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Esuohlim
Dec 9th, 2008, 03:57 PM
How hard would it be to just implement a "type what you see in the box" thing during registration?

Tadao
Dec 9th, 2008, 05:13 PM
Rules are for fools

Esuohlim
Dec 26th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Or you know maybe set it so that if a person's first post contains a link there is an automatic ban?

MetalMilitia
Dec 26th, 2008, 01:48 PM
Set it so everyone starts off banned when they join.

Esuohlim
Dec 27th, 2008, 01:42 AM
It would sure solve a lot of problems around here funny boy

Sam
Dec 27th, 2008, 03:46 AM
BAN ANYONE WHO HAS AN AVATAR FEATURING GLASSES, HATS, ANIMALS, AND ANY COMBINATION OF SAID ITEMS. :rolleyes

DevilWearsPrada
Dec 27th, 2008, 04:55 PM
does a fez count as a hat

Sam
Dec 27th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Yes it counts as a hat, you fucking retard. >:

DevilWearsPrada
Dec 28th, 2008, 01:00 AM
ban everyone with rolle hyes, jerk >:

Sam
Dec 28th, 2008, 05:57 AM
YES, EVERYONE WITH "ROLLE HYES" THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT. :rolleyes

Pub Lover
Dec 28th, 2008, 08:22 AM
GET OFF THE INTERNET, SAM

YOU ARE TURNING INTO A QUEERMO

Sam
Dec 28th, 2008, 04:45 PM
THIS IS A THREAD FULL OF DEAD MEN.

Esuohlim
Apr 29th, 2009, 09:41 AM
BUMP

SPAMBOTS STEAM ME UP

executioneer
Apr 30th, 2009, 12:43 AM
GROWLY FACE EMOTICON

Tadao
Nov 25th, 2009, 01:40 AM
Hahaha you should see how many spam bots are attacking right now.

Tadao
Nov 25th, 2009, 01:43 AM
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii285/tadao_mockery/WebJunk/spam.jpg

executioneer
Nov 25th, 2009, 03:08 AM
jin was on, whuuuut

Tadao
Nov 25th, 2009, 03:16 AM
I knew that would be said.

Pentegarn
Jan 6th, 2010, 10:12 AM
I am bumping this to add my 2 cents to this plea. Please throw in a type what you see in this box step to creating an account like Milpool suggested. Please please please.

Zhukov
Jan 6th, 2010, 10:23 AM
I actually don't mind the spambots. I sort of feel sorry for them.

Pentegarn
Jan 6th, 2010, 10:36 AM
I didn't either till this last one posted a new topic in every single sub forum

Dr. Boogie
Jan 6th, 2010, 04:41 PM
http://www.i-mockery.com/drboogie/scramble.jpg

We've actually had the "type the letters you see" bit on registration for some time, now.

That's the kind of spambots we're dealing with here.

Tadao
Jan 6th, 2010, 04:57 PM
It's been a while since I've made a character :(

executioneer
Jan 6th, 2010, 09:01 PM
how about a username filter of some sort- odds are pretty good if someone's name has the name of a prescription boner pill they're not here to comment on the latest tales from the longbox

Tadao
Jan 6th, 2010, 09:05 PM
Dead Milkmen fixed it with an auth code.

http://www.deadmilkmen.com/dmffa/profile.php?mode=register&agreed=true

you have to click on the link to get taken to a page that tells you what the code is. They used to get spam every hour, but now they get none. Like none ever.
..

Pentegarn
Jan 7th, 2010, 12:50 AM
^^^

This too

executioneer
Jan 7th, 2010, 01:10 AM
i know it's not likely to happen but for short term you could try blocking 58.253.* or 58.253.243.* and 58.253.246.* and 58.253.255.* since all the users we've ever had from those IP ranges are these dvd rip software spam guys

executioneer
Jan 7th, 2010, 07:02 AM
there's another, 58.253.243.177

Dr. Boogie
Jan 7th, 2010, 07:25 PM
Oh, I tried that argument before.

The problem is that even though those particular ranges include mostly spammers (or all spammers), we haven't banned them yet on the off chance that a real user might show up therein.

executioneer
Jan 7th, 2010, 08:05 PM
well the three-octet ones have gone thru before, so that could still work maybe?

elx
Jan 8th, 2010, 07:53 AM
i bet if you put the question "are you human?" with an empty form only accepting the answer "yes" that would work :3

Zhukov
Jan 8th, 2010, 09:30 AM
So... then they become human simply by answering 'yes'? :\

Chojin
Jan 8th, 2010, 01:46 PM
So... then they become human simply by answering 'yes'? :\

works for mexicans.

