overflowed by spam bots

How can I make this site better? Let me know what you'd like to see!

Moderators: khz, MattKingUSA

tramp
Established Member
Posts: 1455
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:13 am

overflowed by spam bots

Postby tramp » Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:04 am

What is about moderation in this forum?
Is no-one on the track to delete all those spam-bot-messages any more? :?
On the road again.

glowrak guy
Established Member
Posts: 1383
Joined: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:37 pm

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby glowrak guy » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:31 am

It's the weekend. :lol: Careful, or there will be volunteer recruitment campaigns.
Moderate for for a month, or get banned :twisted:
:wink:

RockHopper
Established Member
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:19 pm
Contact:

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby RockHopper » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:20 pm

Tramp is right, the forum is slowly getting swamped with spam messages. More moderators would help, but really there needs to be some sort of random element to registration e.g. random distorted letters.

User avatar
raboof
Established Member
Posts: 1644
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:58 am
Location: Deventer, NL
Contact:

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby raboof » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:48 pm

RockHopper wrote:More moderators would help


Unfortunately, more moderators would not help: moderators only delete posts, not users, and we really want to delete the spambot users, not just their posts.

Luckily, you are in fact all moderators! When you hit the 'report post' triangle on a spam post, it's added to a moderation queue and will be removed after review.

RockHopper wrote:but really there needs to be some sort of random element to registration e.g. random distorted letters.


Unfortunately, this appears to be a 'solved problem' for spammers: we had that for a while and it did not help. That's when we added the "name a linux distro" question, which has worked surprisingly well for a while. Now this effect is wearing off, perhaps all we need is a new question. Any suggestions?

werock
Established Member
Posts: 58
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:23 am

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby werock » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:44 pm

On my forum I run, I have a random Q&A during registration (i.e. what is the colour of the banner at the top of the page, or some such thing), and also set the moderation so the first post from a new user needs to be approved. It means a user might have to wait a while before their post is visible but it keeps the board spammer free.

You then get spammers posting who make their first post resurrecting old threads with a 'thanks for the info' kind of post, but as their post needs to be approved they are easy to spot. Plus the IP addresses normally originate from Russia/Bangladesh/China/India.

ssj71
Established Member
Posts: 1292
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby ssj71 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:57 pm

raboof wrote: Any suggestions?

Name an LV2 Host.
Name a common music genre.
Name a common musical instrument.
Name an ubuntu release codename.
What is the linux command to do [action]?
How many quarter notes in 4/4 time?
How many strings on a standard guitar?
What kind of instrument is a drum?
What's the acronym for Musical Instrument Data Interface?

I'm not sure whats required for a good question, but theres' a few options.
_ssj71

music: https://soundcloud.com/ssj71
My plugins are Infamous! http://ssj71.github.io/infamousPlugins
I just want to get back to making music!

tramp
Established Member
Posts: 1455
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:13 am

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby tramp » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:54 pm

raboof wrote:Unfortunately, more moderators would not help: moderators only delete posts, not users, and we really want to delete the spambot users, not just their posts.

moderator or administrator, that are just names, it's just a click on the right button to allow "moderators" to delete users.
On the road again.

RockHopper
Established Member
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:19 pm
Contact:

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby RockHopper » Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:24 pm

ssj71 wrote:Name an LV2 Host.
Name a common music genre.
Name a common musical instrument.
Name an ubuntu release codename.
What is the linux command to do [action]?
How many quarter notes in 4/4 time?
How many strings on a standard guitar?
What kind of instrument is a drum?
What's the acronym for Musical Instrument Data Interface?

They all look good to me. If it's possible to display a question from this list at random then that should hopefully keep the bots at bay for a while!

User avatar
khz
Established Member
Posts: 1202
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:29 am
Location: German

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby khz » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:37 pm

I delete user && delete posts
But i am not 24/7 @LM ;-)
Delete user

Delete user:
Please note that deleting a user is final, they cannot be recovered. Unread private messages sent by this user will be deleted and will not be available to their recipients.

FZ - Does humor belongs in Music?
GNU/LINUX@AUDIO ~ /Wiki $ Howto.Info && GNU/Linux Debian installing >> Linux Audio Workstation LAW
    I don't care about the freedom of speech because I have nothing to say.

asbak
Established Member
Posts: 647
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:04 pm

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby asbak » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:06 pm

raboof wrote:Any suggestions?


Don't allow newly registered members to post immediately, set it so they have to be manually approved by Admin first.
Yes... I realise this will lead to overhead and extra work.

It's usually not difficult to spot spammers.

They often have accounts set to Asian & Oriental timezones,
Another giveaway is if they have some kind of website advertised in their personal profile.
Another giveaway are somewhat bizarre sounding usernames which are probably generated through some kind of script... (one can often detect a kind of username pattern).

User avatar
khz
Established Member
Posts: 1202
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:29 am
Location: German

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby khz » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:25 am

~World War III takes place on the Internet :?:
:freedom:
FZ - Does humor belongs in Music?
GNU/LINUX@AUDIO ~ /Wiki $ Howto.Info && GNU/Linux Debian installing >> Linux Audio Workstation LAW
    I don't care about the freedom of speech because I have nothing to say.

Felix
Established Member
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:15 am

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby Felix » Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:50 am

Hey, quick feedback from someone who just signed up and is kind of a Linux newbie as well:

I had troubles answering the question (I unsuccessfully attempted: avlinux, ubuntu studio, ubuntustudio, kubuntu, trusty tahr) and finally had to google "ubuntu release names" and use a proxy (because I had been blocked due to my numerous attempts) to successfully sign up.

Maybe I am a special kind of naive but you might want to consider specifying that question a bit more to avoid losing idiots like me at registration ;)

ssj71
Established Member
Posts: 1292
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby ssj71 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:04 pm

how many strings on an average guitar?
_ssj71

music: https://soundcloud.com/ssj71
My plugins are Infamous! http://ssj71.github.io/infamousPlugins
I just want to get back to making music!

User avatar
thetotalchaos
Established Member
Posts: 153
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:29 pm
Contact:

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby thetotalchaos » Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:48 am

How about the name of the Qt front-end for the JACK low-latency audio server? I think that any linux-musician knows that. Or it can be something from JACK settings, like the default frames/period...
Check out my latest music album The girl with the stars in her eyes
https://totalchaos-music.bandcamp.com/album/the-girl-with-the-stars-in-her-eyes

User avatar
khz
Established Member
Posts: 1202
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:29 am
Location: German

Re: overflowed by spam bots

Postby khz » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:38 am

Something like this (question: How about the name of the Qt front-end for the JACK low-latency audio server?) and activate PRO: CAPTCHA-Modul <-> Contra: CAPTCHA-Modul?
FZ - Does humor belongs in Music?
GNU/LINUX@AUDIO ~ /Wiki $ Howto.Info && GNU/Linux Debian installing >> Linux Audio Workstation LAW
    I don't care about the freedom of speech because I have nothing to say.


Return to “Suggestion Box”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest