Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Dealing with spammers Viewing 19 posts - 1 through 19 (of 19 total) Author Posts March 12, 2012 at 4:25 am #576585 powslash 382 Posts Mods, please remove this thread. There needs to be some action taken to show that this kind of crap really has no place on this board IMO April 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm #653320 bcrider 4149 Posts (spammer and posts have been deleted) Just a quick note to let folks know how we can deal with spammers. A spammer is someone or something (computer program i.e. “bot”) that register on forums like ours to solicit various things i.e. pills, cell phones, barbie dolls, etc. Each new person that registers on the forum is manually activated by me. When doing so, there’s very little information I have other than their username and email address to determine if they are an actual person looking to participate in the forum or a spammer. Often usernames are somewhat cryptic so it doesn’t make it any easier. For example powpowrider is obviously a splitter but is mt101 a splitter or a spammer? Just like activating a new acct is manually done by me so is deleting spammers. There was a time when I could read every single thread in every single forum on the board but with the growth we’ve seen over the years it’s near impossible for me. So how can we all help? If you see a thread posted by a spammer, just send me a quick PM with a link to the thread and I’ll take care of it. Right now that’s going to be the easiest solution. Over the summer I hope to upgrade the phpbb forum software or move to an entirely different forum software such as vBulletin as well. Folks have offered to help with moderation (activating and deleting accts) but at this time sending me a PM is my preferred option. Thanks for your help and for making splitboard.com the best splitboard/bc snowboarding resource on the web! :thatrocks: April 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #653319 philip.ak 679 Posts Somewhat o/t… Are we gonna get to test drive the new software or are we just gonna wake up one morning to something radically different? Maybe this software is lacking from an admin perspective, but it works pretty well for users IMO. April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #653321 bcrider 4149 Posts @philip.ak wrote: Are we gonna get to test drive the new software or are we just gonna wake up one morning to something radically different? If we move to a whole new platform I’ll definitely give folks a heads up and what to expect. As for a test drive, you can poke around TGR as they use vBulletin for their forum. Ironically there’s a recent thread about spammers on their forum too so changing the platform doesn’t mean we’ll never see a spammer post again. http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/3-Ski-Snowboard @philip.ak wrote: Maybe this software is lacking from an admin perspective, but it works pretty well for users IMO. I agree which is why we’ve kept using it for so long (and it’s free where vBulletin is not). phpbb works well and is simple but a more robust platform could also be nice. My main priority if we move to vB is to ensure it’s a smooth conversion/transition and we don’t lose any threads. In theory it should be but it always makes me a little nervous taking on such a project (even with a back-up). ps. cool new avatar you got there! April 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm #653322 Rico in AZ 559 Posts Yeah, nuke the spammers! The Barbie doll thread never got as funny as it should have! 😉 Bcrider, if I may ask, and considering I am a total jong when it comes to administering message boards, what do spammers hope/stand to gain when they don’t include a link to a website. I’ve never understood why they would make the effort to sign up, wait for activation, log on, type up a post of blathering irrelevant garbage, without inculding a link to some website presumably to infect our computers or sell us some useless shit. [/end rant] Or is it more sinister than that? (I suspect so.) And I’ve been wondering why, here on SB.com, we don’t have something like “Captcha”. Isn’t that supposed to keep the bots and spammers out? Or won’t PhPbb support that? There. I’ve tipped my hand. I am a total computer jong. April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm #653323 802smuggler 369 Posts Barbie dolls….we really did let that slip away. Computer Jong here too. Tgr confuses me and I think this is pretty easy to use. Is spam that bad here? I agree if we all helped to keep it cleaned up it would be that less of a problem. May 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm #653324 Killclimbz 1165 Posts http://www.stopforumspam.com/ If you are manually activating accounts, that site will nail about 90% of the forum spammers. Before we got a little more automated, I would check the IP and email against that site. Sometimes the username if I was very suspicious and the other checks didn’t hit. Overall, you would see a big reduction in the spammers hitting this forum if you used it. I’ll try to remember to ask what the plug in is that we used to better automate this. I think it was from stop forum spam. Now a days, I just need to manually activate everyone, which I do just once a day. Sure a spammer or two get through here and there, but it’s not on a regular basis, that is for sure. May 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm #653325 bcrider 4149 Posts Rico, Not sure what they look to gain when they dont have a link. Fame maybe? 🙂 When you go through the registration process there is a Captcha step, as well as an additional mod I added a few years back that asks a “yes or no” question. Spammers really aren’t that big of a problem here…I just wanted folks to know the process I go through so they have a little more patience and so they know how they can help me get rid of them. In addition (or in place of) sending me a PM when you see one, feel free to post a link to a spammer thread directly in this thread too. Thanks all! May 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm #653326 FaDe 83 Posts SPAM threads: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13508 viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13509 viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13510 viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13511 :nononno: September 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm #653327 DrownedRat 119 Posts new spam threads viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13904 viewtopic.php?f=6&t=13903 viewtopic.php?f=41&t=13902 viewtopic.php?f=55&t=13901 viewtopic.php?f=10&t=13900 viewtopic.php?f=24&t=13899 viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13898 viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13897 viewtopic.php?f=53&t=13896 viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13895 2017 Baker Splitfest, March 17th to 19th! September 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm #653331 summersgone 820 Posts BC, you should delete Knudson75. Growing spam every day. http://splitboard.com/talk/search.php?keywords=&terms=all&author=Knudson75&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search September 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm #653332 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts Does anyone know where I can score an athletic jersey? I have been scouring the interwebz. September 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm #653330 bcrider 4149 Posts I think I got em all Thanks boyz :thatrocks: September 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm #653329 HansGLudwig 601 Posts @hikeforturns wrote: Does anyone know where I can score an athletic jersey? 😆 Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ September 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm #653328 wasatchfreeride84093 200 Posts oh, spammers…. I feel really stupid now…. December 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #653333 summersgone 820 Posts BC, here you go, new one: http://splitboard.com/talk/search.php?keywords=&terms=all&author=junge20&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search January 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm #653334 chimp 64 Posts Chijiaba is a spam bot, or he’s just crazy about the Bengals March 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm #653335 DrownedRat 119 Posts chijiaba is at it again Spam threads viewtopic.php?f=53&t=15254 viewtopic.php?f=9&t=15252 viewtopic.php?f=24&t=15251 viewtopic.php?f=12&t=15250 viewtopic.php?f=46&t=15249 viewtopic.php?f=72&t=15248 viewtopic.php?f=45&t=15247 viewtopic.php?f=55&t=15246 viewtopic.php?f=41&t=15245 2017 Baker Splitfest, March 17th to 19th! January 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm #653336 HansGLudwig 601 Posts I really need some Michael Kors shit. *Edited PM sent* Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ Viewing 19 posts - 1 through 19 (of 19 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.