What's with all the spam?

Posted:
in General Discussion edited January 2014
Why is there so much spam on AI?



In the past few months it's become a serious pain. We now have a porn thread on here.



Ars has none - at least none that I've seen.



What's Ars doing that AI isn't?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,361moderator
    We really need to get a filter for new users and posts. A VBulletin mod that does some sort of preg_match on content or something. The same video encoding software gets spammed every other day. Signup blockers like Captcha won't always help because a few of the spammers are signing up manually.



    Basically, the check would test that if a user has under 10 posts and they have posts containing certain keywords, they are immediately moved to a waste thread.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Yes, the spam has become rather amazing as of late.



    As this thread is up and will likely be viewed, how about a tip for everyone on how to report spam? Then, if it does get through, we get get rid of it quickly.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post


    Yes, the spam has become rather amazing as of late.



    As this thread is up and will likely be viewed, how about a tip for everyone on how to report spam? Then, if it does get through, we get get rid of it quickly.



    I've always used the red exclamation mark on the left of each post to report spam. But even then it can sit around for a while. I'm still curious as to what Ars does. They just never seem to have any. It's not deleted quickly, it just doesn't appear. Bliss.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post


    Yes, the spam has become rather amazing as of late.



    As this thread is up and will likely be viewed, how about a tip for everyone on how to report spam? Then, if it does get through, we get get rid of it quickly.



    Isn't that what moderators are supposed to do? (wink wink, nudge nudge to the mods)
  • Reply 5 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,361moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post


    Isn't that what moderators are supposed to do? (wink wink, nudge nudge to the mods)



    Yeah but as much as we'd love to watch the forum 24/7, it's not humanly possible to do. Generally spam doesn't stay on the forum longer than 24 hours but there isn't a sufficient feature to prevent it appearing. It doesn't make much sense to keep having to delete spam when it's the same stuff over and over. It would be far better to recognise it once and just have a filter to stop it coming back again.



    That wouldn't remove the need for moderation, which also involves telling people off for personal attacks, moving/closing threads etc.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post


    Yeah but as much as we'd love to watch the forum 24/7, it's not humanly possible to do...



    But us regular posters do... Heh just kidding. Keep up the good work and hope you'll be able to sort out the spam issue.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post


    Basically, the check would test that if a user has under 10 posts and they have posts containing certain keywords, they are immediately moved to a waste thread.



    I think that would be a good idea.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    winterwinter Posts: 1,238member
    I've seen forums with far more spam. I'll check vbulletin.org for a mod tomorrow and can send the mod to whoever installs them.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    I count no less than 14 spam threads on the first page of General Discussion at this moment. Whatever the Admins do, or have done in the apst, to remove /stop spam, it just ain't working. The place is infested.



    How about an Admin outlining AI's plans to issue a Cease and Desist or something!
  • Reply 10 of 11
    irelandireland Posts: 17,798member
    Should enforce new account confirmation for a while.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,361moderator
    Maybe even if people with under 5 posts are only allowed to post 1 new thread or message in a thread a day. This means that they can't make say 10+ spam threads in a single day. Just one thread means it doesn't interrupt the forum much and the most damage they will do is a single thread or post before being removed.
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