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post #31 of 56
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Don't bother PM'ing the spammer. It's a bot. PM'ing won't break the thing and they use throwaway email addresses. If we don't have a mod watching to catch these ####s then they will post up to 100 threads before starting a new id. When we ban an id, sometimes they come right back with a new id, but most often they wait for an hour or more before trying again. If you can make free international voice over ip calls please feel free to knock yourself out calling the number and jerking their chain.

 

If you would like to volunteer to get privs to be able to cause posts to get automatically moderated when you use the report capability, please PM me. Frankly, it's a thankless job and an even more tedious way to deal with this problem than what the mod team is doing. We're getting pretty good at catching these within an hour or two of posting, Flagging the posts and hiding them does not stop new ones from appearing and does not reduce the workload we do to deal with this attack.

 

The random number thing is called CAPTCHA. We're supposed to have that stopping spammers at registration time, but spammers are getting to the point where one has to make it really annoying to real people to be good enough to beat them. These Indians are using the Facebook registration method and either using throwaway Facebook accounts or names that are so common we can't figure out which account was used.

 

As I've said, there is no shortage of good ideas for how to beat this attack. Unfortunately our vendor does not have a significant enough financial incentive to take timely and effective action.

post #32 of 56
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Geez I forgot my totally kidding font..

I understood you were kidding I was doing the same!
post #33 of 56
Do these idiots really hate you? Maybe TGR is behind this.

On a serious note, keep after them. We do appreciate your efforts.

Eric
post #34 of 56

Wow.  Again.

post #35 of 56
Thread Starter 

The attacks have been pretty much continuous since 4/23 in this wave, but it started on 4/7 with a Korean version. We're catching a lot of them within 10 minutes/10 posts, but anything that is not caught for an hour will quickly get to 50-100 posts and then start another ID. It looks like they do about 20-50 in one subforum then start on another. So you may think "again", but it is really much worse than that. There have been over 70 attacks from the Indian alone.

post #36 of 56
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Originally Posted by eleeski View Post

Do these idiots really hate you? Maybe TGR is behind this.

On a serious note, keep after them. We do appreciate your efforts.

Eric

Actually, TGR is also getting hit as are other forums I am active on. We are special...i guess just not that special. 

post #37 of 56
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The attacks have been pretty much continuous since 4/23 in this wave, but it started on 4/7 with a Korean version. We're catching a lot of them within 10 minutes/10 posts, but anything that is not caught for an hour will quickly get to 50-100 posts and then start another ID. It looks like they do about 20-50 in one subforum then start on another. So you may think "again", but it is really much worse than that. There have been over 70 attacks from the Indian alone.

 

I can tell.  Entirely sucky.  Keep up the good work.  You guys deserve donuts or something.

post #38 of 56
^^^

Yeah. This. Thank you.
post #39 of 56

Maybe if we all buy some furniture they'll leave us alone. I can never understand the motive behind these Spam attacks. What is the point?

post #40 of 56
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Maybe if we all buy some furniture they'll leave us alone. I can never understand the motive behind these Spam attacks. What is the point?

Hacker fools trying to earn street cred in the community ....

Oh and they can't ski the spam proves it
post #41 of 56
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Sorry Epic, the spammer scammers get paid because there's always one fool in 10000 and that's all they need to make a profit. Occasionally an operation gets big enough and sloppy enough for a white hat to take it down.

post #42 of 56

Other forums I use have resorted to only adding new members after a moderator review. That seems to work for this problem.  How many new members does this site get in a day as of late?  Is that a plausible solution?

post #43 of 56

We thought it was dying down and then last night we got 4! GRRR

post #44 of 56
Thread Starter 

There is no shortage of ideas for how to resolve this issue. Thank you very much.

post #45 of 56
Seeing kitchen remodeling spam this morning made me nostalgic for the good old days.
post #46 of 56
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There is no shortage of ideas for how to resolve this issue. Thank you very much.

