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Problem Whats with all the spam threads?? Can't you block the IP address?

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting / Suggestions' started by Venomgland, Oct 11, 2017.

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  1. Venomgland

    Venomgland Arachnosquire

    Every time I get on here is more and more. Its all different user names, but it can't be all different people. Anyway to block the IP address?
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  2. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnosquire Active Member

    An IP address is remarkably easy to change or obscure. Trying to fight spam via IP address blacklists would be tedious and fruitless.

    Possibly some sort of recaptcha during the registration process, or having first 1-3 forum posts hidden until moderator/staff approval would be a reasonable solution.
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  3. Rittdk01

    Rittdk01 Arachnoknight

    Yeah I almost posted this. It’s getting to be a joke on here after 8:00.
  4. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    @viper69 and myself had already posted about this. Seems to be an explosion of spam threads since last time the site was down.
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  5. Graves6661

    Graves6661 Arachnosquire

    Spam threads have been hitting a couple other forums I visit regularly. Seems as soon as a solution to block them is found, they find a way to beat it lol
  6. For many forums this might work.
    But here -- we sometimes get a first post from a scared newbie with a T disaster (or imagined disaster) and we want that post available asap.
    Even if the disaster isn't real, we might be able to prevent a T being flipped during moult or placed in icu.

    [OP: Not that the mods need our assistance, but this should have gone in Troubleshooting/Suggestions instead of T-Chat.]
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  7. WoofSpider

    WoofSpider Arachnosquire

    There is a recaptcha as part of the registration process. Spambots have figured out how to beat it somehow.
  8. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    I just made myself a nice little game of reporting the threads with a portmanteau involving the word "Spam" as the reason.
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  9. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Today has certainly been bad for it. Counted 13 spam thread so far
  10. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yes, this is a good point. Perhaps it would be better to simply limit the posting of URLs or images in the first post, until the account is 'verified' by an admin.

    Yes, recaptcha is definitely not 100%, but combined with other anti-spam methods it can be useful. I registered so recently as well, but I don't recall that part of the process. I guess this is what old age feels like...

    I was mainly tossing out some suggestions off the top of my head, similar to what @Venom1080 was doing. We all want a spam-free experience, but the offending posts have been removed pretty promptly (they're usually late at night in the Pacific timezone, and gone in the morning). Users elsewhere in the world will have a different experience, of course.
  11. WoofSpider

    WoofSpider Arachnosquire


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  12. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnosquire Active Member

    Haha, thanks. I believed you, I was just marveling at the fact that I didn't recall the step since I'd completed registration fairly recently. I would not have mentioned it as a solution had I remembered doing it.
  13. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I'm assuming you're just being sarcastic. Hard to tell in writing. ;)

    I think blocking the first few responses of a thread is a terrible idea. Not to mention it's extremely annoying for mods, but also a pain if the OP needs help asap.

    Blocking the whole thread till approved is also bad, for the same reasons.
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  14. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnosquire Active Member

    Not being sarcastic, no. Not every new member is combative. ;)

    I agreed with @Ellenantula regarding holding first posts, but is it required to create a post with a URL to an external site when you are a new member asking for help? I modified my suggestion, forum software permitting, to only hold first posts when a URL to an external site is included.

    Again, just making suggestions to potentially assist with a problem that impacts us all, similar to your original post. We're working towards the same goal.
  15. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks everyone for your patience while we deal with the spam and for reporting it when you see it. Your concern and suggestions are also appreciated.

    I also want to remind everyone that replying to spam posts is against the forum rules. Please do not even give it a rating of any kind.

    From the site's Help/ Terms & Rules page

    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
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