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New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« on: January 29, 2010, 06:03:39 pm »
These days, it is getting common for spambots to no longer post any ads in topic or reply form on forums, and instead, send private messages to entire member lists or put advertisments in their forum signatures or website links fields. Some will even use their AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo fields to advertise, as well as their personal bio, when avaliable. These bots are harder to spot than regular spammer bots because they do not post new topics so the staff won't notice right away. This is made even harder due to the fact bots also rarely add these advertisments (which can often lead to malicious or innapropriate content) right when signing up on forums and can even take weeks to do so. While some people may consider these less visible advertisments less harmful than conventional ones, they can still cause problems if a member click the link when browsing profiles and the more time they're linked to, the higher their search engine rankings are.

A few months ago, we have solved the issue of PM spam by disabling the PM system for members who have less than 5 posts. Now, in order to filter profile ads, the only profile section that will be editable for members who have 0 posts will be "Account Related Settings", where they can change their e-mail address and password. While this will not prevent the increasing wave of bots from registering on Omnimaga, this will make it much harder for them to advertise, as now their only way to do so will be to post, which will alert the staff and the bot will end up banned and posts deleted.

We are sorry in advance for the inconveniences this might cause for new members. For new members who have questions regarding the website, we recommend the "Feedback & Questions" sub-forum at http://www.omnimaga.org/index.php?board=13 and as always, the other appropriate sections for other kind of questions (and obviously, the search engine, in case the question might alerady been awnsered).
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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010, 06:29:15 pm »
A captcha could be useful too? It is only a little inconvenient during signup. But it is one time.

Couldn't new members receiving a PM or email about the forum policy against bots? This could prevent problems for new members.
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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2010, 06:55:05 pm »
yeah, that might be a good idea, because new members most likely will not notice this news article as it falls down the list.  As for captcha, what do you think DJ, would it be necessary?  Are these actual bots or just spammy people?

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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 08:29:45 pm »
We had CAPTCHA enabled in forever. Most bots are programmed to bypass every type of CAPTCHA (and question asking) filters, today, though.

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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 08:36:22 pm »
This seems like a pretty good idea. It should help out quite alot! =)

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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 10:16:49 pm »
I like the new measures.  I'm pretty sure this will help a lot.

Couldn't new members receiving a PM or email about the forum policy against bots? This could prevent problems for new members.
What an excellent idea!  Can we do this?

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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 10:56:42 pm »
Well I could add this but I could simply just update the registration agreement screen and add this in red color. Idk yet, I guess that could be an idea

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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2010, 08:14:22 am »
Well I could add this but I could simply just update the registration agreement screen and add this in red color. Idk yet, I guess that could be an idea
That could do it, too. The problem is I don't remember reading anything of the agreement and I don't think everybody else read it.
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Re: New anti-spambot-advertising measures
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2010, 11:03:09 pm »
True, that might be an issue. But yeah if I try adding PM on sign up, there's no guarantee the MOD will install, since we alerady have many installed that could conflict