bwilson4web
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Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Sun May 12, 2019 6:12 pm

Sorry, I don't have time to fiddle with this nonsense.

Bob Wilson
20k/27k mi 2014 BMW i3-REx
10k/10k mi 2017 Prius Prime

admin
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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Mon May 13, 2019 9:02 am

That's unfortunate

vreihen
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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Mon May 13, 2019 2:55 pm

Does the forum software have an option where new user posts are moderated until it appears to be coming from a real person and not an SEO spambot? Maybe an option to not allow new users to post links until they make X many posts? That certainly discourages SEO spambots, since they can't put up the links they need to tilt web search engines.

Captcha is useless these days. You don't even need AI to work around it, with the labor rate in some parts of the world being cheap enough to employ humans to do nothing but solve captcha questions for the spambots.....
2015 BMW i3 BEV, Giga World, Tech and Driving Assistant packages, 15K miles

i3Houston
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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Wed May 15, 2019 11:31 am

Just ignore it! Hopefully admin will have sometime one of these days to get rid of them.
TM3 Reservation holder/ 2015 i3 Rex

alohart
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Location: Honolulu, HI

Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm

i3Houston wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:31 am
Just ignore it! Hopefully admin will have sometime one of these days to get rid of them.
It can be difficult to find valid threads among hundreds of new spam threads. Today I noticed for the first time spam replies to existing threads which can't be detected until each thread is opened.

The administrator either is unable to block the spam or doesn't care enough to block it. His response to spam reporting can be very slow (hours or even days).

I'm about to give up like Bob did. I already spend too much time reading about the i3 on various sites. Wading through all the spam adds to this time which I don't need.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Wed May 15, 2019 2:07 pm

Full post here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6339&start=20#p58685

This is what we're doing:
We have updated the forum software, including the anti-spam plugin that connects to stopforumspam.com database.

We have also added recaptcha to the registration system, so in order for a spammer to get through, they have to be coming from a 'new' IP address that has never been reported for spam before, and they need to be a human clicking on the recaptcha and also confirming their account with a valid email address.
We could make all new users go through a manual moderation process before they can post, but that's a lot of work. It's a different type of work I guess - one is deleting spam junk, the other is approving valid junk :)
Might be the way to go...

CharonPDX
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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Wed May 15, 2019 2:20 pm

Remember, this is not admin's full time job. This is a small "hobby forum" with (presumably) no paid employees. Yes, it takes time to deal with the spam, as admin almost certainly has a day job and needs to actually pay attention to that.

I just ignore the forum and come back a day later when I see it has been overrun with spam.

i3Houston
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Re: Bye Bye . . . SPAM wins

Fri May 17, 2019 10:35 am



We could make all new users go through a manual moderation process before they can post, but that's a lot of work. It's a different type of work I guess - one is deleting spam junk, the other is approving valid junk :)
Might be the way to go...
Is it possible to add Super Users who can assist with moderation process.
TM3 Reservation holder/ 2015 i3 Rex

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