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More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7622] Fri, 15 March 2013 10:47 Go to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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I just wiped a few dozen accounts that looked bogus. This takes me two clicks, too many seconds to wait for pages to reload - like, maybe 4 - and is apparently unrecoverable.

IF YOU ARE A NEW USER:
I suggest you put a plausible sounding 'real name' down, or at least something intelligible.

If you post something that really resembles spam, I may just wipe your account out. I feel no need to take half-measures that require me to think, like a temporary ban that could be lifted later. G'bye! I could do a ban if I am uncertain... but that's unlikely.


Ellen
Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7699] Wed, 20 March 2013 01:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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I now have it set up to email me when someone signs up for an account. And like Ellen says, if your username looks bogus, POOF. Also, if your IP address is in China, Mongolia, the Ukraine, Belarus or Moldova, so sorry, too bad, but too many machines in those countries are zombies for the Legions of Spam.
Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7705] Thu, 21 March 2013 20:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Hey, Erin, you're not "validating" accounts that way, are you? Or is it just a notification email?


Ellen
Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7718] Fri, 22 March 2013 12:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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It sends me an email that someone is trying to register, I look at the registration and if it looks bogus, I delete it. Bogosity is usually pretty evident, like an IP address somewhere in Manchuria or a username that starts buy-something.
Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7724] Fri, 22 March 2013 13:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Erin Halfelven wrote on Fri, 22 March 2013 16:01

if it looks bogus, I delete it.

Delete or ban? I'm finding a lot of bogus-looking-name accounts that are banned. Is there an advantage to banning rather than deleting?
Erin Halfelven wrote on Fri, 22 March 2013 16:01

Bogosity is usually pretty evident, like an IP address somewhere in Manchuria or a username that starts buy-something.

Or, just the login name of the I-banged-on-the-keyboard variety.

Update: I just wiped every account added in the last week or so that had a bogus-looking username. I also whacked a few from 2007 that had a webpage of hotbiz.com, which is now in Cyrillic (which I don't read), because I sort of lost track of where I was.

Ellen

[Updated on: Fri, 22 March 2013 13:20]

Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7726] Fri, 22 March 2013 15:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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To get specific, I copy the IP address of any account I am planning to ban/delete and in a separate window add it to the blacklist of the site. Then I ban the account which blocks anyone from using that username or email address from creating another new account. Then I delete the account, too.

In the case of spam messages I find, I copy the address the message was loaded from and add it to the blacklist, then I ban the user account as above which gives me also the ip address the user account was created from, often different, so I blacklist that, too. I do a search for other messages by the same username or ip address and repeat the above. Then I delete the messages. Then I delete the account.

I've noticed that sometimes I forget to delete the account but if it and the ip addresses are banned, blocked and blacklisted, deletion is just icing on the nastycake.

I refer to this process as Frying the Spammer.

The one thing I don't have here which I have at BCTS is an easy way to report spammers to other blacklisting agencies.

Hugs to All but Death to Spammers,
Erin

[Updated on: Fri, 22 March 2013 15:41]

Re: More on spam - NOTE FOR NEW USERS [message #7736] Sun, 24 March 2013 08:44 Go to previous message
stanman  is currently offline stanman
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Thanks, Erin and Ellen for protecting this site.
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