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24-04-2012, 02:44 PM #1
One post requirement for starting threads
If it is possible to set this, it would halt a lot of the current influx of spam before it starts.
A few of the bots are clever enough to post in existing threads, but much of the spam here are by bots who register then post.
If users were unable to start threads without having at least posted once, these bots would be stopped.
Few non-bots post threads without having posted beforehand, and even for those that do it's hardly much of an inconvenience that they post in reply somewhere else too...Originally Posted by CROCONOUGHTKEY
25-04-2012, 03:09 AM #2
I think you underestimate their ability to adapt. The result would just be more spam.
25-04-2012, 12:51 PM #3
What we really need is something like personal account approval like they have at NEOGAF. Time consuming, but it would stop the spammers.
25-04-2012, 01:40 PM #4
I have to agree, it's getting ridiculous with the spam threads. A few weeks ago I didn't really mind since their occurrence was sparse and the spam was flagged quite easily but now it has become really distracting. Please do something about it, Hivemind.Forum janitor in training.
25-04-2012, 01:43 PM #5
- Join Date
- Nov 2011
25-04-2012, 02:06 PM #6
25-04-2012, 02:37 PM #7
Poseidonfish@gmail.comthen it's likely they're a real person. But if it's cet123 and firstname.lastname@example.org then probably a bot.
Alternatively it might be time to appoint a couple of pro-active moderators from the community, who can at least move spam threads to a hidden sub forum for Jim etc to peruse delete at their leisure. No fancy powers or titles to get uppity with, just the ability to move posts and suspend accounts.
25-04-2012, 02:53 PM #8
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
- Three miles from the nearest bus stop
Likewise, unapproved accounts that post messages in threads could have those messages deleted if enough (approved) people flag it (I'd say a good rule of thumb is that 'enough' should be related to their post count, maybe half, so deleting a post of someone who has ten posts would need five flags, of someone who has four posts would need two flags, and of someone who has 100 posts will need 50 flags which will never happen but they should be effectively approved by that point anyway).
This makes it ok if they take a while to get round to approving people, and implements some moderation without specifically giving people scary mod powers with all the megalomania that entails.
But I don't know that it's possible on vBulletin.
25-04-2012, 03:20 PM #9
25-04-2012, 04:15 PM #10
Would a delay between registration and the ability to post be effective? It would require the spammer to return to the site on two separate occasions, maintaining and recalling the account registration info. Fark does something like this. (I only tried to post there once, I swear!).
25-04-2012, 07:02 PM #11
Also I'd second the idea of some of the long standing RPSers with lots of time on their hands (I'm looking at you lazy lazy students, whoever you are) being made mods.
25-04-2012, 08:25 PM #12
more mods, the ones you can trust. And they only have the authority to delete spam. I vote me. I report them hourly anyway, and I maintain the server list anyhow, so Im not about to go OMG KICKBAN on your ass.
I also vote kad.
25-04-2012, 08:28 PM #13
26-04-2012, 03:14 AM #14
I am generally opposed to mods as, like other positions of power, they invariably tend to attract pathological personalities, however it would seem difficult for mods empowered solely to remove spam to abuse their power without it being very obvious.
26-04-2012, 07:17 AM #15
They could be marked for deletion, and not show up to the regular public, and the "real" mods just have to approve.
26-04-2012, 07:23 AM #16
ok, this is getting silly. I cant even report faster than a minute, though its clear where they are.
I promise not to delete anything nonspamrelated. PLEASE LET ME KILL THEM.
26-04-2012, 08:06 AM #17
26-04-2012, 08:51 AM #18
or to quote something most will recognise:
I KILL THEM, WITH DEATH!
26-04-2012, 10:32 AM #19
They are piling up, fast. I'm sure one of the officials has noticed already. If not, who would be the go-to-guy for these issues?Forum janitor in training.
26-04-2012, 10:34 AM #20
Ill check perpetuum if jim is online.