[ATTN Moderators] Anti-Spambot Weaponry Developed

Discussion in 'Online Operations' started by Blaqk, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Blaqk
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    Blaqk NOTD Staff: Bugs, Pugs, and Scruggs

    I've created a new "banned" category specifically for Spambots. You can choose whether to place a member in the "Banned" or "Spambot" group when banning, please choose accordingly. The only difference is, after 3 months, anyone in the Spambot category will be deleted. This will keep us from having 15,000+ registered users when 14,000 of those are spambots.

    Thankies. <3

    I'll post a more coherent and detailed post about how and why this is helpful/good when I'm sober.
  2. Shooz
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    Shooz NOTD Staff: Killjoy

    This is really good news Blaqk. Good work.
  3. Blaqk
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    Blaqk NOTD Staff: Bugs, Pugs, and Scruggs

    An Anti-Spam attack feature now exists. Should we ever come under a massive attack, there's now a promotion option that can be enabled/disabled by any administrator that will automatically promote new accounts into a usergroup called Countermeasures. While in this group, users will be unable to post, send PMs or email other users, or make any changes to their accounts. Once the spammers have given up the ghost, we can delete the spam accounts and move any legitimate users affected by CM to regular membergroups.

    The reason I opted for my Countermeasures promotion system over just barring access or stopping all posts is because Countermeasures wont affect any user with more than 3 posts and wont affect anyone of the Black Ops membergroup period. That way life can continue as usual while moderators, admins, and whatever the hell I am battle the spammers.

    <3
  4. Blaqk
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    Blaqk NOTD Staff: Bugs, Pugs, and Scruggs

    Forgot to mention, while Countermeasures is in effect, before deleting accounts let me have a look at the list of spambots. I can then add usernames and keywords to a blacklist that will prevent them from being registered (currently this list includes *porn*, *iphone*, etc with the * representing wildcards) and can submit emails and IPs to the people who monitor the anti-spam check we use.

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