A Plea to all members

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A Plea to all members

Post by bodgy » Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:14 pm

Please please don't respond to the Spamerators that are appearing here.

1. I doubt that they come back to read it, and if they do it'll be just to see how many people clicked on their topic. If they have access to the weblogs of the sites they refer to, then they'll know how many visits have come via this sites URL.

2. It makes extra work for Al and myself when deleting the topics - yes we can do delete topic, but we then can't check IP's etc.

3. If the need to answer is so great, life isn't worth living without offering them a serve, - then PM them ! - You might even end up annoying them if they get notification emails concerning PM's.

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Post by zotdoc » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:28 am

Bodgy - for all of us luddites out here, what does it mean to PM the spammers and how do we do it?Thanks - Zotdoc

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Post by philba » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:19 am

pm == private message it's pretty well burried in the forum but it is there.

PM them all you want but do you seriously think they will read it and do anything?? I can't imagine they care about some one's opinion.

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Post by Chris Smith » Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:32 pm

Automatons don’t have a brain, as in no sense no feeling, just post your trash and hope you catch some guppies.

Who is stupider, the Advertiser or the sheep that follows?

They don’t know, that’s rocket science.

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Post by HighFrequency » Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:58 pm

Pardon me Chris, but what the -insert appropiate expletive here- are you talking about? Make sense man!
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Post by Chris Smith » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:34 pm

Over your head huhh?

Give your self a few years to wake up, grow up and stop denying reality, if the sheep’s pen doesn’t consume you first.

What planet are you from, “Junk Advertisiaâ€

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Post by philba » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:29 pm

wow. it just doesn't get any better than this.

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Post by Dave Dixon » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:05 am

It wouldn't hurt my feelings if this thread - along with this posting - goes away. BUT.... I'm dying to know how I can catch guppies by posting trash to an automaton :smile:
I hereby promise to do my best to be sure my next post has something to do with our hobby!
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Post by MrAl » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:48 am

Hi folks,

I cant believe how much the spam has increased recently.
I delete two topics and two hours later there are two more.
Somebody must have our number.
I'm thinking maybe there is something else we can do too like
make the registration impossible unless done by a human.
Any other ideas?
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Post by jimandy » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:29 am

Seems like I registered in another forum that also uses phpBB and they required you enter a confriming code that is displayed in image form. Their forum doesn't seem to have spam. Does this forum do that for new registrants?
"if it's not another it's one thing."

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Post by philba » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:38 am

I think the best way to do this is to moderate first time posters. some sites require a member's first post to be approved. Once approved, they can freely post. Given the rate of new members posting, this is probably not a large burden - probably less than seek-n-destroy on the spam postings.

or you could have an "introduction" section where all posters must post a short introduction before being allowed in. I suppose that could be automated, though.

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Post by Chris Smith » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:33 am

Guppies are easy to catch, they stare blankly at the adds while you sneak up behind them and sell them your trash.

They call it Advertising and some actually believe there is a client waiting to be bored to death by such activities.

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Post by ku7485 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:44 pm

I do have to admit, I've never seen this much spam on a forum before. It's more likely people doing this to the forums, than a machine.
jimandy wrote:Seems like I registered in another forum that also uses phpBB and they required you enter a confriming code that is displayed in image form. Their forum doesn't seem to have spam. Does this forum do that for new registrants?
They do have confirmation codes for new registrants, but spam is still coming. As I said earlier, it's more likely the work of people posting spam, not machines...

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Post by jimandy » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:19 pm

KU7485 >
As I said earlier, it's more likely the work of people posting spam, not machines...
Well if it's real live people, to make it worth their while they must be spamming other sites and if they have to go through the tedious registration process, image code and all then I wonder if they're picking forums based on some demographic - say, like N&V, mostly male; high intelligence on average (with a few notable exceptions), and a lot of curiosity.
Or maybe they just picked us because our name has the word "Nuts" in it. :razz:
"if it's not another it's one thing."

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Post by stevech » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:26 pm

my wife likes Spam.
The kind you eat.

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