I suggest the administrator implements http://bad-behavior.ioerror.us/ which on another forum I frequent has eliminated most if not all such issues...
It seems we are in the spamming season lately. Hans' suggestion sounds like it might be good, but for now, I would suggest a vetting of new member applications. This can be done manually by the moderators or an assigned cadre of members who review new apllicants. All the new applicant needs to do is say just a very little bit about their interest in aviation. Spambots are not creative and their profile page shows an utter lack of information (especially aviation related comments). It would be a simple matter for anyone to review and hit an AUTHORIZE button, making the applicant a member in good standing with posting privileges.
I would be happy to help out if you need a hand.
Performing this screening should be like "jury duty", every active member should do a few of them as the cost of participating in this wonderful forum. Although I'm the FNG around here, I'll volunteer to do my part.
"Everything in this book may be wrong."
Richard Bach, Illusions
Conventional wisdom and practices yield conventional results. If that is good enough for you:
"--and pompous fools drive me up the wall. Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out."
Richard P. Feynman
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
I'm on board. Happy to help if possible.
I'm right 97% of the time, who cares about the other 4%......
The last couple of days on HBA have been rife with spammers. Look at the newews members... out of 120 of the most recent joiners, I only saw a couple of members that look legit... the rest are just spammers laying in wait. Actually, I suspect that most of this is the work of a spambot.
Last edited by bmcj; January 19th, 2015 at 08:00 PM.
It comes in waves. As the forum software makers (VBulliten and Simplemachines etc.) fix holes in their security, the hackers find an new workaround get to annoy people until they figure away to shut them out again. Measures and counter-measures...
I'm surprised on how few get through. Its a crazy world out there. Keep up the good work.
I just set all new registrations to be moderated.
Moderate New Members Allows you to validate new members before they are classified as registered members and are allowed to post.
Is it possible to set the system up to allow newly registered members to submit "ghost" posts? These would be posts that are replies to existing threads but are not actually posted. Perhaps it should be compulsory for a new member to post a visible post on New Member Introductions telling a bit about themselves. After that introduction, their next 5 (or any suitable number) posts could be "ghost" posts that are not shown as posts on the forum but are shown to the mods only. After what appear to be 5 legitimate "ghost" posts, the mods could authorise visible posts. Spammers generally wouldn't be bothered going to the trouble of drafting 5 on-topic posts just to then spam the site.
Just a thought...
There are many tools available to ward off spammers. They do have false positives too. In conversations with Jake quite some time ago it was relayed that the site is to be open. This allows people with a genuine interest in places that are also a serious spam problem origination point to register and post. This makes it a bit more interesting as an admin. Waves of spammers come and go.
Once Jake is available to discuss matters we will.