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ecb
01-04-2007, 04:21 PM
just wondering
5 posts to spam sites
person has only made 5 Posts

how do we take care of it?

ecb

Shandeh
01-04-2007, 04:23 PM
I think you just let one of the moderators know about it.

brendajos
01-04-2007, 04:23 PM
PM a mod. They got most of it but there is one still stuck out there.

sadly it is happening more often lately. might need to change how people register :(

brownishcoat
01-04-2007, 04:26 PM
I PM'd KellyK. The problem we're having right now is that there are no mods logged in. There may be by now, but not when I first noticed them.

HamburgKnitter
01-04-2007, 04:26 PM
It seems to be happening in a lot of forums these days...I think the spambots are getting smarter every day!

Stiney
01-04-2007, 04:34 PM
I'll say!

I got an email in my spam folder from "Penguins."

It was uncanny, I tell you.

(I didn't open it...gmail tells you the first line of the email, and it was the e e cummings kind of spam.)

Shandeh
01-04-2007, 04:36 PM
Our forum just got a bit of advertisement with Amy's appearance on HGTV, so that probably added to our appeal to the spammers.

Kaydee
01-04-2007, 04:52 PM
sadly it is happening more often lately. might need to change how people register :(

You know when you register for a site and there's that box with wiggly letters/numbers you have to type out. Maybe that's what's needed , they keep people from automatically registering to a million sites just to post spam.

landolphe
01-04-2007, 04:53 PM
I've only been here about a month, but I have not received any spam.

Lando

brownishcoat
01-04-2007, 04:55 PM
There are 5 spam posts on the board right now. But I PM'd Ingy, so that should take care of that! :cheering:

Shandeh
01-04-2007, 04:57 PM
Stine and I had a little fun with the spammer. We posted messages and images of SPAM. :teehee:

brownishcoat
01-04-2007, 04:58 PM
I saw. :teehee:

brownishcoat
01-04-2007, 05:00 PM
All gone now! :muah: :muah: :muah:

Ingrid
01-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Thanks--I zapped the posts. And of course I had to zap the responses too, or they really wouldn't have made sense. :teehee:

Stiney
01-04-2007, 05:02 PM
:teehee:

We forgive you, O Wise And Powerful Ingrid.

brendajos
01-04-2007, 05:14 PM
Thanks--I zapped the posts. And of course I had to zap the responses too, or they really wouldn't have made sense. :teehee:

when has this ever been a problem around here? :teehee:

Julie
01-04-2007, 05:18 PM
It's a tough call -- you can set up the board so that no one can post until they are approved, which can cut out a lot of spammers, but then legitimate new members would have to wait to post, which would be a bummer if you're looking for an answer to a knitting question in the middle of the night.

No easy answers, dang spammers :wall:

brendajos
01-04-2007, 05:23 PM
well it has been a while since i registered so i had to log out to go look. it definitely does have that code you have to put in but it isn't at all hard to read (at least not the one i got.) not sure how spambots work but i would think they could read that? no idea. wonder if confirmation e-mail thing would work where they have to register with at least a valid e-mail?

either way i have seen waaaaaaaaaay worse sites and our mods are very quick on the uptake getting them out so it isn't that huge of an issue.

Shandeh
01-04-2007, 05:44 PM
I think spambots are run by a computer, so a person is not actually "reading" the screen. But, I'm no expert.

ecb
01-04-2007, 06:04 PM
THANKS

ecb

Stiney
01-04-2007, 08:10 PM
I think Sandy's right. Aren't the woobly letter/number codes pictures? So a person would have to do it personally?

Friskums
01-04-2007, 10:50 PM
I think Sandy's right. Aren't the woobly letter/number codes pictures? So a person would have to do it personally?

Well, not exactly. Yes, it is an image with the numbers/letters, but people make programs specifically for being able to read them. That's why some are hard for normal people to read, because they have to be so messy to confuse the programs/bots.

I've seen some sites where they have a "click here to hear the letters" which is really helpful.