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Old 07-08-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Morsul the Dark has been trapped in the Barrow!
How do we stop them?

for unknown reasons there has been a surge in "New" Members trying to sell stuff on our sacred area....how do we stop them?
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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Yeah, I've noticed that too. I guess all we can do is click the "report post" icon on the bottom of each post, and let the admins delete the thread and/or user. Not much you can do to keep them out without also shutting out potential new sincere members. I wish there was, but I can't imagine anything.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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If you report spammers, we will delete their posts/threads and ban them as quickly as we can.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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alatar is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.alatar is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.
Note that mods can ban a spammer as soon as it is spotted, but it may take a little time for the admins to remove the post. I try to bury the spam thread by posting to another thread in the same section so at least it's not visible on the main page.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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Note that mods can ban a spammer as soon as it is spotted, but it may take a little time for the admins to remove the post. I try to bury the spam thread by posting to another thread in the same section so at least it's not visible on the main page.
Not a bad Idea

also thank you to Mithaden for his quick response!
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:04 AM   #6
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Estelyn Telcontar is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.Estelyn Telcontar is battling Black Riders on Weathertop.
We already have the built-in anti-spam barrier when registering, but apparently spam bots get more sophisticated all the time. Don't worry; there are always mods and admins looking in throughout the day, though not constantly, depending on the time zones. We get rid of spammers ASAP.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:23 AM   #7
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Perhaps we can construct a Downer spambot that automatically goes to the spammer's site, but does nothing but offer Tolkien quotes in Chinese.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:30 PM   #8
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I don't think it's possible to forestall their appearances. All the admins and mods can do is act on them once they tip their hand.
On a related note, I've seen a spate of spammer-looking new user names in the past couple of days- two randomish personal names coupled with a number.

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:54 PM   #9
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The also target OLD threads
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #10
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That is true.

I would like to state here that I am going to become more creative when I report them. Instead of just saying It is a spam bot or something along the lines of that, I will say something more like help help the spam bot is coming help. I might also try and stick a crying smiley thing in there. I would just like to let everyone know.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:16 AM   #11
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Galadriel55 is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.Galadriel55 is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.Galadriel55 is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.
This guy looks familiar. I'm sure this is not his first time here!

Is this some spammer attack? Today I neg-repped a tirade for two of them that posted and there are more of them lurking.... And they are not even trying to look intelligent!
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:03 AM   #12
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I suppose we will get more even may be as the hobbit hype increases. It is frustrating when you see people registering which you are 99.9% sure are spammers but you can't do anything until they actually post.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #13
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It is frustrating when you see people registering which you are 99.9% sure are spammers but you can't do anything until they actually post.
Seconded!!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:50 PM   #14
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I sometimes wonder how they remember their usernames. Most of them wait a few days after joining before they post.

It would drive me nuts if I had to type cug56UFj04k or something of that sort every time I log in... But most of them only log in once.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:47 PM   #15
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It's frustrating, even as a mod, that you have to wait for the spammer's first post to infractionate them into banhood.

Then when it finally does, Aiwendil beats me to it.
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