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What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:42:50 PM »
Hi Forum admins;

Why those strange messages about some kind of unnecessary stuff aren't blocked?

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 11:20:40 AM »
Hello,

In order to block the messages we need to put more security in place that will make it more difficult to join or post messages.  I will look into it.
Any feedback would be useful.  Can we live with these spam or would more security be the way to go.
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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 01:14:06 PM »
You currently have about 24,500 members and it's increased by over 100 today - so far.
If they all start sending spam - and the technique seems to be to register, then send a spam message a few weeks later - then it's going to become untenable.

My astro society forum has some very aggressive preventative measures, including things such as excluding large email address ranges, including all of China, and on top of that all registrations have to be approved by a moderator.  We have managed to get the number of spam registrations down to about one a day on average and that's easily handled.

From a look at the SMF site there are several options that could be used, such as checking spam lists for known spam email addresses or IP addresses.

I'd use a better question, preferably a set of questions. As it is there seems to be a 50% chance that a spammer can get the right answer.

Is it possible to put a security question in the registration email?

Chris

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 09:16:54 PM »
"Can we live with these spam or would more security be the way to go."

That's the way I think we should go....

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 02:02:50 AM »
Chris has a very valid point...."If they all start sending spam - then it's going to become untenable."

I believe that some security is a must.

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 10:25:15 AM »
Hello,  I have turned security up a couple of notches.  Let see how it goes.
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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 09:25:40 PM »
Hello,  I have turned security up a couple of notches.  Let see how it goes.
Steve

Well judging by the 3 spams in Deep Sky forum.....
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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 09:39:21 PM »
Let's hope that it will work it out! I don't like to know that there are perhaps virus's just next to my writing...

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 04:21:10 PM »
SPAM is still keepin' up coming....
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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 11:33:38 PM »
Once members are registered there's no way to stop them posting.

Members who post spam messages should be removed by the moderators. Their messages can also be deleted. That's a manual process and I expect that it's being done.

The only other thing is to go through all 22,000 members and remove the ones that are obviously fake.

The only solution will probably be to ensure that people cannot either join or post without some sort of moderator approval.  That can be practical if the number of registrations is fairly low.

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2013, 10:07:21 AM »
Hi,
Have moved to the Captcha verification system.  Let wait and see....
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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2013, 11:27:42 AM »
Does it stop people posting, let's see...

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Re: What about these "NO ASTRO" posts?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2013, 12:07:14 PM »
just deleted a few hundred spam messages posted in the last hour.  This is not going to be easy!