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Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:57 pm
by Tom F
After last night (and this mornings) recent spam attack. Would it be possible for accounts to be required activation by an Admin or Mod, so IP and account names can be checked before they join.

I'm a member of Modellers United forum, which uses the same software as LNER forum, and we now have accounts set for 72hour activation period, plus users first 5 posts are moderated, to stop things like spam attacks.

Cheers

Tom

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:15 pm
by strang steel
I think that is a very good idea, especially the first five posts being moderated. I have just looked at the new members list from the last 48 hours, and there are almost 30 with very suspicious names. We may be in for a lengthy spell of undecipheral nonsense added to each thread.

Why vodka fuelled Russians would bother with this forum is beyond me, unless it is a concerted effort to disrupt all western internet traffic on the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:19 pm
by richard
Yes the few spam posts over the past few hours were from people who signed up before I changed things - I'm about to delete them.

Moderating new posts might be harder - I'll see what I can do.

The "VIP" question is surprisingly effective until someone catches on and feeds it into a robot script.
I think this is the third time I've changed it in 7-8 years?

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:53 pm
by richard
Deleted all the recent dormant accounts. quite a few from the Ukraine too - even though they were pretending to be from places like the Dutch Antilles.

The first five posts from a new member are now also moderated.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:53 pm
by JASd17
Richard,

I trust that everyone who uses this site is grateful that you put so much into ensuring its integrity in all senses.

Thank you.

John

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:11 pm
by Tom F
richard wrote:Deleted all the recent dormant accounts. quite a few from the Ukraine too - even though they were pretending to be from places like the Dutch Antilles.

The first five posts from a new member are now also moderated.
It's worked well for us on Modellers United Richard, and is a first line of defence agains such attacks.
Glad it's helped.

Cheers

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:53 am
by StevieG
JASd17 wrote:Richard,

I trust that everyone who uses this site is grateful that you put so much into ensuring its integrity in all senses.

Thank you.

John
I would certainly second that, with pleasure.

Thank you very much Richard.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:57 am
by strang steel
Yes, I concur with this.

Thanks very much Richard.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:01 am
by Tom F
It's such a shame that it's others from outside try and spoil everything.

Thanks Richard.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:35 pm
by 52D
On Facebook my group is a member of a group of railway and other transport groups who operate a mutual warning against spammers. The basic spam we have had to deal with includes Shoe and Sunglasses spam from mostly oriental sources or using oriental sounding names and European financial spam usually French. There is also a certain few malicious spammers who infiltrate groups and then proceed to insult members and use profane language in postings.
If anyone has a facebook group that would like to have a little bit of advanced warning and names of spamming accounts drop me a pm and I will put you in touch.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:24 pm
by Blink Bonny
Ay up!

I am very grateful that you are so pro-active in de-spamming the Forum. The LMS Forum was killed by these vermin.

Re: Recent Spam Attack

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:54 pm
by Hambone
I think that the forums approach to spam is highly understandable, but it does seem to take a while for posts to be approved, and this may deter newer members. Last night I merely edited my topic's name for more clarity and the entire post has now disappeared.

Another forum I am on, requires account activation by a moderator, as well as having a form to write out informing the admins about yourself and your reasons for registering. It seems quite effective and they have not received issues with spam.

Regardless I'm quite happy to be a part of this forum, the community is quite friendly and very welcoming.

Adam