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What's with the new spammers?

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by DarkAlchemist, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. DarkAlchemist

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    I hate random drive by spammers so something on this site has broken down that is allowing them in and five threads so far in just this sub forum. I went to 3d printers and there was one there too so I suspect they are all over the forum and sub forums.
     
  2. Rick 2.0

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    They're not really new, just growing in numbers. Over the last 12 weeks have grown from 251/week to 487. And its not a case of a system breakdown. In Pakistan, India, and many other third world countries where people make a dollar a day, it is very easy to fill rooms with people who do nothing but spam the forums of the world. While the system can easily handle computer bots, it is just not designed to battle human spammers.
     
  3. DarkAlchemist

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    Yeah, I am not sure anything can handle the human spammers. Have you looked at the ips to see where these are all coming from or are they using a tunnel device?

    The only thing I can think might slow them down is if they have to wait to be accepted since a spammer just wants on immediately.
     
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    I have seen cyber cafes turned into these spam businesses in the Philippines.

    Unfortunately those idiots have a lot of the websites I used to visit blocked by country now.
     
  5. DarkAlchemist

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    Yep, you are 100% correct but it soon gets so far out of hand the admin normally has to do that or the normal users slowly start leaving when faced with hundreds per day. We haven't reached that point yet, and I hope we don't, but if ever the admin will surely be faced with the same decision as countless admins before them has.
     
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    some of them posts look like bots, plenty of solutions including verification(s) I have been mod, super mod, admin and root admin on may forums over the years

    The hard job is finding the loopholes in your system and keeping on top of it

    Most trolls and spammers are using vpn and proxy services so tracing them is getting harder, its pointless banning ip's as in 10-15 seconds you can get a new one and pop up on a server half way around the world
     
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    This is true as well and I have been all of those myself and it is just very hard, and getting harder by the day, to stop them 100%. The one thing I did find that worked the best requires the most man power and that is a human has to flip the switch for you to post. You pass all of the bot stuff but still have to wait a few days to post and spammers do not want to wait a few days to be able to spam your forum.

    I know this on a normal forum where your audience is the USA, for instance, you do all of the above and start banning known spammer country's entire ip blocks. Both together kills off 99.97% while just doing the first gets about 70-90%.
     
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