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Postby k1w1taxi » Sat Dec 23, 2006 8:35 pm

I know that admin spends far too much time checking and deleting spam, but logging on today after about 10 days or so of not checking I find every single section has new posts 98% of which are either Helium spam or invitations to see Britney sucking something.

Is there not some way we can prevent this happening. If it means that it is a little more difficult for me to post I am prepared to accept that to not continue to be regularly assailed with this crap.

Failing that does anyone know a really good hacker/programmer that can help us fight back, perhaps a nice auto dialler/clicker program to jam the helium sites with so many clicks that they go broke paying our friend Z. :twisted: :twisted:

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Postby SoulThief » Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:30 am

Sorry, I changed from adsl to adsl2 and my isp managed to completely wreck everything. Hence i have been off-line for several weeks **sigh**

I am going through deleting what spam I can. At present only Rick and I moderate. I guess a few other old-timers could volunteer to help moderate :)

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Postby HomieBear » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:00 pm

I'm not really an old-timer but I don't mind having spam-deleting powers if it will help keep this site spam-free. It's so annoying.
None of those old stories that foresaw the internet ever predicted spam, that's for sure.
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Postby Brightonian » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:47 am

Hmm, which "old stories" predicted the Internet?

I can only think of John Brunner's Shockwave Rider, which AFAIK also introduced the terms "virus" and "worm". However, that was more of an extrapolation of existing technology than a prediction, as ARPAnet was already up and running in 1975.
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Postby HomieBear » Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:38 pm

There was an old (1950s) Arthur C. Clarke story which had a computer establish a global communications network and then promptly take it over. Lots of others too, though details are hazy right now.
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Postby SoulThief » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:16 am

As Rick is the owner of the site we need to wait for him to approve any new moderators. But thanks for offering. We'll see what he says :)

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Postby admin » Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:47 pm

Well, at least for the moment, as far as I can tell, all the spam is gone. Of course, the hours I spent deleting the spam are gone, too.

Thanks for your help, Soul Thief. And HomieBear is now an administrator.

I assume the people posting all these spam messages are poor people in India, who are paid a cent or a fraction of a cent for every spam they post. They seem to be individuals, rather than bots. As soon as I block them under one name, they come back under another name. They seem to post from 0 to 12 posts, mostly identical, before changing names. I'm not sure why they post in so many different threads, but I guess they get paid something for each thread and then something for each post in that thread. I wish I understood better how it works.

There are several things that would be a big help. If I could delete all the posts by a given user, or remove a user from membership instead of just blocking that user from posting, or if I could delete a thread instead of only being able to delete by topic. Or if I could block all messages containing a particular up address.

When I look up the up address of the spam poster, I'm told they are posting from my up address. Don't know how the do that.

Anyway, thanks again for the help.

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Postby shrike522 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:48 pm

Hello I don't see the spam as being gone.
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Postby admin » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:24 am

The problem is that the spammers are adding spam as fast as I delete it. Sout Thief and HomieBear have joined in the work of deleting spam, but the posters, who I assume are being paid to post spam anywhere and everywhere, just keep on going. As soon as I block one name, they sign up under another name. Also, they use an ip address of a major server, so that I can't block them that way. If you know any way to stop this, please let me know. I would hate for sfsite forum to die because of this problem. Of course, the spammers don't care, since the must get paid even if all their spam gets deleted.

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Postby SoulThief » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:06 pm

I think that we are going to have to examine our registration options etc.

I will look into it

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