Spamming the forums

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by nerfherder, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. nerfherder

    nerfherder Active Member

    Heya. Looks like some new logins from India or thereabouts are hardcore spamming the forums, one by one. Are the moderators on the case? I realize it's late on the east coast...
     
  2. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I reported them last night but it was very late - maybe nobody has seen them yet.
     
  3. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I think DammitJanet & I got them all now. Let us know if there are more. Thanks for your help!
     
  4. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry about that. Those spammers were really busy but the mods had cleaned up most of it by the time I got here.

    A few of those spam topics made me smile. Who isn't looking for a Desired Love Specialist or some Blackmagic?
     
  5. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was kind of looking forward to using some of that online black magic on a few people I know ... :devilish:
     
  6. nerfherder

    nerfherder Active Member

    It rarely works on-line - you need to be "line-of-sight" to get that kind of thing to work. ;) And I think a phone bank in Mumbai or New Delhi is just too far away, kthxgbye. :)
     
  7. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Looks like I missed all the "fun" . I'm glad the other mods were on top of things!

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  8. nerfherder

    nerfherder Active Member

    Looks like it's started up again.
     
  9. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Administrator Staff Member

    Yep... guess we're going to have to tighten up new accounts permission to post.
     
  10. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    Those same type of spams have been very active lately in several forums I visit. Seem to be aimed more to Indian market, but they also spam international and other forums. Even one of our local forums (not in English, certainly out of the target audience) has had a problem with these during last week.
     
  11. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Don't new people have to be "approved" by admins before they are able to access the pages and post? Or do they just keep coming up with new names?
     
  12. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Administrator Staff Member

    It's all automated. New members can't post links and certain spammy words force their post into the mod queue so that the post that contains the word has to be approved by a mod before it displays on the public forum, but they can post right away.

    I guess blackmagic isn't on the spammy word list.
     
  13. nerfherder

    nerfherder Active Member

    Looking at the shoutbox, looks like they're at it again. Maybe time to lock down new members? Sucks, but I don't know what else to suggest. Track down their ISP and block that?
     
  14. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Right now the entire first page of the General forum is nothing but this stuff!
     
  15. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I put the spammer on ignore and at least I couldn't see all the postings.

    This happens on all forums. It's a pain. Poor mods. Seriously.
     
  16. cubsgirl

    cubsgirl Well-Known Member

    Yeah- they really spammed it this time - thankful to mods who got the forums back to normal!
     
  17. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I was trying to delete as fast as I could but darn...that guy was busy!
     
  18. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    Is this some kind of "automated" spammer? Yesterday I saw some exactly like these only on Facebook. They were tacked on as random comments on posts from various popular TV shows.
     
  19. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    I'm quite sure this one is a robot. Most are and these are very random spams, and the same spams have been around a lot lately.

    More targeted, human written spamming is little different. There is much less of it, target audience is correct (not many of us in this board are likely target audience for these spams) and it is done much, much subtler way.
     
  20. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    It probably was a bot but we do get our fair share of human spam here too. I have no idea why grown people have so little to do that they find it amusing to spam.
     
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