Meeru Island Resort Forum Index Register FAQ Memberlist Search

Meeru Island Resort Forum Index » "The Lounge" » New Anti-Spam Measures - 21st January 2007
Post new topic  Reply to topic View previous topic :: View next topic 
New Anti-Spam Measures - 21st January 2007 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:15 pm Reply with quote
Graham
Site Admin
Joined: 09 May 2004
Posts: 284
Location: Wrexham
Hello all,

** This is a duplicate of the post made in the Announcements forum **

Well, I've spent most of the day today installing some new anti-spam measures, in response to the increasing number of spam attacks. Most of these attacks have been spotted and removed swiftly, and thanks must go especially to Steve and Humble Jim (amongst others) for being right on the ball in notifying me of issues as they have arisen.

I've heavily modified the forum code today, and the following policy changes have been made:

1) Users can only post links in posts once they have made 10 posts in total. This is to stop automatic spam registrations that post links to dodgy websites in auto-posted messages. Hopefully this measure will stop the spammers whilst only causing a minor inconvenience to genuine new users.

2) Certain fields within user profiles have been removed from use. This is to stop spambot registrations that auto-populate the signup form with every field. From now on, spambots will be spotted and denied, as they will be attempting to submit registration information that has been disabled.

3) Location, Occupation, Interests and Signature fields within user profiles cannot now be completed during registration, but can be updated in user profiles as soon as accounts are activated.

4) The Website field within user profiles can now only be filled in after a user has made 10 posts. This is to stop spam registrations that use this field to promote dodgy porn/Viagra sites etc.

Behind the scenes, I will now get an instant email notification to alert me of anything dodgy happening from the list above.

As part of the mods, I have also deleted a couple of hundred inactive users that have built up since May 2004, just to keep things tidy. I've also updated the forum software to the latest version. This may have caused the forum to temporarily show some errors earlier today, and some users may have had to re-login as a result. Apologies if this affected you.

I don't expect that these changes will prevent every spam attack, but most should be stopped in their tracks. I've got a couple more tricks up my sleeve - the system is "set to stun" at the moment whilst I get to understand how effective it is.


Feel free to discuss any of these changes in this thread.


Cheers,

Graham Very Happy


Last edited by Graham on Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:02 pm; edited 1 time in total
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:35 pm Reply with quote
maggie
Joined: 28 Sep 2005
Posts: 4842
Location: northwest uk
Hi Graham

salut

just wanted to say a HUGE thankyou for all of your hard work and dedication in keeping this very well used forum as clean and lovely as you do

thanks a million

a very grateful

maggie Wink

_________________
[url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/]

[/url]

bear with me as I am blonde,and am awaiting next vacation
[/url]
View user's profile Send private message
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:36 pm Reply with quote
LucyW
Joined: 16 Apr 2006
Posts: 492
Location: Fareham, Hampshire
here here ! thumright
View user's profile Send private message
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:29 pm Reply with quote
Ashley
Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Posts: 704
Wondered why I couldn't log in!!!!! Thanks Graham for clearing the world of spam!!!!
Ashley.x

_________________


www.sibespace.co.uk - Siberian Husky central
View user's profile Send private message
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:16 pm Reply with quote
albawn
Joined: 17 Apr 2006
Posts: 475
Location: Fife, Scotland
Thanks Graham, this must have taken you ages.

We all appreciate your hard work.

Alison.

_________________
I want to be back in Meeru!!!!

View user's profile Send private message
 
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:55 pm Reply with quote
Pamela
Joined: 23 Dec 2006
Posts: 431
Location: Lancashire
Graham

You deserve a glass or 10 of champers .. as I re call your rather partial to that particular drink !!! Razz

Well done hun .. Thankyou

Pam x
View user's profile Send private message
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:15 pm Reply with quote
Graham
Site Admin
Joined: 09 May 2004
Posts: 284
Location: Wrexham
Thanks for the comments, all. And Pam, you obviously know me too well when it comes to champagne tongue

It all seems to be going well on the "death to spammers " front so far.

I've just deleted 6 users that opened accounts today, who between them attempted to make 22 spammy posts, each containing a link to a dodgy site. All the posts were rejected without my intervention, and the new admin tool I have installed for managing the user list means it took me about 3 seconds to zap their accounts.

So it's a big thumleft for now.


Cheers,

Graham
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
New anti spam measures 
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:58 pm Reply with quote
merlin
Joined: 01 Aug 2009
Posts: 25
Ahhh that explains why I was logged out and had to re-register. Thanks for clearing this up....
View user's profile Send private message
New Anti-Spam Measures - 21st January 2007 
  Meeru Island Resort Forum Index » "The Lounge"
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
All times are GMT  
Page 1 of 1  

  
  
 Post new topic  Reply to topic  


Powered by phpBB© 2001-2004 phpBB Group
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin