connecting to sites selling dubious goods and services or software of questionable legality.
If you spot a suspicious post,please don't reply to it,instead click the button with the ! to report the post to the moderators.
We check all reported posts carefully before deciding to delete them,so if you're at all suspicious about a post report it.

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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Would it be possible for a post to be visibly tagged when it has been reported, please? I find that I am diligently reporting posts, only to get a message saying that they have already been reported. Many thanks.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Reported posts are flagged,but are only visible as such to Moderators and Admins
There is no simple way to change this
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Maybe their intention is not actually for spamming but for link building (backlinking), a Search Engine Optimization method.
Same as mine, but I have no intention of spamming thru signature. And I'm not selling dubious items. Just giving free service. :)
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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There are some serious spam posts from this user: brawnypandora0
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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vincent wrote:Meh, spammers will inevitably find a way around anti-spam measures implemented in any forum. Just a fact of life, I suppose.
I've run forums for years now, and I know that to be about as true as they come. Heck, even my blog has a pretty draconian anti-spam system on it just to keep the little pond suckers out. :twisted:
indaymadel wrote:Maybe their intention is not actually for spamming but for link building (backlinking), a Search Engine Optimization method.
Same as mine, but I have no intention of spamming thru signature. And I'm not selling dubious items. Just giving free service. :)
Well, you're partially right on that. Blatant spamming (all that iphone and other junk) is meant to generate direct sales. The subtle stuff is for SEO. So yeah, it depends on the spammer and what they're after. So it's a little bit of both. In some cases the spam is actually designed to entrap users in order to install drive by viruses.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Personally, I'd love to declare an open season on them with a bounty. Oddly, if we did that nobody would have to lift a finger, because the spammers would start turning on each other. lol.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Spank the spammer!!
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Pranaone wrote:Spank the spammer!!
LOL!
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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How about:
Spammer = Permaban

Could also add captcha if you have an issue with bot spam.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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Spam actually isn't that bad if you fry it and eat it on toast with some spicy mustard. Although been years since I've had a good hunk of spam, lol. Messing round ...

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Re: What to do with SPAM

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on another forum i am a moderator on ,one of our number checks every new membership application [ok sometimes after the event] and we then ban not only the user by name but if a known spamming group,also the ISP
now this is fine for us as we are primarily a British based forum but for something as international as MINT this would also effect honest members in the same region, so it down to the mod/admin team to deal with BUT with the assistance of all genuine members to report suspected post or members, im sure like my other forum the staff are all voluntary and deserve a day off or lye in locationally

don't get dis-hearten and keep up the good work

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Re: What to do with SPAM

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I am also moderator on another forum and actively ban and delete spamming members. If the email of the new member is listed on Stop Forum Spam site....
http://www.stopforumspam.com/search.php
Then they get baned for ID, email and they get all their post and threads deleted but their IP's are not baned. This allows members that may be using the same IP host to still be able to use the forum.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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I think linuxmint forum should use recapcha http://www.google.com/recaptcha when user post reply.This should be help
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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There is many spam out on the forum last week or so - even spam links at the bottom of normal posts.
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Re: What to do with SPAM

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I guess I'm not looking hard enough, but I've not yet seen a link that shouldn't be on the forum! Nice job at keeping up with them, moddies!
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