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Old 08-17-2010, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know how many new users this forums gets but on other forums, membership is done by admins reviewing and accepting people. This is a lot more work but if you require someone to write a few sentences about why they want to join or some BS the spammers will most definitely be discouraged from applying and I bet their English is terrible so if they do write "abut hew mech I luv snowskying" it will be easy to spot. I know I am new here but I wouldn't mind helping to sort through all the applications if others would like to as well.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We are considering doing something similar to what you are speaking of. It is a serious hassle though but we'll probably start doing it here in the near future in hopes of knocking the spam traffic down. Most of them don't have their posts left up for long.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think 90% of our spam is from The Daily Phone Spammer -- some yutz who keeps changing his company name and location, while promising great after-sales service

He could be caught by a simple automated keyword scan of new postings, since his posts are all virtually identical (except for company name, his name, his email, etc).
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yea, I know the posts are taken down quickly. It just seems like if someone has to take them down a couple times a day, it may be as much work (prob wrong on this one) as making someone apply. Good to know though. Again, if you need help with it. Send me PM or email. I used to run a forum of my own for a gaming clan so I am familiar with how to do it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I belong to some other forums where you have to make a certain number of "comments" and "replies" before you can start a NEW thread. This will at least slow them down a bit if they have to participate in the forum for a week before they can start spamming.
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