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#1 Mon 14 Jan 13 10:58am

Merlin

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Occupation Editorial assistant/general online chap
From London
Member since Wed 24 Oct 12

Dealing with spam

Right, good morning all - happy Monday! It's been snowing in London, just to let you know; freezing cold hands and grumpy faces.

I was slightly dreading checking in this morning as I knew the spam situation was likely to have gotten very serious, and lo, I wasn't mistaken. Unfortunately it's just not possible for me to moderate over the weekend, although I see a lot of you have done sterling work keeping on top of it.

Unfortunately, to combat spam, we will have to start approving new users before they can post. We aim to do this as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your patience.

Mx

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#2 Mon 14 Jan 13 11:04am

wine~o

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Re: Dealing with spam

That's a bit drastic...

I know of *Another* forum that was being besieged by spam bots, as part of the signing up process, they got rid of the "captcha" spam block thing, which obviously doesn't work, and replaced it with a drag and drop box exercise based on 3 things you need to make a cup of tea...

Result no more spam-bots, only Human spammers, which are  easier to deal with.

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#3 Mon 14 Jan 13 11:39am

wine~o

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#4 Tue 15 Jan 13 12:20am

MsPablo

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Member since Fri 28 Mar 08

Re: Dealing with spam

Thank you Merlin if you are the reason the spam has abated!

I think about sites with small or almost no budget and realize they must have to put controls on that make their sites a lot less open than this one.

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#5 Tue 15 Jan 13 10:29am

Merlin

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Re: Dealing with spam

Glad to hear things are improving, MrsPablo! It's not all perfect yet but we're still on it.

Thank you for bearing with us.

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#6 Tue 15 Jan 13 11:27am

Ashen

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Member since Sat 07 Jan 06

Re: Dealing with spam

wow.. that was quick I  went to report a spammer and before I could hit the submit , it was gone. lol  thumbsup


Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook.  { cowboy saying}
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#7 Tue 15 Jan 13 12:49pm

Merlin

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Member since Wed 24 Oct 12

Re: Dealing with spam

Hello again everyone. Keeping well, I hope?

Eric and I are implementing a couple of super-secret spam-preventing ideas this afternoon - both of which should hopefully be quite effective.

Keep flagging 'em, we're almost there.

Thanks for your patience smile

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#8 Tue 15 Jan 13 1:00pm

wine~o

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#9 Tue 15 Jan 13 1:01pm

mummza

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Re: Dealing with spam

Thanks Merlin and Eric thumbsup

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#10 Tue 15 Jan 13 8:45pm

wine~o

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