Can we get a mandatory moderation of all first posts of new accounts so we won't get slammed with spammers again? One of you mods just got about 40 spam post reports from me.
So much for Captcha
Yeah, same here. In the beginning, I started using macros to attempt to report them all quickly but, it just became ridiculous by the time I got to around 40 or 50 myself. So then I just sent the powers that be a message, with all the profiles who were leading the spam frenzy. Yet, obviously in the sites current state, even if they were removed, it wouldn't do much. There really needs to be something in place, even if it's to extend few of us who frequent the forums daily, the ability to extend a "temporary posting ban" to a user until an administrator logs in to view the multiple infractions and reports that the community provides as evidence. Although that may not necessarily be the most suitable or popular course of action to this, whatever the solution, there needs to be one because, it's impossible for us to assist the community users looking for a solution, if we can't receive their tickets.
Especially considering many of these users who need our assistance, only have the opportunity to game on the weekends. They're already frustrated before they get here with their technical issues and then upon their arrival they're welcomed by a wall of advertisement spam and silence in regards to their query because of it.
All of the ones I reported were from different accounts though.
We had the same problem on the old forum...and that forum didn't even have Captcha. I assume this forum does? Poor Ray was the only moderator who was there 100% of the time, and I know I wore him out with spammer reports and requesting him to move a post into the correct forum category . I guess I am dumb, because I can't understand the logic behind a spammer. A troll, yes. It wouldn't continue if there was no money to be made. Throw enough spam on the wall, and some dufus will click the link.
This is beyond a joke.Just reported 4 new ones.
WHERE ARE THE MODERATORS.jtrudeau
It's Saturday nite and the spammers will play. I think they know that the moderator(s) have a life and want to spend the weekend with their family...speaking of which:
At least reporting a thread as spam removes it until it is reviewed by a moderator.
Yea buddy!! Works like a charm.....
Back to game Wolf.TOB.
Agreed, coupling the the terms spam and logic seems redundant. Sadly, in this age, there are people who have led themselves to believe there's some sort skills involved, for the purpose of serving their ego's. Groups of mislead attention seekers, who "compete" against each other to see who can inconvenience the most people, for no reason other than spite in reality. From web spammers to DDOS attacks, they're all nothing more a digital sociopathic out lash, with no personal gain aside from others misery.
Phishing on the other hand like you said, although an immoral and despicable act of a one trick degenerate preying on unknowing victims and quite successfully more times that not, in the least has a rhyme and reason for their tactics. So, although no better than the former whatsoever, at least it can be avoided by using common "web" sense, simply by knowing and following the basic principles of the internet. Don't click on a link without scanning it, when received from an unknown or simply don't lick on it at all and your golden. It doesn't get much easier than that, yet like you said. They're successful because people just have to push that button, marked "don't push this button" even though everything they've ever learned before has told them otherwise. Try, try and you succeed because, power in numbers provides them a dweeb.
In all the threads I reported today they were full of ideographs, Webdings, and non clickable web addresses. One good thing about the old forum was that since it was so antiquated the HTML formatting most spambots use didn't translate into a clickable link either. But there's a lot of people out there who lack the common sense God gave a goat, which is how very old half arsed scams like "I work for (your electric/water/credit card/etc) company. We have detected a possible fraud on your account. Please provide us with the credit card number for verification" still work.
I think AMD should have a contest each month on who reports the most spam. It keeps the forum clean, doesn't cost any money, no employee benefits or profit sharing, and the Grand Prize each month of a R9 390X is a direct tax write off Simple
I just checked, and yes, a captcha is required as part of initial registration.
Willy Wong is quite persistent....haha
Willie Wong is back I just shot down 6 of his scuds
Yes he is.
Okay, I just dealt with all of them.
Thats a good suggestion and I'll raise it with Jive when I get into work tomorrow.
I don't think this is a normal spammer. This is a serious situation. He spams hundreds of times, driving the legit post out of view. I would call it an attack.ray_mblack_zionamdmattsavagebeastzerojtrudeau@
kingfish wrote: I don't think this is a normal spammer. This is a serious situation. He spams hundreds of times, driving the legit post out of view. I would call it an attack.ray_mblack_zionamdmattlordhelmetjtrudeau@
I don't think this is a normal spammer. This is a serious situation. He spams hundreds of times, driving the legit post out of view. I would call it an attack.ray_mblack_zionamdmattlordhelmetjtrudeau@
Agree,web search of "b_____5" produced thousands of references over many addresses.
Found this ,if it is of any use to Mods.
This is a big, serious problem. The site is being attacked.
Looks like this is not a choice to me. If the first new posts (more than one or two) aren't moderated then what the site is experiencing right now will happen again. Willy Wong is not the only scat out there.
Here, have a laugh
Okay, just cleaned out the second batch.
First thing tomorrow is to enable moderation, specially of new users.
Okay, I've turned on moderation required for all users with < 100 points. That should buy us some breathing room till we figure out a long term solution.
Oddly enough, the older forums had almost no controls and yet never were attacked like this.
I suspect it was Fuzetalk's software being so antiquated and lacking support of "modern" features that kept the automated bots from registering and posting.
He is back already
I was off this weekend and Monday. Just following up. Ray dealt with it (THANK YOU) and we're going to come up with a reasonable barrier that should stop spam but allow people to post relatively freely. I have a neat little system set up for DevGurus, but I'm talking about a handful of new people every week, so manually reviewing and whitelisting is a reasonable thing to do. That's not possible in the larger community.
Appreciate your patience! Our goal is... free access. So let's see what we can come up with to keep that mostly achievable while protecting you all from garbage.
Tell me about it lol glad they are fixing it.
I can state that most CAPTCHA security methods have long been compromised. MIscreants have worked tirelessly to be able to post spam on forums galore in some misguided fashion. 99.99999% of them are doing nothing but selling counterfeit goods which seems to be a growing problem.
Counterfeiting seems to be a growing problem driven largely by greed by patent holders who do not believe in fair and reasonable terms.
USB is pervasive because its licensing is low cost. Its even free for lower volume small market products. It only costs $5,000 for a device ID vendor code and $3,500 for the Logo license.
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