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    Default Ban the troll

    There is some troll who keeps coming on here with different names, but we know it is the same poster. He has nothing to say, but he posts spam and ad links using fake descriptions. For example, today he has posted about a dozen different postings advertising links to live streaming. None of his postings are live streaming of anything. He is pushing all the real posting dealing with anime off the boards. He posts dozens of these each day.

    I have reported his postings before, but you still allow it. How much do you want to ban this person? He is ruining the boards for everyone by filling up the boards with spam and ads. Or would you prefer we all quite your site and go elsewhere?

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    It's not a person. These are programs that people make to advertise. They're called spambots.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    You can't block them?

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Going somewhere else is going to be pretty much pointless since these things infest the internet like a disease, and even if they haven't found a specific forum it would only be a matter of time before they did.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Well I enabled a feature that prevents new users from posting links (first four posts are auto-moderated if they've got that), but I just added this mod as well, and signed up for akismet. We'll see how it works.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Aw man, seems like its working well against the bots. I expected one day to see them start a thread and actually have a discussion with whatever random one line snippets they posted.

    Edit: Welp, spoke too soon.
    Last edited by La Féline; 11-08-2016 at 04:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitou Ace View Post
    Well I enabled a feature that prevents new users from posting links (first four posts are auto-moderated if they've got that), but I just added this mod as well, and signed up for akismet. We'll see how it works.
    I can mention A4 since it no longer exists. Since around 2012, we'd been using this add-on, which stopped 800k bot signups in total. We were suddenly getting up to 200 bots a day and mods were getting sick of it. It was insane, so we found this add-on. But, there was also an IP ban on large chunks of China at server level because those bots that were blocked were still bombarding us with attempts. Unfortunately, that meant that a Chinese user needed to use a proxy if he wasn't on his usual IP. Small price to pay. It very rarely blocked real users, so it's really an awesome add-on.

    If I recall correctly, spam-o-matic has it's own feature to moderate posts with links?

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    The posting are still coming -- about a dozen a day or more. Seven earlier this evening and they are still out there. At least the moderators are deleting them.

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    Spam waves happen. But don't worry, our excellent staff is working hard to keep them from cluttering the forums. I know they can be much to deal with at times, but thankfully our systems and servers are blocking most of the spam from getting on the site. It's relatively similar for us to what Darkandiel is saying about A4. Still some get through and that's what we're here for.

    Unfortunately this is the best we can do with this problem, because believe you me. If I could find the flarknard(s) that's running this spam operation, I'd give them the ol' Jay and Silent Bob treatment. And I know I could count on a few other members and staff to assist me with that.

    Anyways, for a faster response time, I suggest using the Report function to report the spam posts and threads. It allows us to go right to the problem and solve it.
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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    It's getting worse.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Make me a mod and ill take care of it! *sinister laugh*

    Joking aside, that toonpur247 bot or user figured out the no link in posts thing. Suspicious.
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    Meh. Might take you up on that too...

    Cleaned it up, this is the third batch of 15+ threads today...

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    @Kaitou Ace , the add-on may need some tweaking. It should block about 98% of bot sign ups, if you haven't got there since your last post was written. I've been busy with uni myself, so haven't been around a whole lot. ^^

    I never actually tinkered with that add-on myself, so I can't direct you on what to do. Wish I could be of more help. It was set up by the previous admin and the owner. It didn't need fixing, so left it alone XD. The reason we blocked China wasn't because they were still getting through, it's because it was like a pile up at the gates. They were denied sign-up, so they were hitting the server hard. We were able to remove almost all of the other anti-bot measures. It was that good + China ban XD.

    When the owner removed spam-o-matic for a day, just to test it. There were 1,000s of bot posts. literally. haha!

    For some reason before the add-on, we had this massive influx of bot attacks out of the blue. Never seen anything like it. It was so bad that some moderators threatened to quit. As fast as we were banning, they were signing up more. XD. Mods went from banning 200 a day, to maybe finding 1 bot a week. And those ones were initiated by human sign up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkandiel View Post
    @Kaitou Ace , the add-on may need some tweaking. It should block about 98% of bot sign ups, if you haven't got there since your last post was written. I've been busy with uni myself, so haven't been around a whole lot. ^^

    I never actually tinkered with that add-on myself, so I can't direct you on what to do. Wish I could be of more help. It was set up by the previous admin and the owner. It didn't need fixing, so left it alone XD. The reason we blocked China wasn't because they were still getting through, it's because it was like a pile up at the gates. They were denied sign-up, so they were hitting the server hard. We were able to remove almost all of the other anti-bot measures. It was that good + China ban XD.

    When the owner removed spam-o-matic for a day, just to test it. There were 1,000s of bot posts. literally. haha!

    For some reason before the add-on, we had this massive influx of bot attacks out of the blue. Never seen anything like it. It was so bad that some moderators threatened to quit. As fast as we were banning, they were signing up more. XD. Mods went from banning 200 a day, to maybe finding 1 bot a week. And those ones were initiated by human sign up.

    Heh, it's set up, and I've been tweaking, but while it's making things a bit better, enough are still getting through, not sure what the magic setting would be, but I'll keep poking at it. It stops some signups, but a lot still get through, and it's only auto-moderating the posts, not the threads, so we get blank threads until I squash them, which is an improvement to be sure, but still. I think I ban 20 - 30 on a really bad day, and about 10 on an average one at the moment.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Any little bit helps.

    Is it my imagination, or has it been slow here the last few days. I hope these trolls are not turning people off to the site.

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    Default Re: Ban the troll

    Yeah, I was actually checking vBulletin.org. The add on hasn't been updated in a while. Although that shouldn't be an issue since vBulletin 4 also hasn't been updated. Unless, they (bots) have found a workaround.

    I work with a Xenforo site these days, so been a little out of the loop.

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