MLE
Jan 9th, 2010, 02:56 PM
hahahahahaha :<

kahljorn
Jan 11th, 2010, 08:43 PM
YOU SHOULD MAKE IT SO THAT THEY HAVE TO PLAY FLASH GAMES AND SCORE A CERtAIN SCORE :O

Colonel Flagg
Jan 11th, 2010, 10:27 PM
That could actually work. :eek

Chojin
Jan 13th, 2010, 05:16 AM
i bet if you put the question "are you human?" with an empty form only accepting the answer "yes" that would work :3

this would also keep the furries out

Pentegarn
Jan 13th, 2010, 10:11 AM
I'm for it!

executioneer
Jan 14th, 2010, 08:44 AM
someone ban 89.149.244.88, i REALLY hate the spambots that send you PMs and there's been three from that IP :(

Pentegarn
Jan 14th, 2010, 08:55 AM
Honestly I am leaning more and more toward the policy of if you have the default new user avatar you get banned automatically for posting in the fourms :P

executioneer
Jan 14th, 2010, 10:15 AM
problem with that is, a lot of the newer bots are actually putting non-default avatars :(

Tadao
Jan 14th, 2010, 12:56 PM
someone ban 89.149.244.88, i REALLY hate the spambots that send you PMs and there's been three from that IP :(

And those 3 are sending and link to a virus.

kahljorn
Jan 14th, 2010, 06:31 PM
:lol
report them to the FBI or some shit

Chojin
Jan 15th, 2010, 07:46 AM
someone ban 89.149.244.88, i REALLY hate the spambots that send you PMs and there's been three from that IP :(

k.

Dr. Boogie
Jan 15th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Honestly I am leaning more and more toward the policy of if you have the default new user avatar you get banned automatically for posting in the fourms :P

I just received a PM from a spambot with a custom avatar. They're learning!


Also, one of the admin powers is that you can delete all the PMs a person has ever sent, assuming they haven't already been deleted. So if you are wanting to report a spam PM you've received, but it disappears suddenly, that's why.

Tadao
Jan 15th, 2010, 02:25 PM
http://gamers-underground.com/attachments/news/3278d1200981295-you-now-have-power-070704cartoon_heman-jpg

Dr. Boogie
Jan 16th, 2010, 03:08 AM
If you've read the messages, I can pull them out of your brain and replace them with thoughts about how much you love the Doc Mock show.

kahljorn
Jan 18th, 2010, 03:29 AM
lol powerleveling345s :O

too bad there's no way to report people or some shit before they can spam it up

Dr. Boogie
Jan 18th, 2010, 05:35 PM
One of the last ones banned had his time zone set for Kaliningrad, South Africa.

Pentegarn
Jan 19th, 2010, 09:24 AM
Might want to look into ximike0119. No posts yet but he's set off all my red flags from what I have looked at thus far.

Womti
Jan 23rd, 2010, 03:07 PM
problem with that is, a lot of the newer bots are actually putting non-default avatars :(


there are ways to tell if it's a bot, tho. if someone comes waltzing in here all naked, with no avatar, chances are that they are likely a recently respawned bot, sent here from skynet to terminate us.

executioneer
Feb 7th, 2010, 06:06 AM
http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?205214-Add-an-extra-question-to-the-registration-to-prevent-bot-registrations maybe this will work?

Womti
Feb 7th, 2010, 01:32 PM
Add an extra question to the registration to prevent bot registrations

This solution will only work for vBulletin 3.6.3 and higher. On the lower 3.6 versions it will allow for a blank response.

vBulletin already offers a lot of buildin protections against registrations by bots (automated) like CAPTCHA (Image Verification), Email Verification or Registration Moderation. These will however not always protect you against human-assisted bot registrations (registration process automated, a human provide the CAPTCHA verification).

Unfortunatly there is no way to block all human-assisted registrations, adding an extra question to the registration process can however frustrate this type and often they will simply skip your board because it is causing them too much work.

How to add an extra registration question to frustrate human-assisted bot registration?

AdminCP -> User Profile Fields -> Add New User Profile Field

Profile Field Type: Single-Line Text Field
<<Continue>>

Use the following information when creating the Profile Field:
Title: Can you spell?
(Note: Adjust the title to the question you want to ask)
Description: Enter the first character of the word "Monkey"
(Note: Adjust the question. Don't use this example as it would be quickly picked up by bot registrations)
Default Value: B
(Note: anything but a valid answer)
Field Required: Yes, at registration and profile updating
Field Editable by User: Only at registration
Private Field: Yes
Field Searchable on Members List: No
Show on Members List: No
Regular Expression: ^[mM]$
(Note: this expression would only allow a 'm' or 'M' as valid answers, adjust to your needs)


^^this?

executioneer
Feb 7th, 2010, 05:19 PM
yes that is what i did just post a link to thank you

Pentegarn
Feb 8th, 2010, 10:11 AM
http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=12600

New spambot methiks

EDIY: I forget who said "Welcome newest member" was a good way to find them but they are right I bet

executioneer
Feb 8th, 2010, 10:18 AM
good catch dude it probably woulda sent me PM spam >:

executioneer
Feb 8th, 2010, 10:19 AM
seriously though: can we just ban all of china? THEY PROBABLY ARENT ALLOWED TO LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE ANYWAYS. or maybe put up an article about tienamen square that would def. work :lol

Dr. Boogie
Feb 8th, 2010, 09:24 PM
And lose out on all that Evony ad revenue?

Mockery
Feb 10th, 2010, 02:17 AM
:lol

Those ads are so ridiculous... stupid networks.

executioneer
Feb 26th, 2010, 04:19 PM
hey can we ban 124.193.170.162, lots of spambots registered to that IP (i've banned at least five today)

executioneer
Feb 26th, 2010, 08:41 PM
eight

executioneer
Feb 27th, 2010, 03:42 AM
ten >:

Pentegarn
Feb 28th, 2010, 09:43 AM
While I think you did indeed ban all these spambot losers. Could we perhaps get rid of their threads as well, seeing them fills me with rage.

