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Title: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 22, 2014, 01:06 pm
Is it my imagination or are a lot more spammers targeting the forum lately.

Is there a simple way to reduce/prevent them, apart from finding them in person and "persuading" them not to do it any more. Maybe a Turing test when posting a new topic or replying for new members until they have x number of posts or a moderator marks you as safe?
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 22, 2014, 01:17 pm
All of these methods have been suggested, but no one is listening.
Next time you see one from an Indian charlatan, read it  before reporting it - you may be amused.... ;)
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 22, 2014, 01:52 pm

All of these methods have been suggested, but no one is listening.
<Sigh> Story of this forums life. Maybe we can forward Spam to the Arduino Twitter & Facebook pages.   ]:)
Next time you see one from an Indian charlatan, read it  before reporting it - you may be amused.... ;)
They dump so frigging many at a time I could report it first and still have time to read it before it gets expunged because you must be overloaded with them.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: PaulS on Feb 22, 2014, 03:16 pm
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Maybe we can forward Spam to the Arduino Twitter & Facebook pages.

I like that idea.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 22, 2014, 07:00 pm

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Maybe we can forward Spam to the Arduino Twitter & Facebook pages.

I like that idea.

All we need now is for the webmaster(s) to add a forward to Twitter/Facebook button  :smiley-roll:
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 22, 2014, 08:52 pm
It's not funny - we've lost a badly-needed moderator who has thrown up his arms in frustration and quit, whilst, meanwhile, the spammers can post ludicrous volumes of crap because no-one can be bothered to give us the tools to fight them.

A massive "Thank You" to everyone who reports these semi-wits.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Coding Badly on Feb 22, 2014, 11:01 pm
A massive "Thank You" to everyone who reports these semi-wits.


+1
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Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 23, 2014, 09:59 am
It's a shame the spammers don't read their posts after the forum has done its magic.  :D
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 23, 2014, 10:45 am
Makes as much sense as reading Lorem ipsum.

How easy would it be to allow some trusted people on here to be able to lock an account and report to moderator or will allowing that level of control means they could run amok.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 23, 2014, 10:49 am
Sounds like being a moderator to me - you should apply.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Robin2 on Feb 23, 2014, 10:53 am
I dislike spam wasting time and other resources as much as anyone else.

However I am not happy with the title of this thread.

It sounds to me like a dangerous level of intolerance that is inappropriate anywhere, and especially on a forum about an Open Source product.

...R
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 23, 2014, 11:08 am

I dislike spam wasting time and other resources as much as anyone else.

However I am not happy with the title of this thread.

It sounds to me like a dangerous level of intolerance that is inappropriate anywhere, and especially on a forum about an Open Source product.

...R
You'd prefer, perhaps "Nice-as-ninepence, invite-'em-home-to-marry-your-daughter spammers"?

They come here, wipe their little snotballs in the visitors book and bugger off.
What do you think they care about open source, except as a free advertising slot for their scams?
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 23, 2014, 11:22 am

However I am not happy with the title of this thread.

The thread title is moderated (by me) from what I would prefer to put there.
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It sounds to me like a dangerous level of intolerance that is inappropriate anywhere, and especially on a forum about an Open Source product.

Why should I have to tolerate them? They are the invasive party here.
If I see a thread title for something that does not interest me I ignore it. If I participate in a thread and it does not go the way I'm happy with or degenerates into something of no interest to me (as I fear this thread may soon do) I end up deleting my posts in that thread so it does not get flagged up to me any more.
The level of spam that these scum are posting on here means I have to wade through lots (sometimes pages) of thread headers looking for posts that interest me. I hate to imagine what the moderators have to do to clean there mess up.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: cjdelphi on Feb 23, 2014, 11:40 am
Maybe it's time the forum became somewhat self regulating...

If 3 or more (different ip's) hit the 'report spam' button the post goes straight to a catchment area to be analyzed.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Robin2 on Feb 23, 2014, 03:22 pm
How about "selfish and thoughtless spammers" rather than "scum of the earth spammers".

