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For these idiots posting garbage, can you make it so we can click on their user name and block them, instead of trying to remember how they wrote it and go to the Ignore Member feature?
 

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It would be better if he implemented CAPTCHA fields...it would virtually eliminate these bots altogether.
 

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Ignoring them totally would be ideal, though difficult for some people.
 

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Ignoring them totally would be ideal, though difficult for some people.
I ignore them, but at times when I open the board there are several of them taking up space on the first page of O&E. I'd like to make the **** things disappear! :mad:
 

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Daniel,

Time to pick a couple regulars that will agree to be moderators and have the power to kill some threads and memberships. Specifically related to blatent porn related content. We do still try to kepp the forum family tolerant. Someone tat won't get carried away and kill opposing politcal viewpoints, nor bad Lab Owner behavior. Lets just kill the porm.
 

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I ignore them, but at times when I open the board there are several of them taking up space on the first page of O&E. I'd like to make the **** things disappear! :mad:
By ignoring, I meant posting in the threads. Posting in them just bumps them up.
 

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I'm not sure O&E is the best place to put this. Dan probably wont see it unless someone PM's him the link or emails him.

How about re-posting it in Suggestions?

And yes, something needs to be done with these punks. It's getting out of control. :mad:

 

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The insurance stuff is a PITA but the porn stuff will only get worse and is unacceptable.
 

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Forum spambots

Forum spambots surf the web, looking for guestbooks, wikis, blogs, forums and any other web forms to submit spam links to the web forms it finds. These spambots often use OCR technology to bypass CAPTCHAs present. Some spam messages are targeted towards readers and can involve techniques of target marketing or even phishing, making it hard to tell real posts from the bot generated ones. Not all of the spam posts are meant for the readers; some spam messages are simply hyperlinks intended to boost search engine ranking.
This category of spambots has gained considerable notoriety since November 2006, with the introduction of XRumer, a forum and wiki spambot which can often bypass many of the safeguards administrators use to reduce the amount of spam posted.
The easiest way to prevent spambots from posting on forums, wiki, guestbook, etc. is to enable email activation by installing a mail server on the host (eg: Sendmail, Postfix, Exim.), since most spambot scripts use fake or randomly generated names on real email providers, the emails will mostly never be successfully routed to them.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_bots
 

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Thank you, kiddsmom -- that's an interesting reference.

I guess there's an arms race going on here so shortly after any one method of defeating the attackers is developed, they'll often develop some other way of overcoming it and intruding. It's bound to be a continual race.

 

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Bob, I had spambots on one of my forums. I have to approve all memberships on the one so that stopped them from getting into the forum, but it was becoming a pain having to delete them all the time.

I installed the CAPTCHA and never had another spambot register.
 
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