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Spam Posts?

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Spam Posts?
I just had to reject between 10-20 spam topics on the Video Games board. The subjects said things like "I like this site!" and were full of URLs for drugs, online casinos, etc. These are bots and I've seen them completely take over boards before.

What do the other boards on the site look like as far as moderating goes? I think the only topics that got spammed were ones directly linked on the main page. In order to fight this, I highly suggest we either stop linking topics on the front page (it's cluttered enough as it is) or do away with guest posting. Getting rid of front page topics for now is probably the better alternative.
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Re: Spam Posts?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Jan 26, 2008 12:07 PM | YBS Fan ]

I only had 3 or 4 this morning, which was unusually high for a single night.

I had taken counter measures against spam-bots about a year ago (requiring the preview page) that have worked well up until now. I guess further steps are in order.

I've taken your suggestion to do away with linking to popular discussions on the top page for now. Since all of the forums are currently moderated, not a single one of those messages has gone through (which I would think would clue the spammers in that writing a bot for this site isn't going to work).

There are people who use the site who, for various reasons, don't accept browser cookies. That means that they can't login. I would rather not exclude such people. But if the bots continue, that may be the best alternative.
Re: Spam Posts?
[ Author: BigManZam | Posted: Jan 26, 2008 9:58 PM | CLM Fan ]

Yeah, I haven't received anything since then, which is a good sign. When those things come in, they'll come in like an infestation.
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