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Reporting spam or other problems

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Reporting spam or other problems

Post by jhnmdahl » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:38 am

Although we have pretty good safeguards in place against automatic registration and spamming the board, we do still get spam posters every month or two (which is pretty infrequent, even for a board as young as ours). If you see a post that should be deleted, please:

Click the exclamation mark in the top right corner of the offending post. It should say the words "Report this post" if you hover over the button before pushing it. This will ensure that it is brought to our attention, and doesn't go unnoticed.

Thanks!

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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Big Block Power » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:20 pm

Thanks for the update John.
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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Big Block Power » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:51 am

John they hit almost every post. On some of them there wasn't a ! Point so I couldn't tag them. Last thread in every post.
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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Big Block Power » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:26 am

What's up with people like this. Mayne a new team member can only post so many times? This is crazy.
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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by administrator » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:34 pm

Go it cleaned up, and banned the suspects. I haven't seen a spammer attack every post before, but I'll look into a limit for newer users. You go on vacation for one weekend...

Edit - saw we had one more on Tuesday morning. I can clean them up by hand, but I'm also looking into better tools to keep this from happening.

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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by jhnmdahl » Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:21 pm

In short, the problem is that we either have to annoy potential new users by not allowing them to post right away, or leave the door open to the mass flooding we saw last weekend. Our signup captcha and email confirmation prevent most of the automated bots from registering and posting stuff, but we can't really stop a dedicated person from doing so as easily.

It isn't easy to limit the number of posts a person can make in a day, for example, but we can tinker with a minimum time requirement between posts. At some point, there simply won't be value for a user to stick around for a long time to make a bunch of posts that will likely be deleted within hours anyway.

If we continue to grow over the next couple years, it also makes sense to look at designating more moderators as well, so these things can be knocked down a little faster.

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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Big Block Power » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:17 pm

Can you moderate first posts? Don't let them post till an approved user? Kind of like the classified sections in most forums.
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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Ytmsn » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:25 am

I just want to say thank you to everyone responsible for this site, and for everything that has been done to create it and to keep it running.

I now own my first Cobalt, and I look to this site as a valuable resource. I'm not new to boating, but I am new to this site and have read almost every thread that is here.

When things happen like what happened last weekend I get a little protective and wish I could reach through the interwebs and get ahold of whoever caused that commotion. Obviously I can't, so I will say it again, THANK YOU!

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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by jhnmdahl » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:48 am

BigBlock, it looks like that may be easier to implement when the new version of Phpbb comes out (months?), but there's still some question regarding whether that would discourage new posters. My ideal would be to limit people with fewer than 10 posts to 3 posts per day or some such thing, but I haven't found a way to do that yet.

The real issue this last weekend is that I was "up north" for five days, and didn't have reliable Internet on a weekend that was coincidentally the worst for spam that we've ever seen.
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Re: Reporting spam or other problems

Post by Big Block Power » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:33 pm

Right I thank you for your hard work on this site also. If I knew more about helping you out I would be more than willing. The bad I'm not a big I.t. Guy.plus I do everything from my phone.
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