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Author Topic: Watch out before deleting bot accounts! (risks of false positives)  (Read 1249 times)

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Offline xlibman

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The other day, Netham45 signed up but his account landed on the spam account page, with a yellow icon because it could not be checked. Also, sometimes, accounts will have a blacklisted IP, but their email won't be. In some cases, the last time a blacklisted IP matched a spam account will date back several months ago, which implies that it is not 100% guaranteed to be a spam IP anymore (especially with rotating IPs).

This is why before deleting accounts you should make sure that it's not a false positive. To check this, click the red icon next to the nickname in the approval page. For example, this account: http://codewalr.us/index.php?action=profile;u=156 http://www.stopforumspam.com/search?q=204.44.92.60 only matches 1 from July 2014. I am thinking that we should approve such accounts anyway in case it was a legit user, and if the user spams, then at least it will just be 1 account spamming rather than losing a potential good user.

Also, if the icon is yellow it means the Spam db was down when the person registered.


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Offline Juju

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Oh that could explain whyNetham was yellow.
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Couldn't you made him turn blue? D:
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Oh damn, that might have been me who rejected him <_<
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Nah because his account is intact. SFS just spazzed out while he was singing up.
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Btw what should we do about actual spam accounts? Should we delete them like I did on Omni back then? Right now I didn't do it with the three first bots because it's not part of my job, but the 4th bot was deleted. I think that deleting the accounts and letting IP bans expire after half a year would remove much clutter. But we should probably not delete any real user account unless it's a duplicate.
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