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  1. PBSNellie

    PBSNellie Well-Known Member

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    Why is this site so susceptible to spam lately? There's some right now (1/8/19-Arabic writing). It seems that the site is getting a lot more spam recently than it used to. Just curious. Thx.
     
  2. David1953

    David1953 Well-Known Member

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    I noticed it as well, and there are pages and pages of it every single day, especially earlier in the morning. Today, though, it's still there even in the afternoon. I was thinking of posting about it to complain, but you beat me to it.

    On the old site, they used to have people called the "spam police", who kept an eye on things and deleted spam almost as soon as it showed up.
     
  3. squarezero

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    We still have a spam police. The real issue has been the volume: it’s not unusual to get over a thousand spam threads in the span of half and hour, and that’s not even counting all the messages that automatically go into moderation. Even with the better moderation tools on the new website (and trust me, they’re a lot better) it can be hard to keep up, especially during the holidays when not everyone is available.

    Now that the holidays are over, I expect that things will ease up a bit.
     
  4. Nullzone

    Nullzone 👮 Spam Police 🚓

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    Like squarezero says, the problem is the volume.
    I still think there's an open exploit somewhere on the site: some spammers manage to drop 100+ post in the span of 15-30 minutes. Which is not possible for a "normal" user, due to an imposed timelimit between posts. And we definitely didn't have that issue with the old site version.

    By now, it's gotten so annoying, that a blanket blacklist - or even a whitelist approach for allowed email providers - looks like a good idea.
    Oh, and of course blacklist content filters, please? It's in Chinese or Hindi? Out you go right away...
     
  5. PBSNellie

    PBSNellie Well-Known Member

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    There seems to be a lot of Arabic, as well.
     
  6. saansilt

    saansilt 👮 Spam Police 🚓

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    Sorry folks, just came back. I'll resume my daily watch.
     
  7. David1953

    David1953 Well-Known Member

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    I think that Nullzone has some really good points, to block all posts that are Hindu, Chinese, and Arabic as well, as the OP pointed out. Surely the option to use at least some kind of filter to cut down on the work for the spam police would be an excellent idea.

    There are eight full pages of spam on one of the threads this morning, and the situation seems to be getting worse.
     

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