Topic: Spam bots in Shoutbox

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vegout
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created 2/10/2012 3:22:58 AM
Just adding some code over the next few days to fight these pesky varmits hopefully we can give them the flick.
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mjkj
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Posted 2/10/2012 6:50:36 AM

Thank you. They are getting annoying...

Since the forum log in seems to be a "global" log in for the whole site - why not use it for the shout box? and everybody that does not want to log in has to provide an email and must be approved once where the user-name / email relation will be safed and only is valid in that combination (I know that requires a manual review of each entry at least once)...

mjkj

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sir-talen
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Posted 2/11/2012 3:16:29 AM
I agree with Michael's suggestion.
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vegout
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Posted 2/11/2012 6:27:03 AM

Thank you. They are getting annoying...

Since the forum log in seems to be a "global" log in for the whole site - why not use it for the shout box? and everybody that does not want to log in has to provide an email and must be approved once where the user-name / email relation will be safed and only is valid in that combination (I know that requires a manual review of each entry at least once)...

mjkj

I would like to avoid having people login to the shoutbox as this is intended to be a place for people who would like to leave a comment without signing in or registering

I have added a small change to the shouldbox. This will hopefully make it a lot harder to add spam

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mjkj
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Posted 2/13/2012 6:22:32 AM

Well, I did not necessarily mean log in for those that do not want:

  • Those that do log in use their log in also for the shout box to be verified
  • Those that do not log in have to provide their nick and email
    • if that nick/email combination is used the first time they get screened and manually approved (by the admins)
    • the next time they use the same combination they are approved via that - if they were approved the first time
  • I know that is more work for you as admins but only allows visible posts for those who are approved
  • I do not know if that will work with the shout-box

I know some pages that use that means for comments (e.g. http://www.starwalkerblog.com/ )

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sir-talen
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Posted 8/22/2012 4:48:13 PM
We're getting spambots in the @#$%ing forum again...
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chaypeta
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Posted 8/22/2012 5:22:34 PM
We're getting spambots in the @#$%ing forum again...
Not to many as it is harder to register and run an automated script for the site as it is not  a standard forum and the source code is not readily avalable.
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mjkj
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Posted 8/27/2012 6:20:26 AM
We're getting spambots in the @#$%ing forum again...
Not too many as it is harder to register and run an automated script for the site as it is not  a standard forum and the source code is not readily avalable.

Nice, thank you for your effort Veg :)

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vegout
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Posted 4/6/2013 6:50:36 PM
Have removed   the current shotbox spammer. Looks like these where done manualy on the page so I will update the filter system over the next few days. whould rather not add a security device to posts as this does little to stop manual and often stops people using shoutboxes.
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vegout
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Posted 4/8/2013 7:03:06 AM

Still manualy deleting the spam.

It seems so pointless for them to spam such a small site, but I guess they must be pretty desperate.

I am working on a change that should pretty much kill this type of spam and make the shoutbox better at recognising none human generated posts.

I would put a CAPCHA in but these have proved pretty useless on the other sites I manage, I still get over 80 accounts created a day on the forum from span machines and that uses one