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    I noticed a couple of things about the new site.

    1. The "Introductions" board seems to have disappeared. I know it was migrated over from the old site, but in the last few days it seems to have disappeared. Perhaps it was temporarily removed because DougO is working on some new anti-spam initiative?

    2. I note at the bottom of home page it says: "Members: 93,808 Active Members: 2,152" I'm curious what the definition of an "Active Member" is.


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    1 - DougO made the Introductions forum less visible pending his installation of the new spam-reduction measures that the new version can offer. We're hoping to eliminate the necessity at some point. Though I love how effective it's been!!

    2 - DougO would probably know more than I do but it may have to do with the number of posters who've ever actually posted. Especially when it comes to 'bots', lots of...shall we say, entities... who register never post.
    "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jan View Post
      1 - DougO made the Introductions forum less visible pending his installation of the new spam-reduction measures that the new version can offer. We're hoping to eliminate the necessity at some point. Though I love how effective it's been!!

      2 - DougO would probably know more than I do but it may have to do with the number of posters who've ever actually posted. Especially when it comes to 'bots', lots of...shall we say, entities... who register never post.
      1 - Yes, I figured that was the case.

      2 - I thought it might have something to do how recently they've posted, e.g., people who have posted in the last year. It seems that a lot of "entities" got purged during the migration. I believe there were something like 275,000 "members" on the old site.

      Thanks for answering my questions.

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      • #4
        I plan to spend some time this weekend looking through the anti-spam options and research which might work best. There are some very promising looking options available. There are a couple that involve partnering with an external service for advanced spam detection. Below are descriptions of two of these services:

        The Stop Forum Spam service provides detection of potential spammers during new user registration. When enabled, users can be detected via their IP address, email address, and username.
        The Akismet service provides spam detection for user submitted posts. When enabled, suspected posts will be marked as spam, leaving the posts only visible to moderators for approval or deletion.
        I had started looking at these after Thanksgiving but then got sidetracked with other work. Thanks for reminding me to get back to this.

        Thanks,

        -DougO

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DougO View Post
          I plan to spend some time this weekend looking through the anti-spam options and research which might work best. There are some very promising looking options available.

          I had started looking at these after Thanksgiving but then got sidetracked with other work. Thanks for reminding me to get back to this. -DougO
          You're welcome.

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