New "members"

The other day I looked at the members list and I'm sure there were about 86,000 with the usual motley collection of low-posting members at the start of the list.

Today there are 116,000 and the first 10 pages (at least) are a very homogeneous list of spam-looking names with 0 posts.

Have we been hit with 30,000 bogus members?


Rob

I was being hit with 100 members an hour at the peak of our spam wars at forums.hackaday.com

I was being hit with 1000 members an hour at the peak of our spam wars at irshell when that was around

something more popular like arduino ... um thats not that bad

though it could be filtered down to like 10 a month with jack squat effort by the admins by installing a simple plugin for SMF to scan blacklists (like stopforumspam.com) considering this sites stats

have fun

PS:look at signatures

Graynomad: Have we been hit with 30,000 bogus members?

Yes. We don't have the tools to purge the accounts faster than they're created.

Osgeld: though it could be filtered down to like 10 a month with jack squat effort by the admins by installing a simple plugin for SMF to scan blacklists (like stopforumspam.com) considering this sites stats

That was effective for a very short time. The spammers just move to "clean" IP and email addresses.

The real problem is the don't-give-a-damn ISPs. There's a large ISP here in the U.S. that seems to specialize in servicing spammers. The one that really chafes my butt is in Pakistan. From the IP address details they are clearly subsidized by the U.S. government. My tax money is being used to assist spammers pollute a forum I moderator. A truly painful irony. =(

Similar problem over at AVR Freaks

http://www.avrfreaks.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=120642


Rob

[quote author=Coding Badly link=topic=106978.msg803001#msg803001 date=1337752946]

Osgeld: though it could be filtered down to like 10 a month with jack squat effort by the admins by installing a simple plugin for SMF to scan blacklists (like stopforumspam.com) considering this sites stats

That was effective for a very short time. The spammers just move to "clean" IP and email addresses. [/quote]

its still effective as the list is quickly updated, though a few still sneak in