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Title: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 11:53:48 AM
You regular forum users will notice we've had a recent deluge of spammers. I'm not sure why but I'm taking some measures to try and combat them. This involves some blacklisting functions which most likely won't affect actual human users. But, as with anything there are risks. So, if anyone has trouble or notices anything awry, please let me know via a PM or email (erik at rifftracks). Thanks!
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 13, 2011, 11:55:01 AM
You regular forum users will notice we've had a recent deluge of spammers. I'm not sure why but I'm taking some measures to try and combat them. This involves some blacklisting functions which most likely won't affect actual human users. But, as with anything there are risks. So, if anyone has trouble or notices anything awry, please let me know via a PM or email (erik at rifftracks). Thanks!
Yeah, Catching all these spammers is taking me away from my vacation time!! @HOLES!!! :angry:
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 11:56:40 AM
Hehe.

RVR you reminded me. Many thanks to you and others (Compound, etc.) who have been diligent about reporting these guys. We still rely on you regulars to report spam, as we don't have a "dedicated forum admin" who is presiding over it all day. Notifying us at least gets eyes on it so we can block and now hopefully, blacklist as well.

So keep reporting them, and remember that if it looks like spam, it probably is! Don't reply, report!

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 13, 2011, 11:58:50 AM
Hehe.

RVR you reminded me. Many thanks to you and others (Compound, etc.) who have been diligent about reporting these guys. We still rely on you regulars to report spam, as we don't have a "dedicated forum admin" who is presiding over it all day. Notifying us at least gets eyes on it so we can block and now hopefully, blacklist as well.

So keep reporting them, and remember that if it looks like spam, it probably is! Don't reply, report!

Thanks :)
Not a prob..

Now back to my regularly scheduled Tequila shots 8)
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Thrifty on June 13, 2011, 12:15:58 PM
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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Darth Geek on June 13, 2011, 12:20:29 PM
You regular forum users will notice we've had a recent deluge of spammers. I'm not sure why but I'm taking some measures to try and combat them. This involves some blacklisting functions which most likely won't affect actual human users. But, as with anything there are risks. So, if anyone has trouble or notices anything awry, please let me know via a PM or email (erik at rifftracks). Thanks!
Good. Glad you are being proactive (to an extent) on that.

Any chance once you do get something that helps here, you could, say, give Hor-Riff-ic Productions some pointers on how to prevent forum spammers? Just askin'...


 :clap: :clap: Nice one, Thrifty.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 13, 2011, 02:19:27 PM
i do like how you guys take such care to keep this place well regulated.  keep it up. 
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 13, 2011, 02:35:07 PM
i do like how you guys take such care to keep this place well regulated.  keep it up. 
Don't you start spamming it up here with your once #1 amount of posts! :o ;D
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 13, 2011, 02:39:15 PM
i might be able be volunteering for a 365 to the desert if i can.  If i do and boredom will abound im sure and look out. 
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 13, 2011, 03:00:23 PM
i might be able be volunteering for a 365 to the desert if i can.  If i do and boredom will abound im sure and look out. 
:scared: :speechless:
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: stansimpson on June 13, 2011, 03:05:00 PM
So keep reporting them, and remember that if it looks like spam, it probably is! Don't reply, report!
Since I'm a late night/early morning lurker here, I've found my fair share. Do I just PM you, torgos?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Invader_quirk on June 13, 2011, 03:11:15 PM
If our forum gets any activity at all (which it doesn't, really), we get a flood of spambots. I've had to make it so new members must be approved. It's a pain in the kiester.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 03:16:46 PM
So keep reporting them, and remember that if it looks like spam, it probably is! Don't reply, report!
Since I'm a late night/early morning lurker here, I've found my fair share. Do I just PM you, torgos?

To report spam, hit the "Report" link in the body.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: stansimpson on June 13, 2011, 03:28:37 PM
So keep reporting them, and remember that if it looks like spam, it probably is! Don't reply, report!
Since I'm a late night/early morning lurker here, I've found my fair share. Do I just PM you, torgos?

To report spam, hit the "Report" link in the body.
Psssh. I guess if we hafta do it the easy way. I was hoping for something that involves fashioning a canoe out of a redwood like the good old days. Back when men were men and bacon was good for the bones.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Bob on June 13, 2011, 03:36:50 PM
Mr 71 Sheds, that was brilliant.

I think Hor-riff-ic has been sold to and east block nation as lots of russians post there ("In Soviet Russia, Spam eats you")
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 04:02:00 PM
Well I just installed a couple antispam extensions for the forum, so hopefully it will cut down on it a lot.

As always please continue to report spam to the mods and we'll take care of it.

If anyone wants to know what extensions I've enabled for use on your own forum, send me a PM.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: MrTorso on June 13, 2011, 04:07:23 PM
You should add some east coast mods to cover the time differences.

Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Henry88 on June 13, 2011, 04:08:26 PM
Quote
Any chance once you do get something that helps here, you could, say, give Hor-Riff-ic Productions some pointers on how to prevent forum spammers? Just askin'...

oh dear lord yes ,they need some  real help taking out all  that spam
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 04:10:50 PM
You should add some east coast mods to cover the time differences.



Tripe is East Coast, I believe. He usually gets to the spammers before I've even woken up :)
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: dignan on June 13, 2011, 04:19:15 PM
East Coast Mod was my favorite music style out of Norfolk and Suffolk counties in the 60's.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RoninFox on June 13, 2011, 04:27:58 PM
Fighting spammers in a forum seems like exterminating ants in a national park.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Bob on June 13, 2011, 05:05:13 PM
East Coast Mod was my favorite music style out of Norfolk and Suffolk counties in the 60's.

Damn you beat me to it......
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: mrbasehart on June 13, 2011, 05:10:31 PM
I'm much more East Coast than any of you guys.  :)
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 13, 2011, 05:11:11 PM
Fighting spammers in a forum seems like exterminating ants in a national park.

It pretty much is. Because we got a bunch of them with links to the actual forum in the posts, I think our site was listed in some spam db somewhere, hence the sudden influx. Luckily I have a few things enabled now, including a link harvester honey pot. Sort of makes my life easier.

Not to jinx it, either, but it looks like the 3 or so anti-spam modifications I installed are working! Huzzah!
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Henry88 on June 13, 2011, 06:23:14 PM
 i agree that we  need more mods from other parts of the country.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 13, 2011, 06:42:50 PM
I think Detroit is CST where Tripe is but close enough 8)
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: k1 on June 13, 2011, 06:56:37 PM
I think Detroit is CST where Tripe is but close enough 8)

Yeah I think you're correct on that one.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 13, 2011, 11:43:21 PM
id be happy to take the job, you know for the half of the year that AZ is off just slightly from west coast time. 
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Watchman on June 14, 2011, 02:42:17 AM
I don't remember, are there any security measures for new members to weed out the humans from the spambots? Like those CAPCHA(sp?) devices or a question that only a human and/or Rifftrax fan would know the answer to? I used to belong to a music forum where they beefed up registration security by adding a question like "What is the name of this band's debut album?"
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on June 14, 2011, 08:10:07 AM
I don't remember, are there any security measures for new members to weed out the humans from the spambots? Like those CAPCHA(sp?) devices or a question that only a human and/or Rifftrax fan would know the answer to? I used to belong to a music forum where they beefed up registration security by adding a question like "What is the name of this band's debut album?"


Yeah right now it's just a captcha, but those are easily beaten. I do like the more human ones that ask you to identify something from a lineup, or word problems, those are definitely deterrents. Not sure if there's something like that available for our version of the forum software, though. I looked and didn't see much but can check again - that would definitely help keep them from registering.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2011, 09:10:12 AM
I do like the more human ones that ask you to identify something from a lineup, or word problems, those are definitely deterrents.
Was Lord Humungus really the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla??
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2011, 09:26:44 AM
I do like the more human ones that ask you to identify something from a lineup, or word problems, those are definitely deterrents.
Was Lord Humungus really the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla??

Sid Milton.  Answer is...
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Thrifty on June 14, 2011, 09:34:29 AM
I don't remember, are there any security measures for new members to weed out the humans from the spambots? Like those CAPCHA(sp?) devices or a question that only a human and/or Rifftrax fan would know the answer to?

How did the captives on the Sattelite of Love eat and breathe?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2011, 09:35:38 AM
Can there really be only 1??
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Thrifty on June 14, 2011, 10:09:30 AM
How does Strong Bad type with boxing gloves on?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 14, 2011, 10:11:24 AM
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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2011, 10:31:26 AM
Enter these two words in the boxes provided, then use them in one sentence..

"Dayyum" and Mahtar"
Dayyum, Mahtar is as flat as a panecake! :rimshot:
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: goflyblind on June 14, 2011, 10:51:03 AM
do you really want to hurt me? do you really want to make me cry?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on June 14, 2011, 10:58:47 AM
Whats love got to do got to do with it?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2011, 11:14:29 AM
Enter the following letters in the box provided to prove you are indeed human and not a meat Popsicle..

"INAGOTTADAVITABABY"
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: skenderberg on June 14, 2011, 12:01:03 PM
I do like the more human ones that ask you to identify something from a lineup, or word problems, those are definitely deterrents.
Was Lord Humungus really the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla??

