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philip 43 months ago

Several months ago we saw a large bump in forum spam coming from the India / Pakistan / Bangladesh region. I started banning IP ranges, but they hit from so many I got pretty frustrated and banned an entire /12 for Airtel in India. (For those that don't know, that's basically a million IPs.) Forum spam dropped significantly immediately. However, it also blocked a large number of legitimate users. So about a month ago I dropped the /12 IP ban. Then sure enough, a few weeks later the spam returned. Now it's back in force.

We have a couple strategies we're mulling over to reduce this, and I hope to roll some of it out over the next few weeks. I appreciate your patience while we deal with it. In the meantime, reporting spammy comments and topics helps us a ton to get rid of it quickly.

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Banshebot 2 points 43 months ago

Maybe add some verification measures when logging in and make it essential to verify your email before you can make forum posts. Might not eradicate the problem but for people using spam bots it might put a stop to them.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

We do verify email before being able to log in. For a bit we saw automated email verification clicks from spam bots, but we've found workarounds to block those. In a nutshell, the spam we're seeing now isn't from bots. It's manual spam from humans.

Banshebot 1 point 43 months ago

Aaah I see... Still this forum has a lot less spam than I've seen in other forums that I use, and the community including myself seems to report it as soon as it's posted. And if you decide to put together a PcPP hit squad count me in ;) haha.

FH100 3 points 43 months ago

Horrible, horrible joke:

PC Part Picker Anti-Spam Squad.

I bet the acronym of it could even be the little title on the username, like Staff. :P

Good to know the spam is being taken care of.

piemancoder 1 point 43 months ago

If there were signatures in the forums, I would SO add this to it. Now all we need is automated signatures. Guess I'll just manually type it in for now.

-This message created by piemancoder, a member of the PCPPASS

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jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I still enjoy the occasional idiot who thinks that this forum is a good place to advertise his refrigerator repair store in Egypt.

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I recomended a simple deterrent on the last one i reported. it wont end the problem, but may slow down the bots for a while.

Nice to see you adress this with us in such an informative way. Most admins wouldnt bother with such a good explanation lol

kylclrk 1 point 43 months ago

I've definitely reported a couple. The one the other day was pretty bad. Can't remember what it was called, but it was sexual...

manirelli staff 8 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Yeah... I banned that one but got a little giggle in as well.

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elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

what? sex didnt sell? lol

kylclrk 1 point 43 months ago

I think the post was called "Man Power," which really could have been anything. After reading the post, though, it was clearly spam. The link itself was super obvious as well (I didn't click it though...I'm at work and would prefer not to raise any flags).

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

haha, i think i saw that too but didnt read the text once i saw the link. maybe i should have read it lol

Charmin 1 point 43 months ago

I know right! I hope they don't know what Astrill is...

Jtergan 1 point 43 months ago

I will do my best.

piemancoder 1 point 43 months ago

I just saw a bunch of spam, reported all the ones I found.

Ravenwolf 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

And again...Part List Opinions forum currently being bombarded. Adding new ones every few seconds.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I haven't really been seeing this...so good job mods I guess.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

IN the last week i have seen it once, they did a good job of getting rid of it in a timely manner.. It shows they look at the reports unlike forum mods in other forums, so much respect to the mods here at pcpp

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