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Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:03 am

Can we please, please, PLEASE implement user_hidden's suggestion of requiring ALL new members to have their first 2-5 posts approved by an admin before they are visible on the board? The way I understand it, an admin currently has to be involved anyway to delete the offending posts, so it wouldn't be any extra work for the admins, but it would keep the board much, much cleaner. The amount of work might be different if we had a lot of good new members joining and posting frequently, but unfortunately that's not the case.

Just a thought.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by user_hidden » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:06 am

i agree !!!

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by =[FEAR]=JIGSAW » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:55 am

Bring it on already ;)

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:11 pm

......bump.......

I'm curious and a little concerned that there has been no response in this thread by an admin. Maybe they're hard at work on a solution to the problem so they didn't have time? Very strange.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by 5eraph » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:19 pm

I can respond after the fact and delete offending posts. But anything further requires Ryan's attention.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by user_hidden » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:06 pm

5eraph wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:19 pm
I can respond after the fact and delete offending posts. But anything further requires Ryan's attention.

i've been deleting everyday, Ryan has to step in

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by long-lurker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:14 am

yikes, first time i've seen it on this forum...

has anybody counted how many posts "wanglili" was able to post ???

I CAN'T COUNT THAT HIGH !!!

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by long-lurker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:16 am

according to "its" profile, wanglili posted NINETY FIVE of those POS posts !!!

ugh...

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by 5eraph » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:33 pm

Just deleted each and every one of them individually.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:21 am

And we're assuming that Ryan is aware of the issue? It's not like him to let a problem that has become so annoying last this long without some kind of response by him.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by long-lurker » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:06 am

the forum that i moderate, all you do is click the username and then click "goodbye spammer"...
in just TWO CLICKS it deletes ALL of the user's posts and bans the user - TWO CLICKS...

if you had to delete them individually, then that's a problem...
if i moderated here, i would see those 95 posts and NOT DO ANYTHING, let ANOTHER moderator sit for the HOUR+ just to delete crap that shouldn't have been able to land here...

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:02 am

Activities of those spammers are like bots!!

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:13 am

Where is Ryan lately? I haven't seen him post on the board in six months. (literally) I hope he's OK.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by RyanVM » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:01 pm

I was really hoping that moving to phpbb3 + recaptcha2 would be enough to avoid what I was doing prior to upgrading - that is, requiring admin activation of all new accounts. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be working out like I'd hoped. Also annoying is that I haven't found the option to have the board, you know, email me, when a post gets reported. Sorry for the noise everyone, and thanks to user_hidden and 5eraph for doing what they can to keep the dumpster fire under control :(
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by mooms » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:35 pm

The inscription is made by humans, that's why.
The only solution is to manually approve the first two posts of each new member, so they will see their spam will not be displayed and they will move on.
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by RyanVM » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:09 pm

My phpbb3-fu is weak. I'm not seeing that option in the ACP anywhere :(
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by mooms » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:43 am

I can't help, never used phpbb3.
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by user_hidden » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:31 pm

@RyanVM

settings should be in this tree?

admin panel
permissions
groups forum permissions
registered users
the forum you want
advanced permissions
misc tab
Can post without approval

This can also stem from
ACP -> General -> Post settings

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:24 am

Another f***** posted spams here ? https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php? ... 22#p143222
Hey this bloody fools have no sense !!!
I never use slang's in my real life or internet but i lost my temper
these are nothing but b****S**** i am seeing around . Ban These users
@5eraph or @user_hidden remove above post please !!
@Ryan Please do something enough is enough these fools have no place here .

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by user_hidden » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:30 am

when i logon each time and see the spam, i ban the user and delete the post.

Ryan will have to adjust the AdminCP to stop the spam as i can only access ModCP

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:27 pm

Oh!!GoD Save me I wanna Cry What going over my favorite forum
@Ryan Lol Do something
@user_hidden or 5eraph please delete this hells
https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10746
https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10745
https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=10744
I am quite sure now a single guy is doing all this hell works . Making again new accounts to irritate us .
Ban his IP

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:13 am

https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10747
Again another Is their party for spammers going on here ?

