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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:40 pm 
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zaval wrote:
I will reiterate my suggestion yet once about granting people, who agree, temporary moderator rights. Is it impossible to do without chase or you (moderators) are just afraid of it? taking share of the burden of cleaning after spammers, it would multiply countermeasurement forces until chase finds the time to read his email. And I very doubt those people, getting the rights, will be abusing them. Because well, I still believe in humanity. :D

And I will reiterate my previous post: We can not do that. The only thing we can do as moderators is delete posts and ban users.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:57 pm 
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Well, I didn't know that. I just don't want this forum disappeared, and looking at titles - "russian fat women", "grandfather and granddaughter", "taboo porn", "incest" etc (unfortunately I do possess russian), makes me feel this forum is about to disappear. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:55 am 
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It's a shame that the owner seems to have lost interest in the site. It is fast becoming a less pleasant place to visit and, at this rate, I can see it atrophying.

All things must pass.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
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Perhaps we can organize a group migration to a new server for the moment? I wish Chase would answer his emails... has he been on IRC at all?


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:24 am 
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I could help as a moderator to delete spam/users. I spend most of the day browsing posts. I would delete it within minutes or seconds in many cases.

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You could make an auto-delete subforum.

Add a custom script with a few keywords and alphabet letters to filter. Add more filter terms over time.

Also, look at how many new users post a lot of links, or a single link with or without <A href> tags. That can also be moved.

The subforum can be hidden only for moderators.

Then they can browse it, move valid posts to other subforums, and let the rest of hidden posts to auto-delete.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:21 am 
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iansjack wrote:
It's a shame that the owner seems to have lost interest in the site. It is fast becoming a less pleasant place to visit and, at this rate, I can see it atrophying.

All things must pass.


): I hope that doesn't happen. This place used to be very active a few years ago, I wonder what happened, honestly. Is IRC the last bastion of osdev?

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:26 pm 
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I could help as a moderator to delete spam/users. I spend most of the day browsing posts. I would delete it within minutes or seconds in many cases.
Only chase can add new mods.
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You could make an auto-delete subforum.
Only chase can add new forums.
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Add a custom script with a few keywords and alphabet letters to filter. Add more filter terms over time.
We could build a bot that automates deletion using an existing moderator's accounts, but I worry about false positives. We need to ban the bots or they just keep posting, sometimes immediately after we've deleted their existing posts.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:25 am 
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I've sent Chase a PM about this and he hasn't read it in a week.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:19 am 
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I've sent Chase a PM about this and he hasn't read it in a week.
Spammers could even be targeting Chase to meet himself, and he must know so he isn't frequent here.

I know because I almost got killed in a street by 6 that looked like primary/secondary school students. I'm sure it's because of my website (190.53.102.175). This sort of spammers that figure how to find high-complexity development sites are truly targeting the administrators for some reason, if possible to get rid of them like Pat Villani and Terry Davis (even Steve Jobs more or less indirectly).

It's a matter of not going to dangerous places, or surely you know better ways to avoid such assailants with special interest in technology professionals (they have trained themselves to work competently in the industry and in the most important enterprise names so they are complex).

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:18 am 
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~, what you are claiming is complete lunacy! There is no-one targeting Chase in real life in order to shutdown the OSDev forum... I can almost certainly tell you that no one is targeting you in person for your website either, seeing as it has a proclivity to fail and not even deliver the page. If you are genuinely being followed and threatened, please speak to the authorities, but at the same time do not act on a belief that sounds rather unsubstantiated.

As for the site, it may be time for another administrator to be created to ensure this kind of situation is resolved... Is there not a trusted moderator?


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:43 pm 
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Chase will fix things eventually. In the meantime, we must help out as best we can by not clicking on spammers' links and by not even reading their threads. Keep the view counts as low as possible so that they know that they're wasting their time and money.

On another issue, there are many conditions which adventurous programmers can suffer from such as autism, bipolar disorder and chronic social ineptitude which are likely well represented on this forum, and we should be careful not to inadvertently abuse such people. They frequently make useful contributions and they are common in this field because they are more driven to do this weird kind of work than ordinary members of the population. Embrace the diversity.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
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Quite right, I apologize for not considering the suchlike. I mean no disrespect, though my post was quite aggressive. I had not considered the possibility and will take it in subsequent posts.

Apologies and Best,


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion on the recent spam issue
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I'll even pay for a solution but I need help figuring out what to do because I research this every year and don't come up with good options.

I don't want to require payment or accounts with other services (other than email)

I'd be okay with new users being restricted but I'd prefer the burden of approving new posts not to fall on a small number of moderators that sometimes get busy.

PM me suggestions for changing the captcha since we don't want the new answer to be public. It needs to be something people new to OS development can figure out. That probably means most people written spam bots can figure it out also but at this point I think our captcha answer has been added to a list.


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