Spammers invading the forum.
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25 May 2017 07:18 PM
Been noticing spamers adverting for all sorts of crap on the forums recently.  And the frequency and volume of their posts is rising.

Likely, many of these are automated sign-ups.

There any possibility of adding a captcha or similar form of multi-factor authentication to the sign-up process?

You may want to also do a manual review of your user list for the last couple months.  Just to see:

A) When this behavior started.
B) So you can cull bogus users.  Especially "sleeper" accounts where they sign up multiple times and leave several of them alone for now.  Making it harder to differentiate them until they strike again.
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07 Jun 2017 02:19 AM
GBT Informational: MODERATOR7 is autobot setup to run several times each day. Notice of identified anonymous spammer and troll only made when they post or if any subsequent post within 24 hours. MODERATOR7 terminates if MODERATOR7 account terminated or identified anonymous spammer or troll account terminated. MODERATOR7 self terminates 30 days after last identified anonymous spammer or troll post.
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07 Jun 2017 06:04 PM
Uh huh.

This is why you're a brand new account as of 06/04/2017

Because this board hasn't had ANY spammer problems in the last 7 years until now...
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07 Jun 2017 08:11 PM
The SPAM rate on this site (and other web forums) seem to have spiked considerably in the past 6-12 months, probably due to cleverer more sophisticated spam bots.

The log-in and account creation on this site aren't exactly the stuff of web-security dreams, eh? Many are indeed now resorting to CAPTCHA codes at log-in (as you recommended), which reduces (but doesn't completely eliminate) the problem.
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08 Jun 2017 04:04 PM
Yeah and so has the successful rate of PC ransom hostage and hacking of country elections... CAPTCHA would help with spammers but not with libelous screw balls like Parahomes. GBT owers need to get some IT folks engaged to use his IP info to obtain his name and address and make that available to the people he libeled so they have option of suing him for the slanderous false statements he made that damages their personal or corporate reputation. That’s one of reasons why the internet data laws were recently changed and us attorneys are now looking to use it to gain restitution from damaged parties. Either that or GBT will eventually get sued for fostering this.
CONservative: The first three letters are all you need to know to fully understand this Republican.

Racist: A person who believes their race is superior to another race.

Religion: The deception of suckers who fear nonexistence to believe in a nonexistent supreme being and to adhere to false doctrine to control and exploit them.

Republican: A greedy, racist, sexist person who skillfully uses deception, hate, fear and religion to control and exploit suckers to gain personal wealth and power to benefit themselves while using government to limit the freedoms, safety and pursuit of happiness of others.

Sexist: A person who assaults, discriminates, intimidates or stereotypes the opposite sex.

Sucker: A weak minded person who has been brain washed and who usually lacks education and critical thinking skills allowing them to be easily deceived. Watch...Don't Be a Sucker!

Trumpian: A narcissistic and skilled con artist Republican who is highly attractive to suckers and uses Fascist and Nazi tactics and commits traitorous acts to undermine democracy to gain personal wealth and power.
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11 Aug 2017 01:55 AM
Did anyone actually flag the spam for the moderators?
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11 Aug 2017 02:14 AM
Yeah. It's not stopping.
Nothing's being removed as far as I can see.
No steps are being taken to lock down the sign up process.

Not certain, but pretty sure this forum's flying along on autopilot/maintenance.
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11 Aug 2017 02:47 PM
I can't help but wonder how you know about 7 years of board history with a brand new account.
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12 Aug 2017 12:24 PM
Because I wasn't commenting on 7 years of board history.

I was commenting on general lack of response from the board owners in the last 5 months that I've been here.
And, in line with my experience with various internet forums over the last 25 years, this one exhibits the typical signs of being on maintenance.

If you want to be angry with a mere observation, that's on you.
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12 Aug 2017 01:10 PM
"Because this board hasn't had ANY spammer problems in the last 7 years until now..."
"Because I wasn't commenting on 7 years of board history. "

Aren't both of these your comments?
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12 Aug 2017 07:03 PM
Posted By ICFHybrid on 12 Aug 2017 01:10 PM
"Because this board hasn't had ANY spammer problems in the last 7 years until now..."
"Because I wasn't commenting on 7 years of board history. "

Aren't both of these your comments?

The first was me mocking the Moderator7 fake mod account.
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18 Aug 2017 07:43 PM
Well Moderator7 drove off Para Hosebag and it looks like GBT finally flushed the spammers too...
CONservative: The first three letters are all you need to know to fully understand this Republican.

Racist: A person who believes their race is superior to another race.

Religion: The deception of suckers who fear nonexistence to believe in a nonexistent supreme being and to adhere to false doctrine to control and exploit them.

Republican: A greedy, racist, sexist person who skillfully uses deception, hate, fear and religion to control and exploit suckers to gain personal wealth and power to benefit themselves while using government to limit the freedoms, safety and pursuit of happiness of others.

Sexist: A person who assaults, discriminates, intimidates or stereotypes the opposite sex.

Sucker: A weak minded person who has been brain washed and who usually lacks education and critical thinking skills allowing them to be easily deceived. Watch...Don't Be a Sucker!

Trumpian: A narcissistic and skilled con artist Republican who is highly attractive to suckers and uses Fascist and Nazi tactics and commits traitorous acts to undermine democracy to gain personal wealth and power.
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