Pentegarn
Mar 13th, 2010, 09:50 AM
I am willing to bet the farm this one is a spambot

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=12760

Kitsunexus
Mar 14th, 2010, 11:26 AM
Is there Rule 34 on spambots?

The Leader
Mar 14th, 2010, 01:23 PM
Fuck you and fuck your 4chan.

Kitsunexus
Mar 14th, 2010, 05:18 PM
NO U


kidding... I'll cut the /b/ shit. Sorry.

Grislygus
Mar 17th, 2010, 02:35 AM
suppliers314

Pentegarn
Mar 17th, 2010, 01:28 PM
They should just start naming themselves spambot(number here) It would almost be less obvious

Esuohlim
Mar 17th, 2010, 10:57 PM
I like the new ones we're getting where they don't spam but they try to post something relevant to the discussion of a years-old thread.

Pentegarn
Mar 19th, 2010, 10:12 AM
Is this guy one of them there spambots?

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=12785

10,000 Volt Ghost
Mar 20th, 2010, 12:21 PM
I'm pretty sure that guy who has the vanilla ice picture and is "Thanking" everywhere is.

Colonel Flagg
Mar 20th, 2010, 05:05 PM
I think so too ....

Dr. Boogie
Mar 21st, 2010, 01:59 AM
I do too. I don't get it, though. No spam anywhere in his profile or sig.

It could be that he's just the world's least successful spammer. Apart from KGP4death, I mean.

Zhukov
Mar 21st, 2010, 02:23 AM
Actually, I think he' real.

Dr. Boogie
Mar 21st, 2010, 03:43 AM
All the same, I swept 6 needless thank yous under the rug.

Pentegarn
Mar 21st, 2010, 09:10 AM
Thank you

Esuohlim
Apr 11th, 2010, 08:54 PM
SPAMBOTS >:

The Leader
Apr 17th, 2010, 12:57 PM
This fucker (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/showpost.php?p=681068&postcount=27)

Nobody plagiarizes my words.

Dr. Boogie
Apr 17th, 2010, 08:30 PM
That one couldn't even post his spam in the TV/Movie forum.

Pentegarn
May 20th, 2010, 11:16 PM
This guy is a spambot, I would bet my (insert valuable things here) on it

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=12425

10,000 Volt Ghost
May 21st, 2010, 10:36 AM
http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=13028

Dr. Boogie
May 21st, 2010, 05:06 PM
Did someone actually get a pm from that guy? I can delete PMs, but I can't actually view them.

His posts make him sound like a guy in rural Nanching who's trying to sound legit.

10,000 Volt Ghost
May 21st, 2010, 05:29 PM
He just sounds like Spam. That or he really likes Steel Reserve.

Tadao
May 21st, 2010, 09:10 PM
I think it's a malfunctioning bot.

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/showthread.php?p=686979#post686979

Dr. Boogie
May 21st, 2010, 11:45 PM
Whatever it is, I'm through waiting.

Pentegarn
May 31st, 2010, 10:16 PM
http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=13126

I suspect this one of spambottery based off his weak attempt at a name

EDIT: Also this one

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=13083

10,000 Volt Ghost
Jun 2nd, 2010, 01:06 PM
They should be hung for spambottery.

Pentegarn
Jun 2nd, 2010, 06:07 PM
I gotta admit even I was pleased with "spambottery" :lol

Pentegarn
Nov 9th, 2010, 05:48 AM
More spambottery here methinks

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=12295

EDIT: That was a fast banning

Esuohlim
Nov 9th, 2010, 11:25 AM
SPAMBOTS >:

Fathom Zero
Nov 15th, 2010, 08:27 PM
Ooooh, I like this new feature.

MLE
Nov 15th, 2010, 08:30 PM
Still working out the kinks.

Sam
Nov 15th, 2010, 08:50 PM
I FELT LIKE MY ENTIRE I-MOCKERY CAREER HINGED ON ME ANSWERING THAT QUESTION CORRECTLY. :(

Esuohlim
Nov 15th, 2010, 11:51 PM
What now

MLE
Nov 16th, 2010, 12:14 AM
Didn't work, rolled back, thinking up something new.

Esuohlim
Nov 26th, 2010, 01:53 AM
It's like 30 a week nowadays >:

And I just banned one that had "Banned" as its user title already.

Since we get an actual real new person twice a month we should just close off registration and implement an interview process

Esuohlim
Nov 26th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Holy good goddamn spambot cleanup :eek

MLE how are you doing that

MLE
Nov 26th, 2010, 01:55 PM
I am amazing. Thank you.

Chojin
Nov 28th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Holy good goddamn spambot cleanup :eek

MLE how are you doing that

probably through the 'find all posts by...' function and then clicking the 'select all' box

then when you delete them the forum is like 'WHAT POSTS? ;)'

MLE
Nov 28th, 2010, 03:17 PM
actually he was talking about the 20 spambots i banned in a row

executioneer
Nov 28th, 2010, 09:24 PM
ive banned more than that but they dont show up in the crimelab because i'm doing preemptives based on username (APOLOGIES FOR ANY LEGITIMATE USER WITH "CIALIS" IN THEIR NAME)

MLE
Nov 28th, 2010, 09:35 PM
i cross reference using databases of known spambots and will preemptively ban from that.

