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    Forum Professor Zwirko's Avatar
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    I noticed that there are quite a few members with birthdays today (23rd October). Nearly all of them are spam accounts opened by the same person. I wonder how many members are just spammers?

    Culprits:
    Dr. Oz moringa
    baternafarms2
    miracletree2
    benefitshealth
    moringafood2
    multivitamin30
    nogmo30
    joliron7
    avalily994
    rlyava7
    ellaleah5
    haileyzor5
    marydinna5
    karenlisa12a
    danielleburns
    alybecka2
    riolily55
    alyron60
    caralisa20
    caralisa33
    caralisa33
    avalily30
    alyrio32
    alylady2


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    Though I'm merely an ordinary member of this forum, I still say thanks for the point-out Zwirko.

    I've also noticed peculiarities on a few other dates as well... having many similar usernames with the same birthday.

    I unfortunately have a history of accused sock puppeteerum (though not for mal-reasons such as spamming). Point is... Anyone can create multiple profiles linked to the same exact email address. So as far as I know, the same person with the same email and the same IP address can create as many profiles as they want. Maybe registration should restrict users from registering under an already used email. This should make it much more tedious for spammers to manually register multiple usernames.


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    Thanks Zwirko. Good catch.

    I just reviewed our anti-spam machinery and I agree that it's not up to the mark. The software we are using for checking spam is just not..

    So what's gonna change? I know of a much better software for this, and will try to install it as soon as I get some free time. Yes it will check IP addresses too.

    [Edit] The forum used to use phpbb CMS which is generally considered more prone to get spammed than our current CMS i.e. vBulletin. I think most of spam accounts are from phpbb times.
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    I've got fake Nike's and Ipods for sale. Contact me at IllStealYourMoney@hotmail.com.
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    Awesome! I'm writing the check right now. I can't wait!
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    Anti-Spam features upgraded. The new system will try to prevent bots from registering by checking their IP address, username and/or email id against a centralized blacklist. Even if they manage to register, the system will screen posts from new members for URLs. If they post a link, the post will need approval from Admin/Mods first.
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    does that refer to specific types of URL, e.g. trying to link to a blacklist of sites ?
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Any link, for now.

    Clarification: The url thing is only for newbies, and more specifically, for members having less than 6 approved posts.
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    There is actually a high probability for the birthday of 2 persons to be the same...it's not 1 in 365 HAHAH!!!!
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    Relaxed the rules a little. Members now require 2 approved posts before they are allowed to post without any screening. It was 6 before, an overkill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    It was 6 before, an overkill.
    And a pain for you and the mods, I assume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epidecus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    It was 6 before, an overkill.
    And a pain for you and the mods, I assume.
    Right!
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    Damn...these guys are so noob lol. Did they start spamming like, yeaterday? Pretty bad skills imo.
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