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:05 am

RyanVM wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:09 pm
My phpbb3-fu is weak. I'm not seeing that option in the ACP anywhere :(
Ryan, did you try user_hidden's suggestions:
user_hidden wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:31 pm
@RyanVM

settings should be in this tree?

admin panel
permissions
groups forum permissions
registered users
the forum you want
advanced permissions
misc tab
Can post without approval

This can also stem from
ACP -> General -> Post settings
Didn't that work? If not, then you might have to go back to "requiring admin activation of all new accounts".

This board has always been one of the most reliable ones and free from spam. That's why it's been used for notification when some of the other boards, such as MSFN, are down. It's a shame that spam has become such an annoyance here.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by RyanVM » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:51 pm

OK, I think I now have it set that newly registered users will need their first 3 posts approved by a moderator. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:35 am

Many Thanks, Ryan. Here's hoping it works.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:19 am

Thanks Admin !!

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:14 pm

bphlpt wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:35 am
Many Thanks, Ryan. Here's hoping it works.

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Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:51 pm
OK, I think I now have it set that newly registered users will need their first 3 posts approved by a moderator. Fingers crossed.
bad luck another one https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php? ... 02#p143302
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:09 am

I just flagged another couple. :( Looks like you need to try again, Ryan. Or perhaps give user_hidden access to the ACP so he can try, or at least contact him directly so you two can share notes?

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Dibya » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:12 am

Yep Spamming SAGA Continues but needs a end for sure !!
ryan can you enable cool black skin while logged in I am bored with PHB official Skin .Black theme exists until you log in .

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:59 am

@Dibya -
Hmmmm The skin stays the same for me whether I'm logged in or not. [ Lucid Lime, I think? (See very last line on the page) ] In fact, I can't find a way to change the skin. But I might have missed it, since I could swear I used to be able to do so.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by mooms » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:00 pm

bphlpt wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:59 am
@Dibya -
Hmmmm The skin stays the same for me whether I'm logged in or not. [ Lucid Lime, I think? (See very last line on the page) ]
The same here.
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by RyanVM » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:42 pm

hrm, the change appears to have done something as we've definitely seen *some* new posts waiting on moderator approval since that change went into effect.
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:58 pm

I would say that means that they had joined before you made the change and then waited until now to post, but if I remember correctly their "Joined" date was always the same day they posted, so that's not it. Very strange.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:03 am

Just flagged 3 more.
RyanVM wrote:
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:42 pm
hrm, the change appears to have done something as we've definitely seen *some* new posts waiting on moderator approval since that change went into effect.
Maybe so, but the rate that spam posts are showing up on the board doesn't seem to have noticeably decreased.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:55 am

Another one.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:38 am

Another one.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by Atari800xl » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:37 am

How ironic, your posts (and now, mine) are also "another one".

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Post by bphlpt » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:40 pm

Three more.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:19 am

Two more.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:25 am

With MSFN closing on 2017-08-12, WinCert having been sold twice lately, Kel having shut down his site on 2017-08-01, and however many other tech boards shutting down, there is a chance that RyanVM could attract more traffic. If that's what we want to happen, then this SPAM situation has got to be dealt with now. Otherwise, it is sure to get worse.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by 5eraph » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:18 pm

Well, the "approve/disapprove" thing works sometimes. I'm thinking it's only active for new members that have singed up since the feature was activated.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:10 pm

That's what I thought, too, but - maybe not?

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:30 am

Two more.

I checked and it seems that they made their posts about 15 minutes after their "joined" date, so I don't know what is happening.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:06 am

Another one, this time 30 minutes after "joined" date.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:19 am

One yesterday and two, so far, today.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by bphlpt » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:34 am

And two more, and two others have been reported by others.

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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by mooms » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:55 am

I've banned one and moved his topic in the trash bin just now :)
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Re: Ridiculous Amount of SPAM Lately

Post by user_hidden » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:47 pm

i've been banning & deleting everyday

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