Chojin
Nov 29th, 2010, 04:32 PM
i think we should change the 'new user' avatar to a colorful 'PLZ BUY MY CRAP' avatar

Pentegarn
Dec 1st, 2010, 09:46 AM
I'm for it, and will vote for you as mayor of i-mockery if you make it so

MLE
Dec 1st, 2010, 07:38 PM
He's already judge, jury, and executioner.

Well, maybe not executioner, that might be willie.

Ex Leper
Dec 5th, 2010, 11:17 PM
Can this thread also be used to report trolls? If so I have a quote from one below

-deleted post-

MLE
Dec 6th, 2010, 12:11 AM
Taken care of.

Pentegarn
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:30 AM
I think this may be a new spambot, he hasn't spammed yet, but I expect he will with all those numbers in his name

http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=14727

Esuohlim
Feb 3rd, 2011, 12:58 PM
The spambots today are

http://www.johnnorrisbrown.com/classic-nick/outofcontrol/outofcontrol1_25625.gif

Tadao
Feb 3rd, 2011, 02:15 PM
WISH I COULD STILL HELP OUT

Esuohlim
Feb 13th, 2011, 03:45 PM
MLE how are you doing that? :eek

MLE
Feb 13th, 2011, 05:56 PM
majick

MLE
Feb 13th, 2011, 05:59 PM
that's why i'm chief of police, son

Esuohlim
Apr 10th, 2011, 02:58 PM
QUESTION FOR THE ADMINS WHO IGNORE THIS THREAD ANYWAY:

Does there exist some sort of setting that can automatically delete all the posts/threads of someone when you check the "Spammed Advertisements" ban option?

MLE
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:33 PM
I don't think so, but you can just go to their profile and check all their posts from there and delete them. It's much faster.

Esuohlim
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:36 PM
That's how I do it, but the whole infraction/ban/delete/hard delete process gets tedious after you do it eighty thousand times :(

executioneer
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:58 PM
well i wouldn't want it to be automatic on all spammed advertisements bans but yeah that sounds pretty helpful

edit: although i guess if you wanted to have more control you could just do a custom infraction :/

Shadowdancer21b
Apr 12th, 2011, 12:22 AM
I do things that way on the forum for my blog, too MLE.

Dr. Boogie
Apr 13th, 2011, 05:01 PM
That's the way I've been doing it.

I looked into some option for preventing newly registered users from posting links of any kind, but I don't think the board has that capability.

executioneer
Apr 13th, 2011, 07:24 PM
i see no reason there couldn't be some sort of plugin for that

10,000 Volt Ghost
Apr 14th, 2011, 11:52 AM
I feel like we should not delete spam bots nor their posts. Just transfer them all to this thread with them quoting each other. Then have death fights.

All Hail Duke
Apr 14th, 2011, 03:56 PM
that's a gribble of an idea

Chojin
Apr 16th, 2011, 09:27 AM
i'd rather not help them boost their google ranking, as we did for pram maven.

Mockery
Apr 17th, 2011, 05:02 PM
That's the way I've been doing it.

I looked into some option for preventing newly registered users from posting links of any kind, but I don't think the board has that capability.
Yeah, I've scoured through all the forum settings for something like that, but no such luck. Happy to try a plugin if anybody knows of one... though we're using a pretty old version of the software now, so plugins like that may not even be compatible.

So yeah, for now, just deleting their posts and banning or deleting their accounts is the way to go. I particularly like finding one just as they're registering and then deleting the account as soon as they're finished and about to make a post.

Chojin
Apr 18th, 2011, 10:58 PM
you think they'd get the hint after a while

Mockery
Apr 22nd, 2011, 04:31 PM
Last night, I figured out a potentially good way to thwart a large portion of the spambots that keep registering on here. I don't want to say it in public in case any of the spammers read this thread trying to see what we're doing to stop them, but if any of you mods want to know what I did, feel free to PM me.

MLE
Apr 29th, 2011, 02:34 AM
You know if you jerks would stop making witty responses at spambots that don't care, we'd notice the spam a lot faster.

Tadao
Apr 29th, 2011, 03:00 AM
Maybe the thread titled "ViAgrA WOWGOLD sexBoys NOW" created by 12312lown is a give away?

MLE
Apr 29th, 2011, 09:34 AM
I'm talking about the bots that respond to things

Fathom Zero
Apr 29th, 2011, 11:01 AM
I've started clicking the thingiemajig in the right-hand corner. I assume that helps.

Pentegarn
Apr 30th, 2011, 10:18 AM
I always click the thingy when I see a spambot

MLE
Apr 30th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Oh we know.

Esuohlim
Apr 30th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Yeah, I wanted to kind of mention that. I don't know about the other mods, but I personally find the spambot reporting to be a bit unnecessary. The only thing that happens is a new thread pops up, which I'm just as likely to see as the spam thread anyway.

Tadao
Apr 30th, 2011, 04:08 PM
I'd only report it if there was nekid pics. I'd rather it be noticed right away and removed before it gets onto Willies hard drive.

Mockery
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:58 PM
Yeah, I wanted to kind of mention that. I don't know about the other mods, but I personally find the spambot reporting to be a bit unnecessary. The only thing that happens is a new thread pops up, which I'm just as likely to see as the spam thread anyway.
Yeah, no need to report them really unless you see the thread/post there for several days without a moderator removing it. What MLE said is true too - don't reply to spambot posts, because it makes them harder for us to notice.