Sid Milton.  Answer is...
...little monkey boy.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 14, 2011, 12:03:34 PM
Congratulations.  You are a human.  Seriously, Green Arces had a pig that thought it was people, a chicken who took orders and a chimpanzee doing carpentry.  What a wacky show.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: TheUnabeefer on June 14, 2011, 10:43:38 PM
Bloody vikings.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: daltysmilth on March 01, 2012, 05:27:54 PM
Where have all the cowboys gone?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on March 01, 2012, 05:30:01 PM
I setup a feature on the registration page that forces you to answer 1 RiffTrax-specific question (Mike's last name, what's the movie with the Sparkly Vampire, etc.). Seems to have worked.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on March 01, 2012, 05:38:23 PM
I setup a feature on the registration page that forces you to answer 1 RiffTrax-specific question (Mike's last name, what's the movie with the Sparkly Vampire, etc.). Seems to have worked.
Awesome! I was on patrol there for a bit clicking Notify every few minutes it seemed.. :o
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: k1 on March 01, 2012, 06:44:32 PM
Why you eyein' my lemon drink?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: David on December 27, 2013, 11:38:09 AM
Oh god it's happening again  :gouge:
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RVR II on December 27, 2013, 11:52:15 AM
Oh god it's happening again  :gouge:
Yeah I've been responding to a lot of it's posts because I was bored :P
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Bob on February 22, 2014, 01:37:46 PM
Bored?  Go mail me some booze
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on September 28, 2014, 11:07:56 AM
Might want to take a look at the newest members.  A lot of spambots have joined recently.  they haven't been activated yet, but they are obvious.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Satellite of Love on October 01, 2014, 11:37:21 AM
WHAT??

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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 11, 2014, 05:37:12 AM
At least they have a sense of irony.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Lembach on October 11, 2014, 02:45:18 PM
Dammit. You admins are too on-the-ball. In the time it took me to make my pic here, you guys removes its posts.   :angry:

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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 11, 2014, 02:59:24 PM
Hmmm, having a spambot post in the spammers thread that it hates spammers is just the kind of conflicting programing that caused HAL 9000 to go mad.....

We are all DOOMED!
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: MrTorso on October 11, 2014, 09:13:01 PM
Dammit. You admins are too on-the-ball. In the time it took me to make my pic here, you guys removes its posts.   :angry:

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 ;)


One of the other mods must have deleted him. I just banned him this morning because I wanted to leave his posts in place....
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Satellite of Love on October 13, 2014, 04:02:20 PM
Dammit. You admins are too on-the-ball. In the time it took me to make my pic here, you guys removes its posts.   :angry:

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 ;)

Pffft hahaha! I can't stop laughing at this picture, i'm sorry!

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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Darth Geek on October 14, 2014, 10:04:29 AM
Wow. A whole lotta spammers today.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: BathTub on October 14, 2014, 10:26:07 AM
Yeah definitely an uptick recently.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on October 14, 2014, 11:09:37 AM
Yeah definitely an uptick recently.

Yup.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: goflyblind on October 14, 2014, 11:31:50 AM
but how else will i be able to get a selection of air jordans?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on October 14, 2014, 02:12:49 PM
Don't worry, it's spam.  I'm sure other amazing offers will appear somewhere on the forum.  >:(
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: BathTub on October 14, 2014, 03:38:13 PM
Yeah I must have deleted 20 of those air jordan threads this morning, weird.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on October 14, 2014, 06:11:21 PM
Maybe we can riff the spam or something.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Darth Geek on December 25, 2014, 09:16:50 AM
Wow. Merry Spammas, I guess.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on December 25, 2014, 06:43:51 PM
I just enabled "Bad Behavior" which... I thought I'd had it enabled at one point but seems to have fallen through the cracks at some point. This should take care of a large majority of spammers, which seem to have been running rampant lately. Sorry about that.

We also need to switch servers, as the current shared host is just not up to standard anymore. Hope to handle that in the next week.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on December 25, 2014, 07:36:21 PM
No need to apologize, TV's Pizza.  The spammers are the sole problem.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Darth Geek on December 25, 2014, 08:18:34 PM
I just enabled "Bad Behavior" which... I thought I'd had it enabled at one point but seems to have fallen through the cracks at some point. This should take care of a large majority of spammers, which seem to have been running rampant lately. Sorry about that.

We also need to switch servers, as the current shared host is just not up to standard anymore. Hope to handle that in the next week.
While you're here, any update on the iRiff section?
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Miku Fan on December 25, 2014, 08:25:37 PM
I just enabled "Bad Behavior" which... I thought I'd had it enabled at one point but seems to have fallen through the cracks at some point. This should take care of a large majority of spammers, which seem to have been running rampant lately. Sorry about that.

We also need to switch servers, as the current shared host is just not up to standard anymore. Hope to handle that in the next week.
While you're here, any update on the iRiff section?

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Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: torgosPizza on January 03, 2015, 12:36:59 PM
I just enabled "Bad Behavior" which... I thought I'd had it enabled at one point but seems to have fallen through the cracks at some point. This should take care of a large majority of spammers, which seem to have been running rampant lately. Sorry about that.

We also need to switch servers, as the current shared host is just not up to standard anymore. Hope to handle that in the next week.
While you're here, any update on the iRiff section?

I'm planning on migrating the Riffing groups and the displays for iRiff products in the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: Darth Geek on January 03, 2015, 02:04:59 PM
^^LIKE
Title: Re: Spammers
Post by: RoninFox on April 12, 2017, 06:52:25 AM
Dude thinks the subject line is an invitation.