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Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Noitora, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Noitora
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    The past weeks gbatemp has been full of spambots, some time before gbatemp was spambot free, how come the place is full of them now? New spambots register almost daily...what the heck?
     
  2. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

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    Its always been like this, can't remember when it wasn't.
     
  3. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

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    Yeah I know, Ive reported a load of spambots to dice this week myself. Theres got to be some way to block them surely.
     
  4. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

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    UNFORTUNATELY image recognition is not good enough now as most automated bots can bypass these quite easily [​IMG]

    the coders of these tools are getting clever lately [​IMG]

    A forum I administrate on got pretty bad at one point we had to restrict everyone to first post moderated we had to approve each post before letting it out onto the forum to slow the surge!
     
  5. science

    science science rules

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    I want them to post in one of the Magazine forums so I can get rid of them [​IMG]
     
  6. Minox

    Minox I did it

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    I've already been able to do that [​IMG]

    Remember that lingerie spambot?
    Guess not seeing as I flagged it as a spambot after it was dumb enough to post in the Magazine area.
     
  7. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

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    How about only allow real posts once the user has made a proper introduction topic?
     
  8. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

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    or like another forum i go to, u can't create a thread until you've been registered for 10 days or something
     
  9. UltraMagnus

    UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    a lot of forums now have multiple authentication checks, usually asking the user to do basic arithmetic, possibly from an image. another one is just asking a really simple question for a human, like "what is the name of this site"

    heh, I just realised I never created one....
     
  10. OSW

    OSW Wii King

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    That seems like a pretty damn fine idea!
     
  11. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

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    As long as the introduction section doesn't get filled with spambot threads that is.
     
  12. WildWon

    WildWon EXTERMINATE!

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    That might be good there, but with us being such a huge site, and the "embracing of newbs" that we have going on here, new people wouldn't stick around as long if they can't post for 10 days.

    I mean, hell, i dunno if i'd have stuck around if i couldn't post for 10 days.

    This place is growing like mad, and we are going to see more and more spambots and random ne're-do-wellers running around this joint. Its all part of a growing site.
     
  13. Raestloz

    Raestloz GBATemp's Lone Wolf

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    Agreed [​IMG]

    And we need one mod (or someone) to watch over introductions area for that.

    I have extended idea for that:

    1. The new member HAVE TO post an introduction topic

    2: The moderator (or some one, or some rabndom member) should post in the topic

    3. The new member HAVE TO reply accordingly.

    4. the moderator (or someone with the same job) should verify the reply (whether it is human or not)

    5. If we use moderator, s/he can give the permission to post right away

    5.b. if we use staffs, s/he can report to moderators right away about the verification

    6 Only then the new member can post in areas other than Introductions

    How does this help?

    Well, based on Jax's idea, a proper introduction topic is something good, but bots can easily type those things too, something as easy as saying who he is, what's he doing and such can be typed with random things as the variables

    That's why another secure method is needed, which is a reply to a human post! Like i said above, someone should post in its topic about something (a question, like why do you join? What flashcart do you use? or something trivial and human), by doing this, we can be sure s/he is a human, or at least until that point. Since a spambot can only post topics, the can't reply to questions


    We don't need some code or other things, what we need is a human to verify a human [​IMG]

    how about it?
     
  14. Canonbeat234

    Canonbeat234 Redeemed Temper

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    Spambots our mortal enemy. This is becoming such a nuisance that we must nuke this website. To get rid of all the infected; we must sterilize the internet.
     
  15. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

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    There has been a couple of spambots posting for the first time after two weeks of signing up.
     
  16. Narin

    Narin The Cheat Master, kupo!

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    Also many of these aren't spam bots, but actual people paid to post advertising spam as well. Also the spam bots we see are targeted spam bots to spam on GBAtemp alone, not some random spam bot. Remember folks, before you can register, you have to type in "There are no ROMs here" and such which means the spam bots we see were specifically programmed to enter that phrase when they register. At any rate, the Spam bot problem should be fixed soon.
     
  17. Golfman560

    Golfman560 TheRapist.com

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    One quick question: Has anyone here ever seen a spambot PM someone?

    What be real easy if after joining they have to PM a set moderator that's really just a bot that activates posting abilities. In the PM they'd have to type some phrase they got in their email.
     
  18. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

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    Yeah I noticed theres a lot of dormant bots who sign up and dont post anything. Then two weeks or a month later they start spamming.
     
  19. PettingZoo

    PettingZoo yesss

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    I think for problems like having bots that post little to none for around a month should be transfered into a group which prevents them from posting and need to apply for their privileges to post again if they aren't a bot. Another forum I used to go onto had the same thing but it dealed with people leeching off the site.
     
  20. Jdbye

    Jdbye Always Remember 30/07/08

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    That would just be gay, for example if you go on a vacation.
    Just add captchas for posting - that would help a lot.