On a positive note, the steps I took to reduce spambot registrations seems to have worked really well. There haven't been nearly as many new registrations on a daily basis over the past week. :picklehat

Pentegarn
Aug 9th, 2011, 06:47 AM
On a positive note, the steps I took to reduce spambot registrations seems to have worked really well. There haven't been nearly as many new registrations on a daily basis over the past week. :picklehat

That worked for awhile, but they have adapted to your defensive capabilities it would seem :(

Colonel Flagg
Aug 29th, 2011, 10:19 AM
Next time we need Russian spam, we know who (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16521) to call.

k0k0
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:36 AM
Is there a way to make new posters post in the new person thread first before being able to hit the rest of the board? I don't know if the spam bots would be smart enough to do that. Of course that may cut down on actual new people wanting to post, so may not be a benefit. Just an idea.

executioneer
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:19 PM
may cut down on actual new people wanting to post

may not be a benefit

that's not the way I see it

Pentegarn
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:31 PM
:lol

Esuohlim
Aug 30th, 2011, 02:30 AM
EVERY SPAMBOT WANTS TO SELL YOU GUCCI ACCESSORIES

Sam
Aug 30th, 2011, 02:32 AM
WE JUST HAD ABOUT A MILLION OF THEM.

DO YOUR FUCKING JOB MILHORSE. >:

Esuohlim
Aug 30th, 2011, 02:48 AM
I DID, ASSHOLE

STOP BEING SUCH A GODDAMNED SAMBOT

k0k0
Aug 30th, 2011, 03:40 AM
Yeah, good luck getting someone on this forum to buy gucci. What do they think we are, 40 year old women who watch sex and the city.

Colonel Flagg
Aug 30th, 2011, 07:24 AM
You mean we're not? :eek

Pentegarn
Sep 26th, 2011, 06:26 AM
I think we need a thread backups for most hilarious spambot engrish, like this gem (edited out actual spam)

Last Time i watched Shark Night. This movie related to Horror Genre. I think this is the best hit of this year. In this movie, 4-5 friends go to a ireland for finding something. But they meet with a Shark.


:lol

Too good

Mockery
Sep 28th, 2011, 03:00 AM
Damn, that spambot just came up with a great movie idea. Maybe an Irish leprechaun-shark hybrid of some sort. Classic.

Pentegarn
Sep 28th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Another good reason for a spambot hall of fame thread is so we can reply to the silliness there instead of burying them and helping them escape justice

And who wouldn't watch that movie?

Esuohlim
Sep 28th, 2011, 09:05 PM
This was a very specific vBulletin thread about preventing spambots that was very easy to find and was posted almost five years ago. >:

https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php/218314-How-to-STOP-Spam-Bots-!!

The first post explains and links to a plugin that can be installed that prevents users from posting links until they reach a certain number of posts (which can be manually set).

Apparently this is very effective, and even though spambots still register they're completely unable to post.

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME, LET'S GET THIS SHIT SET UP ASAP

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 04:57 PM
Alrighty, I had a few minutes to spare this afternoon, so I just installed that plugin that prevents users from posting links until they have 10 posts. Please register a test account or two and let me know if it's working.
:picklehat

Pentegarn
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:03 PM
Doesn't seem to be. There's a test fake spammer spamming it up in chat

Esuohlim
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Yeah, that was me. I hope this isn't too good to be true. :(

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:09 PM
Nope, it didn't work. I was able to post links as "fakespammertest" :(
When I try to set the permissions "For Individual Forums | For All Existing Forums" I get thrown to the Smilies FAQ page.

Someone in the mod installation thread (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=177704&page=17) mentioned "You need to turn on the mod before you try, and be sure you are superadmin when you do. Once you turn it on it will allow you to set all rather than take you to the smilies page. When it's turned off it takes you to smilies."

But as far as I can tell, I have the mod turned on. :/

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:19 PM
Ok try again with another new account and make a new post in General Blabber and let me know if it works.

It should let you post, but shouldn't let any links appear.

Pentegarn
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:22 PM
:crossesfingers

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Somebody test it : O

Esuohlim
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Testing worked. No newly registered poster should be able to post links until they make 5 posts without them.

Hopefully this works the way it's supposed to, unless we suddenly get a wave of non-spamming spambots.

Pentegarn
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:40 PM
IT WORKS GUYS

Pram character :lol

the_rapist
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:41 PM
hey it even doesn't let you have a signature with links in it doesnt it

neat

edit: correction, it doesn't let you have a signature AT ALL

Esuohlim
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Oh right, I forgot about the sig spammers.

I'm counting chickens while they're all hell of still in eggs like a motherfucker, but this is the greatest thing ever

the_rapist
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:55 PM
is the minimum posts # adjustable

i'd feel safer with 10 or more tbh

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 06:00 PM
Glad to hear it works! Let's leave the minimum number of posts at 5 right now. If it becomes a problem, I'll increase it to 10 posts later on.

