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Spam attack....

Discussion in 'Site/Forum Issues' started by Wallace, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Wallace

    Wallace Slightly Pickled

    We appear to be suffering from a flurry of spam messages today.....I have reported all I have found....
     
  2. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    The WiKi has had 90 bogus accounts created in the last 3 days ! ! !
     
  3. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    I've been reporting several in the last week or so, three this morning (presumably the same ones), and a couple of new registrations that had not left posts but had put web links in their profile pages.
     
  4. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Another one in HDR-FOX T2 forum under wegiel katowice seems to have an advert in Polish, that goes something like "The special offer of our company, we provide you with all types of coal"
     
  5. Wallace

    Wallace Slightly Pickled

    Are you sure that's not coke... ;) ?
     
  6. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Yes, it does seem a strange thing to sell on the internet, from a different country. Katowice turns out to be the Town in southern Poland that the 'wegiel' is comming from
     
  7. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    I think it might be time to approve new registrations before they are able to post.
     
  8. Michael

    Michael Founder

    Hey guys, sorry for the delay. I've changed the way registrations happen. Rather than a captcha image. It now asks you a random question. Lets see how this goes before we consider manual approvals.

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
  9. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Well, we've got another one so it doesn't look like that approach works!
     
  10. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    That went quickly - even though there are no staff on line at the moment?
     
  11. Scuttlebroom

    Scuttlebroom Member

    Still more, and now promoting viagra!
     
  12. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    May-be it's time to have a registation process that requires a password E-mailed back to an applicant, I would even go as far as insisting on a .uk E-Mail address
     
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  13. Wallace

    Wallace Slightly Pickled

    I agree. Its getting a bit silly.

    I keep getting emails to say new post in a thread I have subscribed to only to find it's spam.

    My other half says we could do with an extension, but I suspect she means on our house! Well, I'd like to think so :D
     
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  14. HarveyB

    HarveyB Active Member

    I think insisting on a .uk email id could be a problem. You would effectively bar all BT users (btinternet.com, btopenworld.com), aol users (aol.com) ...
     
  15. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Fair point, there would have to be a request procedure to allow users to be manually accepted if non .uk E-mail address were rejected for auto Emailing. The .uk only E-mail would probably not be needed anyway, I think the password would be enough.
     
  16. Wallace

    Wallace Slightly Pickled

    I don't use a .co.uk email for here. In fact, I don't have a .co.uk email address at all, and I have a few!
     
  17. Brian

    Brian Administrator Staff Member

    There have been a few spammers joining up recently with .co.uk email addresses, so even that can not be relied upon.
     
  18. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    O.H. dear, That's worrying, I guessed they would be outside the U.K. because of the Polish / French content. I guess if they can be traced to a U.K. ISP they could be reported a little easyer
     
  19. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Sorry, got to ask, what does "O.H." stand for please?
     
  20. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Well, I'll see if I can find something fitting for you, How about :-

    Obviously Hounded
    Overtly Hassled
    Overpowering Heckler
    Over the top Harassment
    :)
     
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