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PostPosted: Tue 11 Oct 2011 06:00 PM 
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Lately, the Forum is bombarded by spam bots (again). These 'members' frequently use generic e-mail addresses. I've just blocked e-mail addresses ending with '@aol.com', '@gmail.org', '@email.com' and '@yahoo.co.uk'. I'd love to block '@gmail.com' and @hotmail.com, but I've noticed a few regular members utilize such address too. If you do, and you read this, please change your email address to a less anonymous one. Sorry for any inconvenience these measurements may cause ...

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2011 09:08 AM 
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Lately, the stream of spambots has slightly deminished, thanks to the forum software update, and the blocked e-mail servers. From the 10+ a day that still manage to break through, 9+ use @gmail.com or @hotmail.com addresses.

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2011 10:43 AM 
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I've put a 24hr ban on all gmail and hotmail addresses. Any member with such an address trying to log in gets the following message:
"All gmail and hotmail addresses will be blocked permanently soon. Please change your email address tomorrow (this temporary ban will be lifted within 24 hours)."

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2011 12:39 PM 
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Hmm, I didn't receive that message when I logged in.


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2011 12:51 PM 
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Jorg wrote:
Hmm, I didn't receive that message when I logged in.

... guess it doesn't apply to registered members then. Good! :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Oct 2011 05:44 PM 
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The 24 hours went by without any spambots. The ban expired, and I just removed four, all with gmail addresses.
Think it would be a good idea to block @gmail.com permanently. Peers??

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Oct 2011 03:19 AM 
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I say yes, but perhaps every active member should be notified via PM?

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Oct 2011 02:40 PM 
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Or, how about John notifies everyone in person? :D


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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct 2015 04:11 PM 
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I've opened up gmail again. With the newer spambot countemeasures new users that do not validate within the hour are dismissed. Nearly all serious members validate their accounts immediately and almost always post right away.

Gmail has also tightened things up a bit. All bots using disposable email addresses now are using virtual subdomians and disposable SMTP servers. Bots were using a back door approach rather than using the actual registration forms. With the updates to phpBB and the updated spambot countermeasures we see far fewer.

I've also made a change to the PM rules. Human spammers that do not meet certain criteria get a error message whey trying to send PMs. We should see FAR less PM spamming now.

There is really no way to completely eliminate spammers without severely crippling the forums. There are ways, but they're fairly drastic.


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PostPosted: Mon 19 Oct 2015 06:12 PM 
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Nice!! Anything that limits the bots is good, eh!!

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