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Question about banned members
02-21-2017, 04:38 AM
Post: #1
Question about banned members
This is a question for admins. I was just wondering why there are so many banned members. Once in a while, I check the member list and the number of banned members and unactivated accounts is stunning.

Does this website get hit by a ton of bots?

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02-21-2017, 11:17 AM
Post: #2
RE: Question about banned members
Yes we seem to get hit in droves mainly from Russia/Ukraine/China . Sarku has spamware in place but
a lot seems to get through. You can see from the banned names there fairly easy to spot.

I run them through a Spam Reporting site to check out those that appear suspect & either ban or place
on moderation( in questionable cases). For those Spammers who make it to posting there knocked out
as soon as a member reports them or the Mods notice.

I'm not sure why we're such a magnet for Spam but it's not unusual to get 3-5 Spammers joining a day
usually in spurts within minutes of each other.

OD

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02-21-2017, 03:21 PM
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RE: Question about banned members
I ran a forum many years ago for a game the wife and I played, and it appears that Forums are a soft target for spam-bots as they are very easy to script the making and verifying of accounts. This also keeps OD from getting to bored. Watchmen02
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02-22-2017, 03:46 AM
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RE: Question about banned members
If it weren't for the mods, especially OD with his super time-zone powers, you guys would be seeing pornographic material ALL THE TIME.
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02-27-2017, 09:48 AM
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RE: Question about banned members
(02-21-2017 11:17 AM)Old Dwarf Wrote:  Yes we seem to get hit in droves mainly from Russia/Ukraine/China . Sarku has spamware in place but
a lot seems to get through. You can see from the banned names there fairly easy to spot.

I run them through a Spam Reporting site to check out those that appear suspect & either ban or place
on moderation( in questionable cases). For those Spammers who make it to posting there knocked out
as soon as a member reports them or the Mods notice.

I'm not sure why we're such a magnet for Spam but it's not unusual to get 3-5 Spammers joining a day
usually in spurts within minutes of each other.

OD
Well that sucks. Thanks for all your work defending the website!
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