spam bots

  • Seems the forum is starting to get hit by spam bots.

    Maybe add captcha or something when posting a new topicor reply?

  • Yea. I'm noticing them a lot more than usual. For some reason, I can't report them either <img src="smileys/smiley5.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • Or for signup. Definitely need that report button back. Are all the mods still mods btw?

    But yeah the construct classic discussion forum has been overrun by henlanlan's spam

  • Thanks guys, the forum software just released a major new version which allows post reporting, I'm looking at getting it installed ASAP.

    Mods should still be able to delete posts, atm I'm reading 90% of all posts and will delete them as they come.

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  • Or reintegrate the "foe" feature, it was the nonviolent way: ignoring spambots without killing them...

  • I can't delete posts yet, or do anything moderly. I've seen spam but had to leave it because of that.

  • Arima do you not have a 'Post options' button under each post?

  • I also just noticed that, unlike other forums, there is no colour differentiating a MOD from a normal user, i.e. Tom's avatar etc just looks the same scheme as everyone else. Seems a little wrong to me <img src="smileys/smiley5.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

    I like to see who the MODs are in a board <img src="smileys/smiley2.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • zenox, that is planned :) The forum software doesn't allow it but we will be moding it ourselves.

  • I've got post options, but all it lists is post reply and quote whomever.

  • Yeah, I can't ban-hammer any bots... I has no powers :/

    ~Sol

  • Powers will be coming with new version, am totally happy to mod the forum to include them if they are not extensive enough as well :)

    By the way, I really have seen myself a HUGE drop in spam, a total of 2 spammers I've banned so far, on the old site it was around 2-3 a day I was deleting some times.

    I see in the logs the bot scripts are still trying to attack the old URLs so it might just be a matter of time until they adjust, but generally, pretty good round here imo!

    I also have a few things I'll be installing on the registration/login pages to block a lot of them, got lots of tricks up my sleeve, but generally, I'm very pleased at the lack of spam.

  • I still think we should adopt one of the spam bots, and make it our mascot... give it a signature and an avatar and let it roam free. It could be our pet.

    We could even have conversations with it about WOW GOLD and ERECT PENISES if we get bored enough.

    ~Sol

  • I still think we should adopt one of the spam bots, and make it our mascot... give it a signature and an avatar and let it roam free. It could be our pet.

    We could even have conversations with it about WOW GOLD and ERECT PENISES if we get bored enough.

    ~Sol

    Actually thats not a bad idea when you consider that any other forum that uses gravatar, and the bot is signed up with would have its avatar.

    You could have a little phrase on the avy saying "I'm a spammer please ban me", or better yet "Make Games With Construct!". <img src="smileys/smiley17.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • It would be cool if it posted:

    "I'm different."

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