TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:12 am

Haven't heard from Michael unfortunately...

I'll be out of town this weekend. Hopefully I'll have the time to drop over and chuck out some stuff.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:47 pm

Checked in just before going to bed and ended up deleting over a hundred topics. I hope there won't be any other legitimate topics in the bunch.

Haven't heard back from Michael. He hasn't been on the forum since October.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Elrond » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:52 pm

Thanks. It was bad this afternoon.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:23 am

Spambots are pretty vile. Some of them have went past the stage of poor grammar and post a coherent line as a reaction to a topic.Later this post is altered to contain malicious links.

This often happens to topics that are years old. A good example was the kitchen remodeling topic, which was revived by one spamming user. Since it's not always easy to tell in advance if they are bots (or even a spamming human), I had locked this post to insure it couldn't be altered later to contain something evil.

But there's another way around it - and that's the signature that will appear on the bottom of every post. I can't remove that since that's an admin function only. Nor can I delete the user.

So I just deleted several newer posts to topics that I suspected were spam - at least there were links that were unsafe.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Elrond » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:44 am

I have a feeling the days of TAoM forums are numbered.... trying to go back and save the threads I care about.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Jonathan Green » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:05 am

Check out my Instagram account to see my art - :arrow: https://www.instagram.com/david_rodriguez_art/?hl=en

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:28 pm

Only if Michael pulls the plug, of course.
If you find old threads missing, from before last September when I started doing this, it's probably the move to PHPBB that caused it going missing.

Jonathan - nice find but since I'm a mod and the only admin is Michael, it's not applicable. Except for the banning and IP banning, but unfortunately the banning hasn't properly been implemented in PHPBB interface.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:14 am

Went to bed - everything okay. Woke up to find a spammer had added a new post to some 50 topics.
Banned his butt and chucked them all out, but unfortunately that has to happen manually. Took half an hour. :evil:

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:52 am

We've all received a letter (and you had a letter, and you had a letter, and you had a letter...) from a spammer in our PM inbox.

Please DO NOT CLICK THE LINK AND THROW IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY!

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by Elrond » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:38 am

Thank you!!! They're getting nastier.

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Re: TAoM Invasion of the Spambots

Post by BBP » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:26 pm

They were always nasty. I've reached the point where I'm doing this in my break time at work. Hope they don't get worried if they see I visit "the art of murder" regularly. :lol:

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