Status: fully resolved

    Spam

    Issue Number:
    230
    Severity:
    Minor
    Description:
    Edited: spam- spammer deleted.
    Comments:

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    May 6, 2016 - 8:24pm
    Spam alert

    http://starfrontiers.us/node/9274
    Joe Cabadas

    jedion357's picture
    jedion357
    May 9, 2016 - 8:44am
    Resolved, sathar agent has been terminated with extreme prejudice.
    I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    May 13, 2016 - 10:25pm
    Possible sathar agent: http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9281
    Joe Cabadas

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    May 13, 2016 - 10:27pm
    Same agent, different post: http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9282
    Joe Cabadas

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    July 5, 2016 - 9:35am
    Spam: http://starfrontiers.us/node/9386
    Joe Cabadas

    ChrisDonovan's picture
    ChrisDonovan
    July 5, 2016 - 9:43am
    Why do people keep spamming here?  There's so little traffic for the effort.

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    July 5, 2016 - 10:03am
    ChrisDonovan wrote:
    Why do people keep spamming here?  There's so little traffic for the effort.


    I don't know. It seems like the same person.

    Anyway, another Sathar agent: http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9387
    Joe Cabadas

    Shadow Shack's picture
    Shadow Shack
    July 10, 2016 - 9:55pm
    ChrisDonovan wrote:
    Why do people keep spamming here?  There's so little traffic for the effort.

    As I said elsewhere...and it's not solely picking on the guy that responded at said elsewhere as the problem started much earlier...but here's the issue:


    You definitely don't want to respond to spam. See, what happens is this: one method that spammers make money by is selling info to other spammers concerning what locales are active. In other words, if a spammer posts his spam and gets a hit or two, he knows he has found an active site and sells this info to other spammers. Result? More spam from other spammers. Following is a copy/cut/paste of a FAQ I have posted on one of the forums I moderate:

    Why shouldn't I reply to spam?

    Because every account that posts spam clicks that little "subscribe to this thread" toggle. As soon as something is posted in it, the spamming begins in earnest. While we delete a lot of spam, there's an interesting trend: When I check the ISP of a spammer, I find that there are thousands of different ISPs, and after a good night's spamming, we might get thirty posts from thirty ISPs. After just ONE thread is replied to, we get sixty or so, over half of which are from the same ISP. Guess which one?

    If you said "whatever ISP is the same as the one in the thread that was replied to," you are correct. Not only does replying to a spam post or spammed thread increase our workload, it rewards you with more spam.

    Aren't you guys using Captcha?

    Yes we are. Against my better judgement, when we moved to the new software, I caved in to all the crybabies who were so morally outraged by our previous (and I might mention 100-percent spam proof) protections. Every time I turned around, someone was crying "I don't want to wait a week to post a link! I don't want to wait five whole days to post a picture! I want my everything now!" ---
    all of which was constantly being exacerbated by a few people who always chimed in with "Yeah; this is the only board I've ever been on that makes you do this. Everyone else uses Captcha..."

    I try to be a nice guy, so instead of continuing on with my usual "we do this because Captcha sucks" policies, I figured "hey, new look...new features - why not give them what they want?" Granted, what they want was a crappy defense and a board full of spam, but hey: we went with Captcha.

    Guess what?

    IT STILL SUCKS!

    Why do you dislike captcha?

    Well, apart from the extremely obvious, it doesn't work against live spammers. Yep, that's what we get hit by: live spammers. No, no one in the west would do this for a living, but in places were three bucks a week will keep a roof over your head, you'd better believe this has become something of a cottage industry: use robots to find forums and shoot links to live people to get past the captchas. Subscribe to the threads and turn it back over to the robots who wait patiently for a hit.

    You don't even have to speak the same language: "e-mail address" looks pretty much the same in all languages, and simply match the Captcha to the little shapes on your keyboard, and boom-- you're a spamming machine.

    What can we do to help?

    Don't reply to any thread with spam in it. Report it instead and let a moderator take it from there.
    No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

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    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    September 8, 2016 - 2:04pm
    More spam http://starfrontiers.us/node/9504
    Joe Cabadas

    jedion357's picture
    jedion357
    September 9, 2016 - 2:48am
    JCab747 wrote:
    More spam http://starfrontiers.us/node/9504


    the post seems to be from Bill Logan but its completely out of character. I've sent him an email as the situation may be that he's been hacked. Normally I delete spam immediately but I'll leave this one alone for a bit to give him a chance to check it out.
    I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

    TerlObar's picture
    TerlObar
    September 9, 2016 - 6:43pm
    It's not from Bill.  I actually deleted the actual spam post.  Whenever you try to go to a post that doesn't exist you get that page for some reason.
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    Shadow Shack's picture
    Shadow Shack
    September 9, 2016 - 6:59pm
    "Bill Logan's Revenge!"

    There's a good plot hook here somewhere...
    No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

    My SF website

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    December 6, 2016 - 4:08pm
    Take a look at the last comment on this discussion: http://starfrontiers.us/node/9567

    It looks spammy.
    Joe Cabadas

    Shadow Shack's picture
    Shadow Shack
    December 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
    Wanna know what peeves me the most about spammers here? 

    I've been a member here for over nine years and every spammer & their mother that joins this site can post links while I 
    CAN'T !!!  Wink
    No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

    My SF website

    jedion357's picture
    jedion357
    December 16, 2016 - 8:16am
    JCab747 wrote:
    Take a look at the last comment on this discussion: http://starfrontiers.us/node/9567

    It looks spammy.


    Looked Chinese spammy in my opinion and dealt with.
    I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

    Shadow Shack's picture
    Shadow Shack
    March 28, 2017 - 9:10pm
    http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/8803#comment-45715

    Posted in a spam report thread no less. They're really getting bold...
    No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

    My SF website

    JCab747's picture
    JCab747
    July 25, 2017 - 8:45am
    Looks like we have a spammer:

    http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9826
    Joe Cabadas

    jedion357's picture
    jedion357
    July 26, 2017 - 7:47am
    JCab747 wrote:
    Looks like we have a spammer:

    http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9826


    Dealt with and deleted.
    I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!