TL;DR: We've added some new measures to counter spam on the site. Nothing to worry about for legitimate users.
Just a quick update on stuff to do with the website:
As you've all seen there has been a very high amount of spam on the site, and the security we had in place wasn't enough.
Why is it important?
Some of the advertisements and links that were posted by these accounts were a mixture of malicious software, dodgy medicinal products or some other kind of nonsense that doesn't belong here (or anywhere for that matter).
It would also open up security vulnerabilities. Posting links to malware-ridden software which, no doubt, would steal information and ruin computers. No one wants that.
What's been done so far?
- I've gone ahead and added a new filter for ~1,400 domains that are known to be hosts to temporary/throwaway email addresses and blocked them from even making an account.
- I will continue to personally monitor accounts that make it past the mutliple blacklist checks we have in place.
- I will also be testing new captcha methods for new accounts upon sign up.
I will continue to explore the options to keep spam off the site, if you have any suggestions on what else can be done, feel free to message me. I'd be glad to hear them.