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Re: The Recent Forum Spam

Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by Skipper, Jan 16, 2017.

By Skipper on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:17 PM
  1. Skipper

    Skipper Manager
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    TL;DR: We've added some new measures to counter spam on the site. Nothing to worry about for legitimate users.

    Hi everyone,

    Just a quick update on stuff to do with the website:

    What happened?
    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.

    What now?
    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.

    #1 Skipper, Jan 16, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017
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Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by Skipper, Jan 16, 2017.

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    1. LowlyGentlemen
      Thank you for adding in this new protection Skipper, (and whomever else worked on it) we all as people who play on the server and those whom browse the forums are very appreciative of this and hope it will solve the issue for good.
    2. HyperFrost
      I am glad this is now implemented. All those inappropriate advertisements they were posting were disgusting and annoying. Thanks for solving it (mostly)
      TheTurtle_Gamer likes this.
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    4. seandmc9
      Nice, those bots were getting annoying.
      TheTurtle_Gamer likes this.
    5. Luckai
      well I came with this idea . Told it to kinks and she liked it , said it was a good idea...
    6. Stece
    7. ToastyTurtle
      Thanks for this, Skipper! Much appreciated!
    8. _Dylan_
      Hi skipper,"your profile page" is misaligned on the mobile page.
    9. Jared
      I have a better solution, close down the forums.
      Last edited: Jan 18, 2017
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    10. _EmmaFish_
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      Lodada, TheTurtle_Gamer and Jared like this.
    11. Skipper
      Think we've found a winner here, guys.
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    12. TheTurtle_Gamer
    13. TheTurtle_Gamer
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    14. Jared
      Please refrain double posting! :>
    15. BasicChris
      Whay a brilliant idea :>
    16. Luckai
      Closing down the forums means war and apocalypse xD
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    17. Melodaze
      Don't double post and thanks Ryan! :)
    18. TheTurtle_Gamer
      Sorry Mel, I really forgot that was a thing :p I won't do it again @Melodaze :3
    19. ShockWave 95
      ShockWave 95
      Finally a terminator in place against the bots!

      Also rip my bot hunting sport ;-;
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