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Old 2016-11-18, 08:45 PM   #1
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Smile What's with all the spam accounts?

Clearly they're not making it through validation as none of them are posting, but every time I log on there's loads of them either online or in the process of registering.

WHASSUPWITHDAT all of a sudden?
 
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Old 2016-11-18, 11:14 PM   #2
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We've had a problems in the past with bots signing up a zillion accounts just to fill the profiles with spam links, so I'd guess it's that. The idea is that search engine crawlers will see the links in the profiles and it'll bump up the linked site's search engine ranking.

I'm pretty sure I adjusted the forum software so that search engine bots can't view user profiles the last time this happened, just out of spite.
 
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Old 2016-11-22, 02:20 PM   #3
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Can't we just, like, ban new users or something?

Or would that be unsociable?

We could build a wall and make the spambots pay for it.
 
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Old 2016-11-24, 04:42 AM   #4
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Some of the older ones are bad,too.
 

A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest of decepticons.
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Old 2016-11-24, 12:08 PM   #5
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... did... did I just get burned by starlord?

2016 can **** right off.
 
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Old 2017-10-01, 09:15 AM   #6
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As it's happening again, I think the only sensible solution is to ban everyone and close the board.
 
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Old 2017-10-01, 09:33 AM   #7
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Ban all the new users, close the board, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.
 
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Old 2017-10-09, 10:37 PM   #8
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As it's happening again, I think the only sensible solution is to ban everyone and close the board.
Might as well since not many people are posting here now of days to make it worthwhile.

In all seriousness a lot of message boards seem to be slowing down and some are just plain dead or dying a slow death, hell most of the major entertainment companies are ditching them and going to *shudder* social media platforms like reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and the like.

I been on some forums with a Twitter account and I wouldn't be surprised that there are some if not all those forums that their twitter feeds are more active than the forums are.
 



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Old 2017-10-15, 01:58 AM   #9
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Oh ffs.


 
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Old 2017-10-15, 02:37 PM   #10
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The Coleman Monster Energy trilogy is one of the great works of our time.
 
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Old 2017-11-02, 09:30 AM   #11
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Clearly they're not making it through validation as none of them are posting, but every time I log on there's loads of them either online or in the process of registering.

WHASSUPWITHDAT all of a sudden?
I think there's more than just machine learning from the way they've consistently made it past some of the security questions, and it's being farmed out MTurk-style to developing nations or similar.

Have installed a reCAPTCHA v2 plugin now.
 
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