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    Recently, we've had a lot of people posting advertisements and gimmicks. Perhaps this could be curbed by setting it up so that moderators have to approve accounts before new users may create posts.
    Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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    A lot of the registrants that we suspect are spammers never even post, thank heavens. And Doug's taken some pre-emptive action, too.

    All I would ask is that people don't reply to the spam. Ranger1 and I will eliminate it as soon as we see it.

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jan
      A lot of the registrants that we suspect are spammers never even post, thank heavens. And Doug's taken some pre-emptive action, too.

      All I would ask is that people don't reply to the spam. Ranger1 and I will eliminate it as soon as we see it.

      Jan

      I've noticed we have a huuuuge amount of registered users who have never posted. I love the ones that actually have names like "PRODUCT ADVERTISEMENT"

      Jon
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      • #4
        That would be nice gets irritating to se ads or whatever.

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        • #5
          Sometimes we can weed out the new spammer accounts based on user name or the email domain. Unfortunately many can't be spotted that easily and we don't find out until they post spam.

          One idea I have is to flag new user accounts as always requiring moderation. That way, me or a moderator would have to approve a message before it was visible. After one or two on-topic posts I could promote the account to normal status. I need to look at the forum configuration and see what would be involved in a change like this.

          I'm not sure if it would be more work to pre-screen new users or just delete spam and the associated user when it happens. It does seems like the rate of spam is on the rise.

          Thanks,

          -DougO

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DougO
            Sometimes we can weed out the new spammer accounts based on user name or the email domain. Unfortunately many can't be spotted that easily and we don't find out until they post spam.

            One idea I have is to flag new user accounts as always requiring moderation. That way, me or a moderator would have to approve a message before it was visible. After one or two on-topic posts I could promote the account to normal status. I need to look at the forum configuration and see what would be involved in a change like this.

            I'm not sure if it would be more work to pre-screen new users or just delete spam and the associated user when it happens. It does seems like the rate of spam is on the rise.

            Thanks,

            -DougO
            I have not gone through the sign up process a for a while and forget what goes into it but, would it help to have a word verification or a link that would get emailed and they have to click on the link to get final approval?

            That and I think that a moderation period would be a good idea.
            ---
            Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
            www.benedictfamily.org/podcast

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            • #7
              When a new user registers at the site they are sent an email with a link which they need to click on to complete the registration. I wish the registration process required the user to transcribe a obscured word in a bitmap as part of the process to break automated scripts. I bet that would cut down the number of spammers. Something like that might be available as an add-on...

              -DougO

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              • #8
                look at Gallireyone.com the outpost does an amazing job of killing spammers off fast and not letting that many get thru and there seem to be alot more people who go there then there are that stop here (seems that way, but doctor who fans can get very um noticable at times)

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                • #9
                  We've curbed spam at The Pit by requiring membership approval. Do you do that here yet?
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                  Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                  • #10
                    What criteria is used for approval?

                    -DougO

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                    • #11
                      Don't know.
                      Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                      • #12
                        Right now we just have the email confirmation before an account is active. There is no human decision in the process. What we need is something that is automatic on our end but requires manual intervention on the spammer's part.

                        -DougO

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DougO
                          Right now we just have the email confirmation before an account is active. There is no human decision in the process. What we need is something that is automatic on our end but requires manual intervention on the spammer's part.

                          -DougO
                          Maybe something like a "word" verification system like they use for posting comments on blogger? Does v bulletin allow for plug-ins?
                          ---
                          Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
                          www.benedictfamily.org/podcast

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                          • #14
                            What about something that makes it so that you just have to click and approve new members? With names like "SAVE MONEY NOW" you can be pretty sure on definite spammers. Some will get through, but not as many.
                            Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                            • #15
                              If we could get such a thing, I agree that the word verification system theBaron suggested would be best.

                              Jan
                              "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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