Bug report Fake Accounts and Spam links

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  1. Roc6d

    Roc6d Rapidly Rising Member

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    Random accounts being made to send ton of spam links in the forum.
    I already reported several of them already..

    Example:

    Usually the account names are random or common names
    and first posts or spammed with links.

    Account Name: adsfafffe
    Intro:
    blah blah blah nothing to do with forum...then random link for no reason.
     
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  2. darkspire17

    darkspire17 well here it is, Super Mario 64 ~ Violet berlin

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    ive reported like, over 30 i think? all the same link, autogenerated messages and accounts, its realy annoying
     
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  3. Borman

    Borman Digital Games Curator Staff Member

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    We are annoyed by it too, but have zero control to fix it.
     
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  4. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 Keyboard Error: Press F1 to Continue

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    Get the "admin team" involved?

    Wasn't the official line that there's a paid support company operating things?
     
  5. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag Staff Member

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    We have to manually remove all the spam.
    I've contacted Kevin and Admin about it, the forums have now been patched and spam should be lessened.
     
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  6. NexTheReal

    NexTheReal Just call me Nex

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    I wouldn't consider cheap opportunities to buy viagra as spam

    ok but really, I'm glad its fixed now, it was really annoying
     
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  7. subbie

    subbie Moderator Staff Member

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    I just want to say, Thanks guys for ever time you report spam. It helps us out a great deal in getting it cleaned up quickly then having to walk the site and hope we come across them.

    So please continue to report, you have my thanks in advance any time you do, and hopefully the spam will lessen in the coming days.
     
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  8. MonkeyBoyJoey

    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

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    Just reported another one. These guys are relentless. Why us? Don't they know we're all smart enough not to click on the links? They gain nothing so it just wastes both their time and the moderators' times.
     
  9. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 Keyboard Error: Press F1 to Continue

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    and by their time, you mean bots that actually cost them no time at all.
     
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  10. MonkeyBoyJoey

    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

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    I meant the people making the accounts. Unless the bots can create accounts?
     
  11. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 Keyboard Error: Press F1 to Continue

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    Yes, the bots can create accounts.
     
  12. MonkeyBoyJoey

    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

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    Ah I wasn't aware of that. I remember being told that they couldn't. My bad.
     
  13. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 Keyboard Error: Press F1 to Continue

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    captcha and recaptcha are either broken or can be worked around. I have seen the captcha offered to the bot from the site its trying to sign up to, be used as a captcha on some other website (i.e. pirating site, what ever). When the user completes it on site B, the bot uses it on site A to register.

    But I believe most attack the audio these days
     
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  14. sanni

    sanni Intrepid Member

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    Maybe someone should get the support company to install something similar to this: https://xenforo.com/community/resources/new-user-post-restrictions.3984/

    --> If a new user tries to post a link he will get an error message and no post will be made. A bot will not be able to handle this so no spam posts anymore. A real person will have to wait until they reach a certain post count before they can post a link. Fair enough.
     
  15. Borman

    Borman Digital Games Curator Staff Member

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    We have something like that I believe, or at least we did in the past. Probably wasnt reinstalled.
     
  16. MBMM

    MBMM Powered by Pied Piper

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    I thought I was being annoying by reporting them every morning. Glad to hear that I'm actually helping out.
     
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  17. Roc6d

    Roc6d Rapidly Rising Member

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    It looks like the bots are spreading through the site in several different threads.
     
  18. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag Staff Member

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    Yep. We're aware of the issue, seems the patch was only good for a few days. As of right now since my last post, spam has to be deleted manually.

    Please keep the reports coming and we'll try our best to remove it as soon as we get a chance. Many of us are working full time and I'm currently at uni 4 days a week, so whenever I get a chance between tasks I come on here and remove the spam.
     
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