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Spam Preventative Measures

Postby Dramatica » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:34 pm

For everyone out there that has been concerned with the amount of spam on the forum, here is an update.

We have taken several measures to help address the problem. The most significant is the introduction of "Administrator Activation Of New Members". By implementing this system, the administrators intercept the dodgy members before they are even activated, this does not mean that one might slip through sometimes. Also by using this method, we will be eliminating the activation e-mail problems that were happening a few weeks back. So we have killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.

I have also had a major clean up of the members list, all members that were either not active or not activated have been removed. There were some 230 inactive member of the board, our friend JinnaXXX along with all her alias' featured regularly amongst those.

Things that you can do to help keep the board clean is regular scanning of your systems with the program "Ad-Aware". It is a free program that can be downloaded from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Download this program, do the updates and proceed with a full system scan. It will get rid of ad's and spyware that is on your computer. Spyware is a type of file downloaded onto your PC without your knowledge. It can be used to see what websites you regularly visit, so that these spamming bots can find targets. I recommend running the scan once a week.

Thanks for everyones patience!
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Postby The Architect » Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:35 pm

now that you've said that, spammers might read this and then "fake" that there buggy enthusiaists

my two cents

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Postby Dramatica » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:08 am

Most of these spammers are actually computer programs on some distant computer. It would be too much effort for them go reading through the posts and adjusting programs to suit. Like I said, some may stillslip through, but we are doing our best to limit them!
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Postby Reece » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:18 pm

I agree,
Some will get through, but if we see something eg. username, a quick email to luke to make everyone aware.

We cant have some computer programs from asia closing down the forum, we are lucky to have this as it is, if you see something, report it.

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Postby Anonymous » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:04 am

as you can see i have added an extra feature at the moment
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Postby Baboon » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:09 am

ok guys

as stated above in my test account

there has been an extra feature.
i apologise those that it affects.
but it shouldn't worry you guys who have been here a lil while

what it does, it uses the confirmation code when you register, it uses that code, so you have to enter a visual code to make a post, it should only worry ppl with less then 5 post. it is to stop the spam bots
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Postby Dramatica » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:45 am

Nathan,
with the new registration system we have implemented, the spam has been cut 100% (at this stage anyway).

Will the request for a visual code stop after the first five posts?
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Postby Baboon » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:18 pm

ok all went hay wire some where last night sorry to any one wit inconvience
fixing now

all known problems have been fixed

the post count visual code is gone,
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Postby Dramatica » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:06 pm

Bump.

Just thought that some of the newer users should have a read over the first post in this thread to help combat some of the spam.

Thanks.
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Postby Dramatica » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:29 pm

There has been a considerable increase in spam over the past few weeks. Just wondering if members could please read the first post in this thread and help reduce the spam.

Thanks,
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Postby Jack » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:34 pm

Hey Luke,

Just wondering, if we go into the topic and then realise that its spam but still dont post anything, is that still making your job harder, would it make it easier if we didnt go into it at all??????
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Postby Cpo » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:51 pm

Spam F#@*@#G spam.
I have noticed an increase in spam on my work computer and personal email address.
So much for anti spam laws.
They will only catch Aussies not all this overseas crap.
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Postby Dramatica » Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:50 pm

CPO running the program above plus a good anti virus program regularly will help reduce the amount of spam on your computer, e-mails and also the forums that you may visit.
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Postby oddy59 » Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:08 pm

CPO Get OFF those dodgy porno sites, and your problems will diminish! :shock: Just check out the buggy sites :wink: like ME! :?
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Postby Jet » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:12 am

Somethings working! i havent deleted Spam for over a week!

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Postby Dramatica » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:14 am

Yeah I now have to personally check each new member and activate there accounts manually. I sort through 50 or so new members a day.
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Postby Camel » Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:16 pm

Baz,

just saw your earlier post "CPO Get OFF those dodgy porno sites, and your problems will diminish!".

So, how do you discern between a dodgy porn site and a good one?

:wink:

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Postby chrishallett83 » Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:23 am

If Baz has been looking at it, doesn't it automatically qualify as dodgy? :lol:

Just joking dude, I'm sure you only look at high-class porn... 8)
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Postby Dramatica » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:15 pm

Bump!
Please have a read over the first post in this thread again!

Thanks guys.
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Postby Dramatica » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:12 pm

We have recently had a huge increase of SPAM in out admin e-mail. Could everyone please scan the computers when they get the chance so we can limit the amount of crap that gets onto the forum.
Thanks everyone!
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