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biobee
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: New anti-spammer rules Reply with quote

From now on, anyone failing to enter their details as requested in the sign-up form within 24 hours - particularly as regards their location - will have their account deleted.

This may sound draconian, but I spend far too much time dealing with spammers, and the lack of a valid location, or the use of only a country name, is a common feature.

If you find that your account has been deleted in error, please email me using the contact form.
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must say I find it very frustrating how many genuine members don't follow the rules of entering their location when they join when it shouts at you in capital letters that the info is required. I feel stroppy asking people to post that information on their profile in my welcome post to them but I really resent the fact they haven't done it in the first place.

I think it is fair game to try this approach as I'm spending more and more time deleting spam threads at the moment, as I'm sure the other moderators are.
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J Smith
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good positive step I think most honest members will agree with. Anything you can do to help ease the workload of moderators and make things a little easier for admin gets a big thumbs up from me. Very Happy

You could also think about a 24hr "no post" period for new members. Gives mod's and admin a chance to check real profiles versus spammers profiles before the spammers get a chance to fill the board with their rubbish.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J Smith wrote:

You could also think about a 24hr "no post" period for new members. Gives mod's and admin a chance to check real profiles versus spammers profiles before the spammers get a chance to fill the board with their rubbish.


That's not possible with the current software, but new members have to make 5 posts before they can include a URL. So if you spot someone making several pointless 'I agree' type posts, that is often an early warning.

Likewise, anyone who posts their location as 'England', 'UK' or 'USA' usually turns out to be a spammer. Everyone so far posting from China has been a spammer...
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