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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:17 am 
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Markus has changed the registration to a mode where one of the admins has to accept it before the user can post.
I don't know why, but I do have moderator rights (which I didn't know), so I have done some cleaning. Jim has done some cleaning as well. Still, there are dozens of spam members in the users list... we'll have to take care about that later on.

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:26 am 
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Update... I have now also deleted all users who joined after 2013-11-23. I read through the nicknames and it seems all of them were just spam users... around 250 members!


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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:42 am 
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Thanks Constantin, Jim and Markus for wiping the site clean and putting in the new preventive measures. It's greatly appreciated!

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:28 am 
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Yes thanks to all concerned.

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:25 pm 
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Well done, all involved!

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:54 am 
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Their back :( but thankfully a lot less. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:01 am 
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It's still amazing to see how many new members would like to (obviously automatically) sign up on the forum... my inbox is always full with automatically created messages from the forum, saying that a new member needs a authentification.... phew!


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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:29 am 
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I can imagine but I guess after a few rejects they will get the message. Great work in sorting it.

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:29 pm 
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Umm... it seems that somebody has again changed the settings for the registration, that's why new members could sign up again and spam the forum. Very strange, but I have changed it to admin authentification again.

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C.


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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:14 pm 
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That would suggest the hosting server has some sort of Malware on it giving others Admin rights. Keep a close eye on those settings and if they change again, then get the hosting site to clean up their server!

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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:21 pm 
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I have just changed these and we now require approval to be given before each new user is allowed to post.

Regards,
Markus



cascade.king wrote:
Unfortunately, removing the accounts isn't enough in this case, as spam-bots have archived the answer to the interrogation question.
Markus is going to have to change that question, to stop all the new accounts from being created.


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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:29 pm 
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hmmm that was me.... woops.

I setup google's recaptcha service to challenge new users and thought it would work thats why i disabled the admin authentication.

thanks for enabling it again.

Markus




pathfinder700ap wrote:
Umm... it seems that somebody has again changed the settings for the registration, that's why new members could sign up again and spam the forum. Very strange, but I have changed it to admin authentification again.

Kind regards,
C.


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 Post subject: Re: Spam Prevention
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:17 pm 
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I know manual authorisation of new members is a chore, but luckily enough the forum is still small in terms of numbers so other than the spam bots, there shouldn't be a lot of work for those given the task. As there have been lots of offers of help, maybe if some one finds they can no longer give enough time to the task then there will be some one else who could take it on for a while.

Well done to those involved in clearing our "little problem" up!

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