SPAM ALERT

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Shadow Shack
February 28, 2016 - 8:54pm
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9074
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Shadow Shack
March 6, 2016 - 1:15am
Another one: http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9092
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ChrisDonovan
March 6, 2016 - 1:21am
Yep.  It's BA-AAACK!

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TerlObar
March 6, 2016 - 7:44am
Taken care of.
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Shadow Shack
April 13, 2016 - 11:40pm
We have some more: 




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Shadow Shack
April 29, 2016 - 12:47am
We got a few more:

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9194

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9195

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9198
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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ChrisDonovan
April 29, 2016 - 3:53am
Should have looked here first. :)

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Shadow Shack
April 29, 2016 - 10:07pm
Yeah, 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
April 30, 2016 - 2:19pm
Shadow Shack wrote:
Yeah, 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:

...


Ah!
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
May 7, 2016 - 9:25am
Another one:

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9274
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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Tchklinxa
May 7, 2016 - 11:58am
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9161?#new

Spam 
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Shadow Shack
May 13, 2016 - 9:19pm
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9281

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9282
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
May 30, 2016 - 8:38pm
Spam alert:
http://starfrontiers.us/node/9338
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
July 5, 2016 - 8:21pm
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9387

http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9386
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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Shadow Shack
August 2, 2016 - 6:19am
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9440
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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TerlObar
August 8, 2016 - 7:47pm
And they're gone.
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JCab747
August 9, 2016 - 6:06am
More spam:
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9460?#new

Shouldn't spam be in a can?
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
August 14, 2016 - 7:37pm
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9472
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
August 23, 2016 - 7:50pm
http://starfrontiers.us/node/9489
Joe Cabadas

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jedion357
August 24, 2016 - 5:51am
JCab747 wrote:
http://starfrontiers.us/node/9489

Deleted even as you posted the alert. Although, he got off easy. If I had my preferences he would have gotten a blast from a sonic devastator at close range.
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JCab747
August 31, 2016 - 9:45pm
http://starfrontiers.us/node/9496?#new

Can we tell the spammers to at least make sense when they're posting something?
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
September 30, 2016 - 7:10pm

They're hitting active threads now, hopefully nobody responds to it. I'd lock the thread becuase they're subscribed to it, even if they get banned they'll know of activity and sell this site as "active" to other spammers and then we'll see the floodgates open.


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Shadow Shack
October 3, 2016 - 6:24pm
http://www.starfrontiers.us/user/29880/track

They're really getting creative now, actively participating in the conversations while dropping their bait along the way.
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Shadow Shack
July 25, 2017 - 6:47am
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9826
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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jedion357
July 26, 2017 - 7:43am
Shadow Shack wrote:
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9826


The Sathar agent has been dealt with.
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Shadow Shack
October 7, 2017 - 10:58am
http://www.starfrontiers.us/node/9500#new
No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

My SF website