Also, thanks for tracking down this mod, Esuohlim. I'm sure it'll make the lives of the other mods & admins a lot easier too. Good find :picklehat

the_rapist
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:00 PM
oh wow also you can't READ links/images in sigs until you've got 10 posts

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:31 PM
hmm or not.

further tests required

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:32 PM
okay the sig's showing up despite only having 4 posts but it crossed 5 posts before i deleted one so i don't know for sure if it allows sig links or not

i know sigs weren't VISIBLE when i was logged in though

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:36 PM
yeah, when logged in as the_rapist i can't even see signatures, but when logged out i see everything except sig links and images which are replaced with "YOU MUST HAVE 10 POSTS TO VIEW IMAGES OR LINKS, YOU HAVE 0" so that's weird

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:40 PM
on the plus side though not allowed to PM anyone but mods until postcount minimums are reached, so at least pm spam will be blocked

Esuohlim
Sep 30th, 2011, 10:04 PM
I just deleted spam without links, but urls were still there >:

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Ok, I'm not sure what the problem is. Can somebody summarize what's wrong when you're logged in as a new user and what's wrong when you're not logged in at all?

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:25 PM
i'm not sure it's something WRONG, per se. I created a new account and could not see anybody's signature until I got past 5 posts, and when I was logged out it gave me a message in place of each link in a signature that I was not allowed to view said link until I had 10 posts.

Mockery
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:31 PM
Ok try both logged in with a new account and logged out now and lemme know if it's any better. The documentation with this plugin is pretty shitty, so it's a lot of trial & error.

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:34 PM
VISUAL DEPICTION
http://www.angriestmonster.com/blarg/spambots.jpg

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:35 PM
whoops, didn't see your post while i was making picture. I'll test again

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:38 PM
yeah the <5 posts account still can't see signatures at all, but logged out people can

executioneer
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:40 PM
and tbh not being able to see sigs is probably good for anti-spambot action(they can't harvest new places to spam from links that way), but it should be consistent so it works the same for logged out people as it does for <5 posts people if possible

Mockery
Oct 1st, 2011, 03:48 AM
Ok, how about now? Can the <5 posts account see signatures? I want them to be able to view sigs, just not have their own until they've proven that they're not spam bots.

executioneer
Oct 1st, 2011, 04:12 AM
nope, sigs still don't show up when i'm logged in to the other one, and he's still got signature (and can edit said signature)

executioneer
Oct 1st, 2011, 04:14 AM
also, a spambot just registered and made five posts so that it could post spam.

this may not be so great

executioneer
Oct 1st, 2011, 01:27 PM
and another just showed up with signature spam

Esuohlim
Oct 1st, 2011, 01:50 PM
Is the plugin able to block certain strings of characters, or is that too sophisticated? The spam I've seen still have urls without links, so maybe blocking "http://" or ".com" or ".html" etc. as well?

Probably not though :(

Mockery
Oct 1st, 2011, 01:55 PM
nope, sigs still don't show up when i'm logged in to the other one, and he's still got signature (and can edit said signature)
Sigs are showing up when I'm logged out, so that's fine by me. I think you can enter in a signature if you have <5 posts, but it won't show up for anybody else to see until you have at least 5. I could be wrong though... again, the documentation for this plugin is shit.

Is the plugin able to block certain strings of characters, or is that too sophisticated? The spam I've seen still have urls without links, so maybe blocking "http://" or ".com" or ".html" etc. as well?

Probably not though :(
Nope. There's nothing like that for it.

kahljorn
Oct 2nd, 2011, 07:20 AM
can't you just make a report as spam option that automatically moves it to a spam thread.

just make it so only people who are like members/vets are able to do it and they can't do it to eachother.

report as spambot would be nice too cause i see spammers all the time and wish i could ban the fuck out of them ;(

theres probably 8 on right now

executioneer
Oct 3rd, 2011, 11:48 AM
well, though its not stopping ALL of them, the flood of bots seems to have died down to a trickle so i guess hoorays are in order

kahljorn
Oct 4th, 2011, 08:13 PM
there's seven bots on right now :(

n/m there's eight.

kahljorn
Oct 8th, 2011, 12:04 AM
so there's probably like eleven bots on right now guys

kahljorn (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=1088), johnvdsmjr (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16801), Emu (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=1638), ThrashO (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=15981), carolilsv (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16732), andri2bj1ca (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16856), k0k0 (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=11136), jannirmiwb7 (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16798), lisaviti5sp (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16832), Sacks (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=2735), Phoenix Gamma (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=4987), victobhhw (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16744), Colonel Flagg (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=7285), mew barios (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=4), HowardC (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=7879), tammypbfonm (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16854), bonnija3tup (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16835), Grislygus (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=4602), garypymz6l (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16673), retrewss3 (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16789), michaor9e (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16764), tabeadmo06 (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16833), keyalw8v8 (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16786), Kitsa (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=7952)

executioneer
Oct 8th, 2011, 07:19 AM
i think bots still show up when they're banned? maybe

idk

Pentegarn
Oct 8th, 2011, 07:27 AM
Why not? Pram Maven is banned and I still see him show up

Dr. Boogie
Oct 11th, 2011, 12:09 AM
A lot of them registered, but never posted. Maybe they're just waiting for the right moment.

executioneer
Oct 11th, 2011, 12:56 AM
we still get about the same amount every day now; some of them are just sort of 'neutered' and post non-linking garbage, and some seem to have adapted to putting spam-signatures in instead

executioneer
Oct 12th, 2011, 02:50 AM
uh also i just killed one that only had three posts but still managed to spam links, so did that get turned off or have they bypassed it somehow?

