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Prime Monster 2004-10-24 01:32

To the idiot that posts spam here
Hi whatever your name is, :rant:

I am sick and tired of deleting your useless posts, and so have sent a complaint to the directors of the company that makes the drugs that you advertise

Dear Sirs,

I am a moderator on a public forum dedicated to The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) [url][/url] .

During the last day one of "your" idiotic representatives (or dealers) have spammed the website with an enourmous amount of absolute useless posts linking to the website [url][/url].

I suggest you call them and stop this rather annoying behaviour as soon as possible, or even better take their dealership off the perpetrators.

Kind regards

PS: I sincerely hope that it hurts the business that you are spamming for !!!


PrimeCruncher 2004-10-24 01:50

Given the frequency with which the spam was posted, I tend to believe it was automated and the spammers will never see this thread. But it does feel good to vent so...

GO AWAY YOU IDIOT SPAMMERS! :furious: :rant:

Ahhh. That felt good.

Matthias C. Noc 2004-10-24 21:20

Some VBulletin Forums in the english-speaking world are currently under attack by this and at least one other bot, but it might be a group of silly teenager too, as the list of hit-words is not known yet.

Maybeso 2004-10-24 22:16

:bow: Props to Prime Monster for cleaning up the forum so well. :bow:

I started catching up on reading new posts yesterday afternoon, got interrupted, then finished just now, and I didn't see a single spam post - I didn't even know what this thread was about! Well done.

So, I take it when you delete a new post from an otherwise old thread, it drops back to being 'old'?

Could you or Mike ban the ip/host of the bot, or does it change?
It might be smart for the server to keep a rolling list of recent posters ip's, based on quantity. Then when something like this happens, you could ban them fast.

Hmm, perhaps a way to delete all posts from a single source? But that's harder to do with 'guest' posters, right?
:furious: They could at least do us the courtesy of registering before spamming us :wink:

Prime Monster 2004-10-24 23:00

You are right, they drop back again when I delete the spam. I've talked to Mike about it and he is looking into banning the offenders using IP addresses, the problem is the guest account.

I thought that by limiting the spammers to a few open threads I could contain them and make it less interesting. From my point of view it looks like real people, rather than bots.

I guess I have deleted something in the range of 150 to 200 entries so far :-(


Xyzzy 2004-10-25 02:19

We can't figure out how to ban by IP address, and the other ban form is for users who are registered.

We think locking the threads on page 2 and deeper is reasonable. Most of the threads in this section are quick questions and answers.

If someone wants to read the main vBulletin forums and figure out a fix, please do so:


delta_t 2004-10-25 20:20

You could always ban the IP address at the firewall level.

Xyzzy 2004-10-25 21:08

[QUOTE=delta_t]You could always ban the IP address at the firewall level.[/QUOTE]We don't have that kind of access. The forums are hosted remotely and we just lease a small part of the hardware.

PrimeCruncher 2004-10-28 23:40

*cracks up*
:lol: :lol: :lol:

The spam-posting idiot posted spam in the thread about the spam-posting idiot.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

jinydu 2004-10-29 01:09

Really? Where?

PrimeCruncher 2004-10-29 01:18

[QUOTE=jinydu]Really? Where?[/QUOTE]

Right here, but Prime Monster deleted it.

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