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  1. #1
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    Default Please don't reply to spam.

    There has been a noticable increase in spamming here recently, it most often is in the form of posts in the Blogs section but also occasionally in the Forum.
    I remove two or three spam posts every day on average.

    If you see a spam post that I or any other moderator have not yet dealt with, please do not post a reply to the spam post.
    It makes the process of deleting the spam and banning the spammer more complicated and time consuming if there are also posts by legitimate members in the same thread.

    If the spam post is more than 8 hours old please use the "Report post" link (the little triangle with an exclamation mark in the "toolbar" at the bottom of the message). It sends a notification email to all the moderators.

    Thanks for your support
    Last edited by Dodger67; 01-26-2013 at 06:48 AM.
    Roger
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    FYI... I received some SPAM in my personal email account from a Sasha Boyd <sasha@va.gov.samhsa.net> relating to one of the posts I previously made.

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    I notice that the increase has started shortly after the revamping of the website, which first introduced the blog function (I think?). Something about the way that one is configured may make the website spammable...how do the spammers get themselves registered in the first place, I wonder? Maybe every new registration needs to be checked for legitimacy by an actual person? Sorry if all this is completely irrelevant, I am not a tech person, just throwing thoughts out there...

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    Filtering people's first posts is an option but I'm very reluctant to do so because it would cause delays for many legitimate first posts that really need fast, positive, supportive replies - just look through the "Newly diagnosed" section.

    Dealing with 4 or 5 spams in 24 hours is not too onerous, I can manage that fairly easily - as long as the spam has not been replied to
    Last edited by Dodger67; 01-27-2013 at 09:08 AM.
    Roger
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    That's true, the wait time until I was approved in another forum drove me crazy - particularly as the email with the activating link ended up in my junk folder and I couldn't find it! Sigh. So no easy solution here...

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    maybe we could ask a secret question that needs to be answered before rego can be completed.... it will have to be simple that pretty much everyone would know but may turn others away. eg. Initials for Spina Bifida are? Or name one type of SB.

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    A Captcha and/or a confirmation email would probably be the way to go if the spamming becomes unmanagable.
    Roger
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    But please keep in mind that some users aren't native speakers of English and some newly diagnosed people don't know anything about SB at all.
    And some people might make typos that would need to be considered.
    So a question could cause problems.

    E-Mail-confirmation is also a good thing but as Tigerle said sometimes such mails go right to the spam-folder.
    So this could be discouraging as well.

    Just a good Captcha is probably the best solution.
    There seem to be Captcha-Plugins for vbulletin.

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    I have emailed Barb (our webmaster) to look into the matter.
    She is however very busy so it may take a while for her to respond, so please bear with us.
    Roger
    Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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    Hi guys. We do have a human verification on for the actual registration process that is fairly easy because of the non english speaking issues. I am thinking it is the blogs too like you all mentioned. I need to go see what I can adjust to see if it helps
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