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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Increasing amounts of spammers on this site Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have noticed that the amount of spammers has increased dramatically over the past month. Many seem to be from the same organization, because though the content is different the format is similar among all of them. What new measures should we introduce in order to clamp down on this? It really is annoying to find a random thread among aviation related ones.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've noticed it too, but given the free/ open nature of this forum, we're not likely to add in a manual verification step before a new member is let on. All members need to have verifiable email addresses, which it seems like these spammers do. The best option right now is to drop a PM/ email to the mods asking for a thread to be deleted immediately - we are pretty prompt with that.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
we're not likely to add in a manual verification step before a new member is let on.


I think it is time for this step now.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
Nimish wrote:
we're not likely to add in a manual verification step before a new member is let on.


I think it is time for this step now.

Cheers
Shivendra


Couple of things! First of all it is too much work to manually activate each member in timely manner. Secondly and more importantly, we have no means to x-check/validate besides our gut sense and they all seem to have valid looking email addresses. Imagine if they're able to validate the email address, then there is little more we can do manually to filter them out.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
The best option right now is to drop a PM/ email to the mods asking for a thread to be deleted immediately - we are pretty prompt with that.


Would it be possible to restrict a "new user" from creating a new thread for 'n days' and in the meanwhile, the current members can monitor the replies being posted onto the current threads. Incase the need be, the reply can be flagged to the Mods upon notice.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GuyFromBOM wrote:
Nimish wrote:
The best option right now is to drop a PM/ email to the mods asking for a thread to be deleted immediately - we are pretty prompt with that.


Would it be possible to restrict a "new user" from creating a new thread for 'n days' and in the meanwhile, the current members can monitor the replies being posted onto the current threads. Incase the need be, the reply can be flagged to the Mods upon notice.


Good idea, but we are not set up for that. It seems for the moment the simplest thing to do is to bring it to our attention. The provider gives us option to block usernames, email address (whole or in part with wild card character) and even IP address. So, if you guys can just let us know we can take of the rest.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering who Target is.

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Joined: 26 Jun 2009
Total posts: 16777215
[100.00% of total / 26214.40 posts per day]


I don't recall any posts by the member target.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a bot.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
GuyFromBOM wrote:
Nimish wrote:
The best option right now is to drop a PM/ email to the mods asking for a thread to be deleted immediately - we are pretty prompt with that.


Would it be possible to restrict a "new user" from creating a new thread for 'n days' and in the meanwhile, the current members can monitor the replies being posted onto the current threads. Incase the need be, the reply can be flagged to the Mods upon notice.


Good idea, but we are not set up for that. It seems for the moment the simplest thing to do is to bring it to our attention. The provider gives us option to block usernames, email address (whole or in part with wild card character) and even IP address. So, if you guys can just let us know we can take of the rest.


God knows, Aseem, you have wielded that powerful weapon of shutting down an IP address (like mine) when I misbehave.

Like Austin Powers, you say "Oh Texdravid, BE-HAVE". Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For last two days,there are some wierd new members from abroad who are posting irrelevant topics on this aviation forum.

Even today there is a Russian user who has started a thread in aviation forum in his native language.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

folks! we are actively blocking IP addresses. Just a request to all members that it is very difficult for us to scan every post, so if you could post the username and the IP address of the spammer, it will help us filter those out.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iflytb20 wrote:
Just wondering who Target is.

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Joined: 26 Jun 2009
Total posts: 16777215
[100.00% of total / 26214.40 posts per day]


I don't recall any posts by the member target.



Target, i believe, is the aggregate of all member posts.



Just noticed this :

The memberlist shows a new "member":
abrarly
Ireland Republic
28 Mar 2011
with 16777214 posts !!!!!!!

Suggest mods look into this
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
iflytb20 wrote:
Just wondering who Target is.

Quote:
Joined: 26 Jun 2009
Total posts: 16777215
[100.00% of total / 26214.40 posts per day]


I don't recall any posts by the member target.



Target, i believe, is the aggregate of all member posts.



Just noticed this :

The memberlist shows a new "member":
abrarly
Ireland Republic
28 Mar 2011
with 16777214 posts !!!!!!!

Suggest mods look into this


I am a bit confused about the member's username??

Also now all new activation would be done by the moderation team, and before we do that the new members will have to introduce themselves.... just note the new section on the top of the forum for sign-in guidelines
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
..... so if you could post the username and the IP address of the spammer, it will help us filter those out.


Er...how can I find out the IP address of a poster???
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iflytb20 wrote:
Aseem wrote:
..... so if you could post the username and the IP address of the spammer, it will help us filter those out.


Er...how can I find out the IP address of a poster???


He meant we should, the mods have access to that data. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spiderguy252 wrote:
iflytb20 wrote:
Aseem wrote:
..... so if you could post the username and the IP address of the spammer, it will help us filter those out.


Er...how can I find out the IP address of a poster???


He meant we should, the mods have access to that data. Smile


There is a button right on the post besides "quote" that gives the IP address. Not sure if regular members can see it, but if you can just direct us to that spam post we will do the rest.

thnx
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
There is a button right on the post besides "quote" that gives the IP address. Not sure if regular members can see it, but if you can just direct us to that spam post we will do the rest.


No, that is visible only to mods and admins. Regular members cannot have any means to provide us the IP of individual posts and posters.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spiderguy252 wrote:
Aseem wrote:
There is a button right on the post besides "quote" that gives the IP address. Not sure if regular members can see it, but if you can just direct us to that spam post we will do the rest.


No, that is visible only to mods and admins. Regular members cannot have any means to provide us the IP of individual posts and posters.


So, if they can provide us with the username, we will hunt down for IP address.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They could just post a link to the spam thread/post here.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So apparently this Sarah girlie is so taken by me, she decided to send me a love note:

Hello
i am sarah udah,
i saw your profile to day at (airliners.net) and became in trested in you,i will also like to
know you more and i want you to send an email to my email address so
i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am my email address is (sarahudah@yahoo.com)
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
please contact me here
sarahudah@yahoo.com

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Message was sent using the mail interface on Airliners.net
by user sarah4u
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Anyone else get something like this? Or am I the only special one? Haha!
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jasepl wrote:
So apparently this Sarah girlie is so taken by me, she decided to send me a love note:

Hello
i am sarah udah,
i saw your profile to day at (airliners.net) and became in trested in you,i will also like to
know you more and i want you to send an email to my email address so
i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am my email address is (sarahudah@yahoo.com)
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
please contact me here
sarahudah@yahoo.com

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Message was sent using the mail interface on Airliners.net
by user sarah4u
http://www.airliners.net/



Anyone else get something like this? Or am I the only special one? Haha!


I maintain a special email id solely for pranks and I have sent her an email using that one. Let's see if she responds Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
I maintain a special email id solely for pranks and I have sent her an email using that one. Let's see if she responds Twisted Evil


Don't be hopeful. It's a bot. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



I know its been a while since i visited the forum but i did''nt know it was THAT long Shocked

PS: Look at last post in Civil Aviation Wink
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