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Reports of spam attack

Posted by Erik Vercammen  
Erik Vercammen May 23, 2018 08:30AM
Yesterday, Mindat suffered from a spam attack. What is the best way to help the administrators in such case: report every single spam message, or just give a more general warning?
David Von Bargen May 23, 2018 01:19PM
Most of the time one or more managers is working to delete the spammer and messages within 15 minutes of the postings. If something persists for more than a few hours, I would report it in the Errors and Mistakes forum.
Dale Foster July 12, 2018 08:27AM
Well at 9.25 am today 9 1/2 pages of spam crap!
David Von Bargen July 12, 2018 08:56AM
Actually there were 700+ spam messages
Kevin Hean July 12, 2018 10:04AM
Would it not be possible to limit the number of posts within a certain time limit.
For example. No more than 5 posts per hour..
David Von Bargen July 12, 2018 11:37AM
Only problem was that there were about 20 new spammer accounts set up.
Wayne Corwin July 12, 2018 11:58AM
maybe block all the wierd symbols postings?
and what the heck are all those wierd symbols ?
Kevin Hean July 12, 2018 12:01PM
One wonders what type of mind gets pleasure out of doing that
David Von Bargen July 12, 2018 12:12PM
It appears to be a simplified East Asian character set.
"One wonders what type of mind gets pleasure out of doing that" Its all done for money.
Christian Auer July 12, 2018 03:35PM
My auto translater told me it is korean.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph July 12, 2018 05:31PM
Unfortunately the system we use for the message board is old, not very good and not really properly supported any more. We would love to replace it with a modern system that is better supported but that will take a long time.

Until then we will have to try our best to reduce the likelihood of spammers abusing the system by making registration harder and Requiring email validation before activating the account
Alysson Rowan July 14, 2018 08:36AM
Frankly, Jolyon - whatever it takes.

Thanks to the admins for cleaning up the mess.
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