mersenneforum.org  

Go Back   mersenneforum.org > Other Stuff > Forum Feedback

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 2004-10-24, 01:32   #1
Prime Monster
 
Prime Monster's Avatar
 
Aug 2002

22·5·13 Posts
Angry To the idiot that posts spam here

Hi whatever your name is,

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

Quote:
Dear Sirs,

I am a moderator on a public forum dedicated to The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) http://www.mersenneforum.org/ .

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 http://buy-levitra.freeservers.com/.

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 !!!

PM
Prime Monster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-24, 01:50   #2
PrimeCruncher
 
PrimeCruncher's Avatar
 
Sep 2003
Borg HQ, Delta Quadrant

2·33·13 Posts
Default

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!

Ahhh. That felt good.
PrimeCruncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-24, 21:20   #3
Matthias C. Noc
 
Matthias C. Noc's Avatar
 
Dec 2003

1816 Posts
Default

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.
Matthias C. Noc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-24, 22:16   #4
Maybeso
 
Maybeso's Avatar
 
Aug 2002
Portland, OR USA

27410 Posts
Default

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

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?
They could at least do us the courtesy of registering before spamming us
Maybeso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-24, 23:00   #5
Prime Monster
 
Prime Monster's Avatar
 
Aug 2002

1000001002 Posts
Default

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 :-(

PM
Prime Monster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-25, 02:19   #6
Xyzzy
 
Xyzzy's Avatar
 
"Mike"
Aug 2002

22×3×643 Posts
Default

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:

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/
Xyzzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-25, 20:20   #7
delta_t
 
delta_t's Avatar
 
Nov 2002
Anchorage, AK

16516 Posts
Default

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

Last fiddled with by delta_t on 2004-10-25 at 20:20
delta_t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-25, 21:08   #8
Xyzzy
 
Xyzzy's Avatar
 
"Mike"
Aug 2002

22·3·643 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by delta_t
You could always ban the IP address at the firewall level.
We don't have that kind of access. The forums are hosted remotely and we just lease a small part of the hardware.
Xyzzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-28, 23:40   #9
PrimeCruncher
 
PrimeCruncher's Avatar
 
Sep 2003
Borg HQ, Delta Quadrant

2×33×13 Posts
Default

*cracks up*


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

PrimeCruncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-29, 01:09   #10
jinydu
 
jinydu's Avatar
 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48

2×3×293 Posts
Default

Really? Where?
jinydu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2004-10-29, 01:18   #11
PrimeCruncher
 
PrimeCruncher's Avatar
 
Sep 2003
Borg HQ, Delta Quadrant

12768 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinydu
Really? Where?
Right here, but Prime Monster deleted it.
PrimeCruncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Idiot's musings on interstellar travel and wormholes jasong Science & Technology 8 2012-02-15 17:06
Newest idea of an idiot science_man_88 Miscellaneous Math 33 2010-04-21 16:33
Ton of spam posts jasonp Forum Feedback 9 2009-07-19 17:35
Question about spam posts schickel Forum Feedback 27 2009-04-10 08:30
Spam davieddy Forum Feedback 4 2007-03-19 03:55

All times are UTC. The time now is 14:44.

Fri Oct 30 14:44:57 UTC 2020 up 50 days, 11:55, 1 user, load averages: 1.52, 1.82, 1.92

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum has received and complied with 0 (zero) government requests for information.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
A copy of the license is included in the FAQ.