Banning Spammers

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Banning Spammers

Postby Scottish » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:53 am

I usually ban spammers as soon as they register but some crazy gun nut has signed up and when I try to ban him I get a message saying 'user name doesn't exist.'

Anybody have any ideas how to get round this?
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Postby Scottish » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:28 pm

Got the spammer. Sneaky git was using extra spacing to avoid detection.
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Postby upthewell » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:26 pm

scottish wrote:Got the spammer. Sneaky git was using extra spacing to avoid detection.


Magic!

Why would anyone want to spam this board though? It's one of the quietest, leisurely, intelligent boards I frequent. If someone were to spam a thread it probably wouldn't be noticed for hours (maybe a day or so) and would then be ignored...
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Postby Scottish » Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:22 am

They don't specifically target this board. It's an automated process which looks to find security holes in the software in general. Once in then e-mail addresses can be harvested. Or, very occasionally, a message posted (usually porn). Most of them can be spotted a mile off as they randomly fill in the application forms with nonsense such as being interested in Vietnamese kayaking or such like.

I take as many precautions as I can, including not allowing e-mail addresses which are particularly prone to spammers such as gmail, hotmail & yahoo. If I have any doubt then I personally e-mail the new addition for confirmation that they are real.

Occasionally the odd one gets through. I then ban that specific user, any name ending with the e-mail address used and in the case of porn posters the IP address.

The really annoying thing is when they are able to use variations on the site url to send out e-mails purporting to come from this site. Fortunately most e-mail software these days is up to the job of detecting this.
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