"Scum of the earth" sounds like an expression the Nazis might have used about the Jews.

...R
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 23, 2014, 03:29 pm

How about "selfish and thoughtless spammers" rather than "scum of the earth spammers".

"Scum of the earth" sounds like an expression the Nazis might have used about the Jews.

...R

This must be some sort of record. #15 post to fulfil Godwin's law.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 23, 2014, 07:04 pm
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This must be some sort of record. #15 post to fulfil Godwin's law

+1
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 24, 2014, 12:12 pm
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I'm starting to enjoy this   ]:D
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: JimboZA on Feb 24, 2014, 12:15 pm

I'm starting to enjoy this   ]:D


...... if it wasn't for the fact that yesterday they filled about three screens and made it impossible to see the real threads.

But, yeah, the content is kind of entertaining, in a Pythonesque way.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 24, 2014, 12:35 pm
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if it wasn't for the fact that yesterday they filled about three screens and made it impossible to see the real thread

Yeah, sorry about that, but sometimes I have to eat, sleep, talk to my wife and children, work, do stuff I really enjoy...you know, the usual stuff.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: JimboZA on Feb 24, 2014, 12:39 pm
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Yeah, sorry about that, but sometimes I have to eat, sleep, talk to my wife and children, work, do stuff I really enjoy...you know, the usual stuff.


Apart from the sleeping, you should be able to it all at the same time, surely?

I was actually amazed at how close together their threads are in time.... some were 30s or so apart; they must have pretty nimble fingers.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 24, 2014, 12:45 pm
Scuba and simultaneous talking/eating is not a skill I've cracked yet, and not one I plan on working at.

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I was actually amazed at how close together their threads are in time.

Yes, if only someone could design a way to throttle high posting rates. {sigh}
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 24, 2014, 01:24 pm

Yes, if only someone could design a way to throttle high posting rates. {sigh}

Better still to throttle high rate posters  ]:D
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: PaulS on Feb 24, 2014, 09:01 pm
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Better still to throttle high rate posters

Hey, no, that's not fair.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Paul__B on Feb 24, 2014, 09:53 pm

However I am not happy with the title of this thread.

It sounds to me like a dangerous level of intolerance that is inappropriate anywhere, and especially on a forum about an Open Source product.


Sounds fine to me.  100% descriptive and accurate as far as I can tell.

Especially when they call me up from "Microsoft" about the viruses they have found on my (Linux) computer.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: JChristensen on Feb 24, 2014, 10:29 pm

Maybe it's time the forum became somewhat self regulating...

If 3 or more (different ip's) hit the 'report spam' button the post goes straight to a catchment area to be analyzed.


That sound like it would work. Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 25, 2014, 11:40 am

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Better still to throttle high rate posters

Hey, no, that's not fair.

Haha not what I meant, I was referring to posters that rock out new posts to quickly (especially new topics)
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 25, 2014, 11:43 am
Just got my first spam sent to personal inbox. Is this a new thing or have I been lucky till now?
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Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Robin2 on Feb 25, 2014, 04:39 pm
So did I. At least it is readable :)

It doesn't change my mind about the unpleasant wording of the title of this thread. :(

And there is a convenient "remove" button.

...R
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: AWOL on Feb 25, 2014, 05:01 pm
Can you please forward me the username of the sender of the spam PM, so that I can welcome them properly?
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 25, 2014, 07:55 pm

Can you please forward me the username of the sender of the spam PM, so that I can welcome them properly?

I had already done 'Report to Admin' and last I checked before removing the post they had become a ghost so assumed someone must have killed them off.
Title: Re: Scum of the earth Spammers
Post by: Riva on Feb 28, 2014, 04:12 pm

How about "selfish and thoughtless spammers" rather than "scum of the earth spammers".

They know what they are. (phone number edited to protect the innocent)
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Why am I such a SPAMMING SCUMBAG+91 9x2x2x2x7x kolkata

Is this blind (bad)luck the spammer posting this subject header or are they guests/members on this forum and have read this thread?