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Ninjahedge
June 27th, 2007, 09:37 AM
Guys, seeing the three porn spam posts we got on the skyscraper forum, might I suggest a blocker?

They all seem to be new posters. One simple way to stop things liek this may be to prevent any picture or link post for anyone with less than ## of posts. Say, 5.

Hell, even 3 might do it.

Another would be a requirement for other details to be input into the profile. Things taht would make this site different than others in regards to its signup page that would discourage signup and spam bots (make it so they could not post here without having to do it manually...)

Just a thought.

Coming in and seeing "incest father" or whateve the hell it was this morning was quite disturbing!

ablarc
June 27th, 2007, 09:53 AM
Coming in and seeing "incest father" or whateve the hell it was this morning was quite disturbing!
I don't open stuff like that; don't want the emotional shock of getting zapped by that much depravity. You can usually tell it's one of those without opening the thread. And if it seems borderline, you can wait until it's been around long enough for a moderator to remove it. If it's still there twelve hours after you notice it, chances are it's OK.

Feel sorry for the moderators. It's like cleaning toilets.

Ninjahedge
June 27th, 2007, 10:11 AM
I understand, but I usually click and report what I see.

For the most part they have been relatively tame sales spam, but this one was outright porn.

I have seen the link/img ban on new posters at other sites and while it is frustrating, if you can't spend 10 minutes reading/posting on other topics before linking, maybe you are just not patient enough to be here, you know?

NoyokA
June 28th, 2007, 04:27 PM
It's not a bad idea.

User Name
June 28th, 2007, 10:49 PM
I've heard of (and seen) a spam blocker patch or add-on for Vbulletin and, from what I've seen of it it does a great job.

It blocks posts from proxy IPs, unless you're on an approved list. Cuts spam to almost a zero level.

NoyokA
June 28th, 2007, 11:03 PM
I've heard of (and seen) a spam blocker patch or add-on for Vbulletin and, from what I've seen of it it does a great job.

It blocks posts from proxy IPs, unless you're on an approved list. Cuts spam to almost a zero level.

Another good idea.

Punzie
June 28th, 2007, 11:26 PM
I've heard of (and seen) a spam blocker patch or add-on for Vbulletin and, from what I've seen of it it does a great job.
You must be referring to this add-on of vBulletin:

Prevent Spam Posts

Description
This will allow you to automatically scan new posts from new members for common spam keywords. If any are found, the post/thread will be sent to the moderation queue to prevent their spam from having any affect. If your filter is very strict, and a regular user happens to trigger it, no harm is done because your moderators can just approve the post.

Options
Maximum Posts - this will only scan posts posted by users who have this many (or less) posts. Usually spammers only post 1-5 times!
Keywords - a list of keywords (or any strings) to be searched. Remember it doesn't match a whole word, so a keyword of "[url" will block the user from posting any links. This is NOT case sensitive!
I've moderated one vBulletin board that has it, and it works nicely if it's implemented carefully. I'll bring it up in the moderator forum right now.:)

Ninjahedge
June 29th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Actually rap, no.

He is talking about one that does this:


It blocks posts from proxy IPs, unless you're on an approved list.

That is kind of like PeerGuardian or AdAware. It deliberately finds IP's or other things and blocks them if it is either not on an approved list, or is on a forbidden list.

Spam filters are difficult in that they would probably scan every message and might end up blocking certain legit posts, or use up a lot of system resources in the process of scanning/filtering all the messages. They are more useful for mailings than anything else.