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Re: Do not comment on spam posts please!

Post by ranski » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:48 pm

Dav the wheel nut wrote:
ranski wrote:empty profile - dodgy looking email account...?
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Post by cj10jeeper » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:55 pm

Just so you're aware guys I did try to delete all these posts and ban them all this morning but didn't work. Short or time to sort it out.
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Post by Liam-O » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:04 pm

Ranski I think you missed the pun. How WOOD you know. A play on SPAM-DO-NOT-CLICK---PLEASE-CLICK-REPORT-POST BUTTON
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Post by sp3ctre » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:37 am

I have had a look at the suggested mod but it is incredibly invasive to the core files so for now I have decided to not use it. The software we use is great for the large part but it has the worst plugin system I have ever seen (pretty much none existent) in forum software. The new version is hopefully around the corner and has a much more advanced system of hooks for plugins to use. This will hopefully mean we can upgrade and take some plugins that will improve the site and help prevent spammers.

The problem with taking complex plugins (as I have experienced in the past) is they alter lots of core files and when a security release comes out you have to either manually reverse all the changes first or risk the forum breaking. This is not so bad for small "tweaks" but for something complicated it could take hours to pick through the errors.

Hopefully this explains our current situation. In the mean time please keep on reporting the spam posts, it helps us a lot and makes them much easier to delete the posts and ban the users.
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Post by TrickyDicky » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:34 am

I had the same problems when I ran a forum based on Simplemachines. All was fine until you strayed away from any default settings (colour schemes etc) then as you say some mods were a nightmare. I installed a second copy of the software in /testforum with a prefix test_ in front of the MySQL tables, so I could test stuff before rolling it into 'prod'.
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Post by sp3ctre » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:42 am

TrickyDicky wrote:I had the same problems when I ran a forum based on Simplemachines. All was fine until you strayed away from any default settings (colour schemes etc) then as you say some mods were a nightmare. I installed a second copy of the software in /testforum with a prefix test_ in front of the MySQL tables, so I could test stuff before rolling it into 'prod'.
Absolutely, although I find SMF and MyBB easier to manage as they have a proper mature plugin system, so you can easily disable the plugins, run the upgrade and then re-enable the plugins. Comparatively phpBB is a bit of a nightmare.
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Post by Liam-O » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:20 pm

In not sure where this spam originates from, but could you look at banning IP ranges?

I think a word filter on the SPAM-DO-NOT-CLICK---PLEASE-CLICK-REPORT-POST BUTTON URL, whilst not stopping the spam, would render it pointless?
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Post by sp3ctre » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:48 am

Liam-O wrote:In not sure where this spam originates from, but could you look at banning IP ranges?

I think a word filter on the SPAM-DO-NOT-CLICK---PLEASE-CLICK-REPORT-POST BUTTON URL, whilst not stopping the spam, would render it pointless?
Good idea Liam, I will implement that on top of several other preventative measures I have taken over the past 24h to kill this off.
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Post by markeg » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:59 am

sp3ctre wrote:
Liam-O wrote:In not sure where this spam originates from, but could you look at banning IP ranges?

I think a word filter on the SPAM-DO-NOT-CLICK---PLEASE-CLICK-REPORT-POST BUTTON URL, whilst not stopping the spam, would render it pointless?
Good idea Liam, I will implement that on top of several other preventative measures I have taken over the past 24h to kill this off.
Does that mean "kitchen" is now on the naughty words list ? ;)


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Post by sars » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:45 am

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Post by sp3ctre » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:08 pm

Hi guys,

Just wanted to say thanks for doing a great job with this. The spam we have been getting recently has been swiftly reported and has been easy to remove. It makes a hell of a difference for us so just wanted to say thanks for reporting them!

As a quick reminder, the report post button is on the right, it's a small red exclamation mark in a triangle :)

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Post by the cueball » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:45 pm

Not really helping me get a new kitchen though!!! :rofl: :p

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Post by Stuart Truman » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:58 pm

You should move the best into a section only members can access. Then we can all giggle and comment like the kids we are :)
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Post by Bing » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:38 pm

Stuart Truman wrote:You should move the best into a section only members can access. Then we can all giggle and comment like the kids we are :)
I like this idea :lol:
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Post by Derby Z4 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:11 am

Bing wrote:
Stuart Truman wrote:You should move the best into a section only members can access. Then we can all giggle and comment like the kids we are :)
I like this idea :lol:
Bing,Don't you mean IKEA ? :lol:

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