Pentegarn
Oct 12th, 2011, 06:22 AM
Was about to also ask that because this guy (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=16671) has only one post and managed some spam linkage

Mockery
Oct 12th, 2011, 02:43 PM
I've noticed quite a few spambots posting links lately. I never turned off that mod, so I guess they've found some way to bypass it. :/

Esuohlim
Oct 12th, 2011, 09:38 PM
I believe vBulletin also has a feature where you can implement a question for people to answer before they register. I've seen them be easy math questions like "5+18-3" or something

Pentegarn
Oct 17th, 2011, 09:56 AM
"Wear your children warm and lovely with Australia" is my new favorite sentence of the day

k0k0
Oct 17th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Yeah, I laughed for about 3 minutes on that one this morning.

kahljorn
Oct 17th, 2011, 06:34 PM
AND PRAM MAVEN IS LOGGED IN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE HE WAS MENTIONED

ThrashO
Oct 17th, 2011, 07:32 PM
STUD_BEANER_69 IS 29 TODAY HAPPY BIRTDAY

k0k0
Oct 18th, 2011, 11:15 PM
One spambot: well X-Men is really awesome movie :) i guess :)

Another spambot: The two main characters in X-man back to their youth, it's a nice story! Even though there are still have some bugs in this movie, but still a classical movie!

Apparently spammers love the xmen. I didn't see Xmen the first class, mainly because of all these bugs I'm hearing about. I'll just wait til version 2.0




and another spammer: That's might be a little funny i put on sport site.Sport is a excited activity.

It sure is spammerbots. It sure is.

executioneer
Oct 23rd, 2011, 09:24 AM
so i just deleted one that made seventeen posts

hate you china

Pentegarn
Oct 23rd, 2011, 09:27 AM
I saw that son of a bitch, it posted like 2 or 3 long walls of text in the what are you reading right now thread. I wanted to reply, 'apparently, I am reading your walls of fucking text, I may still be reading them next week"

executioneer
Oct 24th, 2011, 11:43 AM
five new bots this morning, one of whom posted 18 times. yikes.

Pentegarn
Oct 28th, 2011, 06:08 AM
Love this (http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/showthread.php?t=69707870)

"I consider, that you commit an error. Let's discuss it. Write to me in PM."

"Certainly, never it is impossible to be assured."

Mockery
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:46 PM
five new bots this morning, one of whom posted 18 times. yikes.
I don't even know how they do that, cuz we have a limit to how quickly somebody can make another post after their initial one. At least we can delete all their posts at once instead of having to delete 'em separately, but still...

10,000 Volt Ghost
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Maybe if we treat them as equals they will learn the error of their ways.

Pentegarn
Oct 28th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Certainly, never it is impossible to be assured.

ThrashO
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:11 PM
yo. these bots makin me so mad that im about to doo doo on myself.

k0k0
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:38 PM
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Pentegarn
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:16 AM
:lol

I like it

tUyYace8318

Pentegarn
Nov 15th, 2011, 06:59 AM
Can use the link in China 3G or is moves 3G. The official on-line explicit writes is only supporting GSM not to support CDMA. the iphone4s US has now left not locks the version? Buys not locks the version to attain China to come to be able to insert the card namely to use? In the handset language has Chinese? IPhone4s, already left in the US, but as far as I know The US did not have not to lock, you must and so on, buy again do not have the versions to bring back China with to cut the card only then to be possible, the IPhone handset's card is very small, as for the handset language question, you wanted the attire software, under escaped from prison may also, but Iphone4s handset's pronunciation assistant, if your foreign language will not be unable to use temporarily Because it only supports the foreign language, it is said is because Chinese each words' view are too many, therefore cannot use Chinese However IPhone Corporation also said lets it support Chinese diligently. . . Last question can use the link in China 3G or is moves 3G. This is embarrassed I to be unable to explain, because I am in overseas, therefore this question I not am too clear, you have the friend in the US Because I must buy IPHONE4s I here to want end of the month to be able to go on the market Has the belt to lock with not locks. . 32G 699 ohm 64G 799 ohms

I could make a list of all the great things in this, but that would be most of the post, so instead let us all just bask in the entertainment of this new spambot :lol

Pentegarn
Nov 19th, 2011, 09:28 AM
Another one for the Spambot Smithsonian

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Edited out the spam 'links" but honestly te links themselves made this mess even more funny

Pentegarn
Nov 21st, 2011, 10:55 AM
Another new one I liked

my fingers started out on the way in the direction of the keyboard to available a producer new tab to confirm rod stewart's death

I think he was trying to "riff" off of this:

upon reading this, my fingers started heading to the keyboard to open a new tab to confirm rod stewart's death

:lol

k0k0
Nov 21st, 2011, 01:58 PM
I've had them copy and paste something I've said but run it through a program that changes words. Those bots are funny because they never make sense.

dextire
Nov 22nd, 2011, 10:39 PM
Here's a good one. :lol

IPhone 4 in Taiwan sold more than half a year, even though the limit, queue, until now, still sell thousands every day, but the fact is, telecommunications companies from the history
The consumer will think, "I every months to pay one thousand yuan in voice and Internet fee to go to?"

Pentegarn
Nov 23rd, 2011, 08:58 AM
I always find myself asking myself "I every months to pay one thousand yuan in voice and Internet fee to go to?"

Ex Leper
Nov 25th, 2011, 12:21 AM
Possible spammer/troll. http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/member.php?u=17318

EDIT: Never mind, he's just dumb is all.

