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Postby pcnetwrx » Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:03 pm

We sure have been getting a lot of "spammers" for lack of a better term trying to join the board. Every day they sign up and every day I delete them without approving them. I wonder if they will ever get tired of trying to sign up. I guess I'll just keep clicking on that delete button!
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Postby Greg » Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:01 pm

I guess it's a sign that your board is getting more popular but it sure is annoying dealing with it.
They sign up... list their website... and move on.
Most of them don't even activate or list a real email for confirmation.
I check everyone that signs up on my board and if they even look suspicious I delete them.
I had one guy that even had the gall to sign up... confirm... and then ask how to post an avatar. It was in a topic that was completely inappropriate for a question like that.
I answered I don't do avatars and deleted him and the posts a day later.
If you google some of these names you see that they have signed up on hundreds of sites but never posted.
Spam by any other name...
All I can say is keep deleting.
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Postby pcnetwrx » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:04 pm

I keep thinking, "What a waste of time." Most of them (more than half) put in web site links that don't exist, have been taken down, or are blank. So what's the point? Of course the others do list web sites that push pills or gambling or porn. They also ALL have ICQ addresses. So pretty much anyone that fills in a web site on their profile is suspect at this point.

BTW, I used your google trick on the last one that was borderline and he was all over the place so I deleted him. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby Greg » Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:28 pm

BTW, I used your google trick on the last one that was borderline and he was all over the place so I deleted him. Thanks for the tip.

You're welcome.

Party poker and drugs seems to be the mainstay of these people.
I rarely check out the website because it's usually obvious what they are but if I do I google it first in case it's a link to a virus or something like that.
It doesn't do any good to block the isp's because they mostly just make up the addresses anyway.
Another thing.... how many regular people are ready with HTML code for their signatures...? Not many.
It takes them longer to sign up than it does for me to delete so maybe one day they will decide it's not worth it.
Or so we can only hope.
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Postby pcnetwrx » Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:25 am

I am making some progress by incorporating some anti-spam mods to my board. I now have incorporated mods to identify the IP address of the spammers that try to sign up, and to remove the profile items that they were most interested in, mainly the listing of their web site. By actively adding their IP addresses to the ban list, the signups have gone from up to 10 a day down to just 1 or 2. Hopefully, they will dwindle down to nothing eventually.

Anyway, I just thought I would report my progress on this issue.
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Postby Greg » Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:09 pm

That's encouraging..... any progress is good news.
I've also started banning my big offenders and it has helped.
I see no reason for anybody from techemail or bigmail or mailbox or even gmail to be signing up to my board.

Hopefully, they will dwindle down to nothing eventually.

as long as there are greedy spammers out there I'm afraid it's a battle with no end in sight.
Then there are those that sign up... activate... no ICQ or website to indicate deception... then spam you a day or two later.

Thanks for the progress report.
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