 

How about if you.......

 

 

 

 

 

.....oh, never mind. ;)

post #47 of 56

Wow, five pages this morning and still rolling in.  This seems like a really stupid way to spam.  When the posts come in all at once it's kinda like the leaves fell from the trees already in a pile and waiting for the compost bin.

 

Perhaps I'm making the mods' job sound too simple....... thanks for your diligence and hard work.

post #48 of 56
Maybe the silver lining is epicski is considered worthy of an attack? smile.gif
post #49 of 56
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No. It's pretty obvious that all of the Huddler communities are under attack by the same spammers because of a weakness in the Huddler platform. Friday night was even worse than last night in terms of volume, but you guys saw more today because we did not have mods on all night deleting the crap as it came in.

post #50 of 56
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
 

Wow, five pages this morning and still rolling in.  This seems like a really stupid way to spam.  When the posts come in all at once it's kinda like the leaves fell from the trees already in a pile and waiting for the compost bin.

 

Perhaps I'm making the mods' job sound too simple....... thanks for your diligence and hard work.


It's fair to say that being a volunteer Mod during the off-season takes more dedication in some ways than during the North American ski season.  I really appreciate all that the staff do behind the scenes, as well as the members who volunteered to be on the spam hiding team.

post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

No. It's pretty obvious that all of the Huddler communities are under attack by the same spammers because of a weakness in the Huddler platform. Friday night was even worse than last night in terms of volume, but you guys saw more today because we did not have mods on all night deleting the crap as it came in.

Friday night was crazy, I personally got about 20  with over 1,000 threads. WHAT A PITA. 

post #52 of 56
My hand is up, any time you need an extra hider.
post #53 of 56
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the offer!

The big problem now is that the main spammers (Indian and Korean) will quickly get to the 100's+ posts if you don't ban them and ban their ip addresses. Flagging individual posts to hide them does very little and is an exercise in futility. You need to have full moderator privileges to deal with these beasties effectively. Full mod privs give you access to a lot more capability and content. We're not ready to grow the moderator team exponentially. When the posts were coming in willy nilly and in the 20-30 range, flagging them to get our attention made sense. Now that the mod team has to watch the system 24x7 for new spam users, people should not bother flagging posts from these spammers. I think we're closing in on a solution that will start choking these scumbags off.

post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Thanks for the offer!
The big problem now is that the main spammers (Indian and Korean) will quickly get to the 100's+ posts if you don't ban them and ban their ip addresses. Flagging individual posts to hide them does very little and is an exercise in futility. You need to have full moderator privileges to deal with these beasties effectively. Full mod privs give you access to a lot more capability and content. We're not ready to grow the moderator team exponentially. When the posts were coming in willy nilly and in the 20-30 range, flagging them to get our attention made sense. Now that the mod team has to watch the system 24x7 for new spam users, people should not bother flagging posts from these spammers. I think we're closing in on a solution that will start choking these scumbags off.

Good to hear. Good luck.
post #55 of 56
Thread Starter 

It looks like we have worked the kinks out of a workaround that has begun to at least frustrate the spammers and prevents the community at large from ever having to see the bulk of the spam. The downside is that new users won't see their posts immediately appear. Some spammers will undoubtedly slip by us sooner or later with this approach, but it will be good enough for our summer off season. Thanks for everyone's patience and understanding.

 

And spammers, if you're reading this, Namaste and Annyeong Hashimnikka. We have presents for you. Our representatives will be knocking down your doors soon to deliver them. We hope that you will enjoy our "love problem solution".

post #56 of 56
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And spammers, if you're reading this, Namaste and Annyeong Hashimnikka. We have presents for you. Our representatives will be knocking down your doors soon to deliver them. We hope that you will enjoy our "love problem solution".

Before or after we're done with FIFA?

 

Glad the team was able to add extra hoop(s) to the membership permissions process.  Sorry it adds some more work for you folks but we do appreciate itThumbs Up

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