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Massive spam account purge

Started by DJ Omnimaga, February 16, 2016, 10:36:09 am

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DJ Omnimaga

CAPTCHA is useless. Every single bot software is programmed to circumvent them. Recaptcha could work, but even then I bet that bots can get past it.

We just use Stop Forum Spam database, which runs a scan when a member signs up on CW.

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Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 16, 2016, 08:10:41 pm
CAPTCHA is useless. Every single bot software is programmed to circumvent them. Recaptcha could work, but even then I bet that bots can get past it.

We just use Stop Forum Spam database, which runs a scan when a member signs up on CW.

I heard that reCAPCHA gets updated every 2 weeks  ;)

DJ Omnimaga

My main concern about Recaptcha though is when their server is down. On Omni we once used Recaptcha and had to get rid of it because everytime their server was down, nobody could register on the forums.

utz

Make the answer to the verification thingy a word, eg. question would be "what's the coolest animal?" On 1bitforum, not a single bot has gotten through since we have that procedure in place, only some human spammers.

DJ Omnimaga

We try to keep our questions as simple as possible, though, so we had an hard time figuring out a good easy question that can't be misspelled easily.

Streetwalrus

Recaptcha is owned and hosted by google now, there shouldn't be any concern of it going down. :P

DJ Omnimaga

What if the NSA shuts down Google and Apple for refusing to decrypt their user info? :P

Jkolade936

Then we'll all beg the world's richest man for mercy. :P
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DJ Omnimaga

And what if himself or Microsoft/Linux distros suffers the same fate? :P

Jkolade936

Then we'll all go back to the stone age, where all our phones had more buttons than your Xbox controller. :P
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DJ Omnimaga

Street gave me permission to do another spambot purge. We went from 603 users to 471 in the process. 4 accounts among those 471 were approved, but require email activation, since they looked spammy, but had the same username as their email (which is sometimes an hint that it's legit). If they don't activate their account within next week or so then Street, aeTIos and Juju can probably delete them.

alexgt

Awesome! Purge out all the Jedi Spammers

DJ Omnimaga

Why purging the Jedi's? D:

Also we blocked over 15K spammers so far (about 1400 slipped by and were flagged as spam or were detected later)

Jkolade936

Quote from: alexgt on May 19, 2016, 01:36:03 pm
Awesome! Purge out all the Jedi Spammers


Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on May 19, 2016, 01:37:28 pm
Why purging the Jedi's? D:

Because the force makes Iron Walrii look bad. :P
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DJ Omnimaga

But Jedis aren't all that bad XD


Also when I deleted accounts I noticed that @Streetwalrus forgot to remove one bot account that actually advertised on the forums last year, then the same bot logged in again months later to spam again, and was never banned. That's the most lax intervention I have ever seen on a forum against a spambot O.O

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