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ECO
09-28-2009, 08:21 PM
Hey all,

Due to a continued increase in spam, which has ranged from the most subtle to the most *ahem*...graphic, I just activated a filter for posts from new users.

This will subject new user's first X posts to screening via a stringent third-party spam database, and hopefully weed out the remainder of the spam I can't catch manually.

If for some reason your posts aren't making it through and you think they should, please send me a PM or email. I expect to have to work out some kinks.

Thanks.

ECO
09-30-2009, 07:28 AM
It's working so far. :D

westerman
09-30-2009, 11:22 AM
And a good idea. Yesterday's posts were definitely NSFW (not safe for work). Actually they weren't safe for home either. :eek: It is a shame that our beloved site got hit that way.

ECO
04-06-2015, 09:12 AM
Bump for not needing to modify this setting for 6 years. :)

GenoMax
04-06-2015, 09:21 AM
Perhaps not quite working yet ;)

Not the kind of spam from this morning but still .. just saw one pop up (from an existing spam user).

ECO
04-06-2015, 09:39 AM
Thanks. Different reasons, but got it too.

dpryan
04-06-2015, 11:09 AM
There's another one that just popped up. Seems to be largely throttled at least.

dpryan
04-06-2015, 12:36 PM
This one (http://seqanswers.com/forums/member.php?u=58611) literally asks to be banned under "instruments".

GenoMax
04-06-2015, 01:28 PM
Spambots appear to have made a come back .. at a reduced rate though.

ECO
04-06-2015, 01:31 PM
Some of the first accounts didn't get banned...I'm keeping an eye on my phone from the road...:/

Brian Bushnell
04-06-2015, 06:57 PM
Still seems to not quite be working. Though, most of the spam posts now show up as "moderated".

dpryan
04-06-2015, 10:23 PM
Seems to be only one account (slowly) getting through at the moment. Depending on what permissions they get, you might want to just deputize a few more moderators.

Brian Bushnell
04-07-2015, 12:57 AM
Another possibility, at present, is to prohibit the use of non-ASCII unicode characters in new posts, if you have that kind of flexibility...

GenoMax
04-07-2015, 04:22 AM
Looks like the bots are working through the new "300 seconds between two posts" limit.

Brian Bushnell
04-07-2015, 09:39 AM
Looks like the bots are working through the new "300 seconds between two posts" limit.

It's a lot easier to clean up, though.

vivek_
04-07-2015, 10:07 AM
Also slightly more intelligible yet useless spam like this:

http://seqanswers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56416

ECO
04-07-2015, 10:45 AM
Seems to be only one account (slowly) getting through at the moment. Depending on what permissions they get, you might want to just deputize a few more moderators.

Happy to...volunteers welcome! ;)

Another possibility, at present, is to prohibit the use of non-ASCII unicode characters in new posts, if you have that kind of flexibility...

I am working on installing a totally new spam protection, probably when I upgrade to vBulletin5...

Looks like the bots are working through the new "300 seconds between two posts" limit.

Yeah, this is a stopgap until I have a better system...

Thanks guys for bearing with this...I know it's annoying. We are getting hammered lately...

dpryan
04-08-2015, 12:57 AM
I guess I'll volunteer, since at least that will spread out the time zone coverage a bit. BTW, the spammer seems to have gotten through somehow.

maubp
05-29-2015, 06:48 AM
I'm also willing to wield moderator powers for banning the occasional spammer.

In the meaning the 300s rule means 5 minutes between posts, which sadly blocks my usual pattern of scanning the forum periodically and answering a batch of questions. I hope this stopgap can be replaced...

bio_informatics
06-04-2015, 05:33 AM
Perhaps introducing "captcha" for first 15-10 posts would eliminate bots?

PS: I'm unsure how easy it is for site admins to introduce any new feature based on time, and financial resources. :)

Brian Bushnell
06-12-2015, 08:07 PM
I highly recommend immediately banning or moderating all posts from new members with Korean (or, less-ideally, non-ASCII) characters in the title. These are all spam, and I think it really detracts from the site's reputation to constantly have the latest posts being spam.