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Wow. Guys, this is why we have spambot protection.

Postby Internetmeme » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:55 pm UTC

Holy crap, I just finished up the webcomic concerned, and decided "Hey! I'll check out their forums!" and I noticed that every single thread (read: every single thread that you will ever see ever) in the forum is full to the brim with spam (about 2-3 spamposts PER THREAD).

Link:
http://www.hlcomic.com/bb/viewforum.php ... 60f788e4fb

Now I know why we have spambot protection. I also noticed that one spambot there has 200+ posts. That says something about how many mods/admins are still there at that forum.
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Re: Wow. Guys, this is why we have spambot protection.

Postby Barky » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:57 pm UTC

I guessed the forum was abandoned after the webcomic finished.

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Postby madprocess » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:22 pm UTC

Reminds me of Usenet.

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Postby Ended » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:52 pm UTC

I found this thread particularly poignant.
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Re: Wow. Guys, this is why we have spambot protection.

Postby Dhes » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:14 pm UTC

Another good way to protect against span is a 1 time registration fee.
SA did this, and it really helped with the quality of the forum. *
It also keeps out people that only register to troll around or want to yell at people for their opinions.

(*SA = Somethingawful, and quality is a personal opinion)
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:21 pm UTC

Dhes wrote:Another good way to protect against span is a 1 time registration fee.
SA did this, and it really helped with the quality of the forum. *
It also keeps out people that only register to troll around or want to yell at people for their opinions.

(*SA = Somethingawful, and quality is a personal opinion)
Sure, but it's also like joining a frat or the Masons or something. While charging a membership does insure that everyone there wants to be there and has an interest in keeping the place going and entertaining, you're also paying for friendship.

SA's is at least a one-time and not recurring fee, so they do get a nod for that.
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Re: Wow. Guys, this is why we have spambot protection.

Postby Beacons! » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:18 pm UTC

I swear somebody on these fora used to have a banner that captured spambots and sent them on a loop. More things like that need inventing.
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Postby Internetmeme » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:50 am UTC

It's called "This link kills spam"

Link:
http://officeofstrategicinfluence.com/spam/

Also, they have a way of getting back at those meatspace spammers. Just tape the "Prepaid postage" envelope and put in a couple bricks. That will cost the meatspace spammer about $25 in postage that goes directly to the post office.
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Postby Squid Tamer » Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:55 am UTC

Internetmeme wrote:It's called "This link kills spam"

Link:
http://officeofstrategicinfluence.com/spam/

Also, they have a way of getting back at those meatspace spammers. Just tape the "Prepaid postage" envelope and put in a couple bricks. That will cost the meatspace spammer about $25 in postage that goes directly to the post office.


That's ingenious! I'll put that on any webpages that I might make in the future.
Edit: I'd hate to be the spammer that has to throw out the database that they spent months on.

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Postby SummerGlauFan » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:12 am UTC

The irony being that right now a spammer is on these fora posting all over the f*&$ing place.
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Postby xulaus » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:54 am UTC

My fave anti spam project is Project Honeypot not only do they provide junk emails, but also a list of IP and keywords often used.
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:52 pm UTC

SummerGlauFan wrote:The irony being that right now a spammer is on these fora posting all over the f*&$ing place.
Irony because.. now it's gone?
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Re: Wow. Guys, this is why we have spambot protection.

Postby Internetmeme » Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:13 pm UTC

Only for a moment and the moment's gone...[/tangent]

I just love the sites that get back at spammers. Also, according to the link I posted, the first spammer downloaded 1GB of fake addresses. I wish there was a way to embed viruses randomly in there so that the spammers themselves get viruses when they try to go there. They'll probably think that some adware escaped their adware folders, but they'll be wrong. Dead wrong.

Also, where is black hat guy when we need him?
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Postby Plasma Man » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:52 pm UTC

I will probably never be the first to post a comic thread, but the other day I was the first one to report a spam post, which felt like an achievement.
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:56 pm UTC

Plasma Man wrote:I will probably never be the first to post a comic thread, but the other day I was the first one to report a spam post, which felt like an achievement.
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heuristically_alone wrote:I want to write a DnD campaign and play it by myself and DM it myself.
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Postby Internetmeme » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:11 pm UTC

Plasma Man wrote:I will probably never be the first to post a comic thread, but the other day I was the first one to report a spam post, which felt like an achievement.

I've gotten to about 4-5 throughout the month.
Can I haz achievment?
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Postby sje46 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:13 pm UTC

I've gotten like, 40 in the past month.

Can I get a life?
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:15 pm UTC

You mean, can you have a .jpg in which nothing at all is stopping you from right-clicking and saving it to your desktop, and that is utterly meaningless beyond what you associate with it, and that though it was created by a guy with a funny colored name, it could have been created (and likely looked better) by any other member of the community?

No. You cannot have.


Sje. Yes, yes you can.
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