Pentegarn
Nov 28th, 2011, 10:06 PM
So mods, we just letting the spambots win then? Cause there's no less than 5 spambot threads out there and some have been there for days now

Esuohlim
Nov 28th, 2011, 10:07 PM
WE ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM ALL THE TRYPTOPHAN :(

Pentegarn
Nov 28th, 2011, 10:10 PM
THE ITIS IS NO EXCUSE!

Fathom Zero
Dec 4th, 2011, 04:49 AM
oh how ironic

Pentegarn
Dec 4th, 2011, 08:44 AM
What? Did a spambot spot spam in here then get erased? Cause that is the kind of spam post I don't mind keeping around.

Fathom Zero
Dec 4th, 2011, 09:30 AM
It posted four or five of the same message in a row in the Spambot thread.

It was an amazing confluence of events.

Pentegarn
Dec 4th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Aw man, I am sorry I missed that :(

dextire
Dec 5th, 2011, 06:25 PM
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God teaching some badass moves for ugg boots.

Pentegarn
Dec 9th, 2011, 09:47 AM
This one made me laugh because the topic was about the iPhone 4s

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Great.... where the hell is the iPhone though? :lol

Colonel Flagg
Dec 9th, 2011, 02:02 PM
I was reading this and I thought about tulips.

Pentegarn
Dec 10th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Apparently the newest thing to be peddled by the spambot legion is cigarettes. No less than 3 threads about cigarettes in the last 2 days have popped up.

Pentegarn
Dec 13th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Wow... a cockfighting spambot. A spambot for freaking cockfighting.... wow

Colonel Flagg
Dec 13th, 2011, 10:29 AM
:disgusting

Mockery
Dec 21st, 2011, 04:08 PM
Anybody know how / where in the vBulletin admin you can change what user group is the default one that users are assigned to after they have verified their accounts? If it's possible, I want to set up the forum so all new users have to send me (or any admin) a PM once their accounts have been approved to enable their posting access. Until then, their accounts would be registered, but they wouldn't be able to make a post until they send us a PM to prove that they're actually human instead of a spambot.

I just went through the Usergroup Manager, but couldn't find anything about how you can set a new group to be the default group that newly registered users (with confirmed email addresses) are placed into.

10,000 Volt Ghost
Dec 24th, 2011, 05:53 PM
https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php/311862-How-to-set-Default-Usergroup-on-Registration

Might be in the right direction.

10,000 Volt Ghost
Dec 24th, 2011, 05:57 PM
You might have to set up the primary user group to not let anyone post, then once you okay they are alright by standards, promote them to a 2ndary group who can post.

Esuohlim
Feb 15th, 2012, 11:57 AM
Spambots are jerks

Esuohlim
Feb 17th, 2012, 01:44 AM
It's ridiculously out of control now. If I were a newcomer it would be enough to drive me away.

Esuohlim
Feb 17th, 2012, 02:55 PM
And every single spambot these days has a name that looks like the end of a Youtube url

Tadao
Feb 17th, 2012, 03:11 PM
AND ANOTHER THING

Esuohlim
Feb 17th, 2012, 04:00 PM
I WILL NOT BE IGNORED

Sam
Feb 17th, 2012, 04:33 PM
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH SPAMBOTS?

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/seinfeld/image/jerry-2.jpg

AChimp
Feb 19th, 2012, 09:27 AM
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248042

vBulletin plugin for preventing known spammers from registering. It needs vBulletin 4.0... not sure what version of the forums this is running.

Mockery
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:14 PM
Yeah, unfortunately we can't upgrade to 4.0 cuz this is a heavily modified forum made so it would work with the rest of the site. What I'm thinking of doing is this:

1) Temporarily turn off new registrations.

2) Set up a new "real users" usergroup that will have access to all the forums. For anybody who is a new registrant, they'll only be able to post in General Blabber and the Articles forums until they've proven that they're real. That way any spam is relegated to one of two forums only.

Might take a while to get everybody added to the groups and the permissions set up, but it's an idea at least. I'm super busy right now though, so I'm not sure when I can get the usergroups set up. I'll disable new registrations for the time being though. :/

NEW USERS: Any new users who want to register in the meantime, just send me an email.

MODS: Please delete any remaining spam threads. Thanks!

10,000 Volt Ghost
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:57 AM
This is the end of days.

Colonel Flagg
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:12 PM
Lookslike the spammers are getting in their last licks

Mockery
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:50 PM
Some spammers don't post immediately after registering, so ones that already registered will still get some posts through. But this new closed forum setting will obviously thwart any new spambots, cuz they're not gonna send me an email asking for an account.

Or are they? :chatter

Colonel Flagg
Jun 20th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Wow - kolosteve really wants to sell us some watches. :o

Mockery
Nov 29th, 2012, 05:16 PM
I've now updated the forum registration page to really simplify things so that no spambots will have a chance of getting in. Now rather than filling out a form, users have to send me a legitimate email to webmaster@i-mockery.com requesting an account along with what user name they'd like. Now anybody can sign up for an account and moderators won't have to worry about hordes of spambots any longer.

Problem solved. :picklehat

To any new users: if your account isn't approved within 48 hours, send me an email and I'll make sure the account gets created ASAP.

executioneer
Oct 20th, 2013, 12:41 AM
you let the terorists win!!!! wtf doctor mcmockery :x:x:x:x