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EspressoLover


Total Posts: 467
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Posted: 2019-09-01 19:34
Saw an interesting suggestion on HN about dealing with spambots.

You just add a hidden "link" or "URL" field to the message page. If the field is non-empty, then just send the post to /dev/null. It won't affect humans, because the field's hidden in the HTML. But most spam bots will just blindly spam their campaign links in any relevant field. Best of all, the change can be made with nothing more than a few lines of PHP with no external service dependency.

A lot of the HN posters said that if you're running a mid-sized web forum, the trick stops 90%+ of spam.

Good questions outrank easy answers. -Paul Samuelson

Jurassic


Total Posts: 398
Joined: Mar 2018
 
Posted: 2019-09-01 19:41
who can implement this?

contango_and_cash


Total Posts: 132
Joined: Sep 2015
 
Posted: 2019-09-03 17:23
Why don't we just make signing up recommendation based?

I am happy to help be a mod. Require a linkedin profile or some validation and a human goes in and approves or denies membership.

I think enough of us respect and appreciate this (FREE) forum to put in a few minutes here and there.

zee4


Total Posts: 85
Joined: May 2010
 
Posted: 2019-09-04 01:53
There have been numerous suggestions and potential solutions to keep this place clean. It looks like there is no interest from the other side.

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contango_and_cash


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Joined: Sep 2015
 
Posted: 2019-09-04 19:37
But who is on the other side here?

nikol


Total Posts: 1321
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Posted: 2020-01-12 10:56
Why not purging threads with zero response after X days.
Maybe additional conditions:
- negative score
- author is fresh

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

chiral3
Founding Member

Total Posts: 5200
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Posted: 2020-01-12 11:46
People are just too busy. As you can tell, there's some functionality to ban sock puppet accounts, but it's manual and requires some policing. Was fine 10 years ago, but not perfect today.

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goldorak


Total Posts: 1091
Joined: Nov 2004
 
Posted: 2020-01-12 17:14
> Require a linkedin

Because you think this stupid website that has been sending spam to people for years is a reference? I tend to automatically discard CV from people with a linkedin profile.


If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space.

JTDerp


Total Posts: 75
Joined: Nov 2013
 
Posted: 2020-01-13 03:06
> I tend to automatically discard CV from people with a linkedin profile.

This is refreshing...I mean that in a totally non-sarcastic way
Cool

"How dreadful...to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules." - C.S.

nikol


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Posted: 2020-07-17 12:05
Fresh news: "NP is attacked by drones. Populus is perplexed".

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

shirleyjonesz711
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Joined: Jul 2020
 
Posted: 2020-07-21 10:31
I have experienced Spamming also the time when I download games from an untrusted site. Good thing, someone recommended me an unblocked website where I can download games that are available on google which makes it more accesible and convenient. You can find popular games on that platform like mobile legends and forge of empire. You should check it out if you have time.

agentq


Total Posts: 40
Joined: Jul 2008
 
Posted: 2020-07-28 03:57
Sometimes I wonder if Jurassic is some bot regurgitating stackexchange/quora questions. Or in high school.

nikol


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Posted: 2020-08-02 22:27
I wondered too, but perhaps it's just an avatar of stackexchange/Permian with motto:
"I love it when people upvote my questions and answers"
Quite human

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

steamed_hams


Total Posts: 7
Joined: Jun 2020
 
Posted: 2020-11-06 11:45
I'd be interested to help in some way if at all possible, either modding manually or writing some code if that'd be helpful. This bot wave is rather saddening...

pj


Total Posts: 3601
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Posted: 2020-11-17 09:07
Ser Ilyn Payne/You know who you are
what are you using these days?
Catnip?

It is a f***g disgrace.
When there is zillions ways to solve the problem and a
few volunteers to mod the bloody forum.

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

nikol


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Posted: 2020-11-17 09:20
"Off-topic" with discussions about covid and slow quarrel with crazy quasi-scientist - these are hot spots of NP
))

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

nikol


Total Posts: 1321
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Posted: 2021-02-16 10:04
It would be cool if spam topics init'ed by banned personages (and marked red?) were purged or relocated into "Trashcan" (perhaps easier).
Difficult to find something especially in "General" branch. ~90% of topics at first 2 pages is spam.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

pj


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Posted: 2021-02-23 11:14
>Ser Ilyn Payne/You know who you are
>what are you using these days?
>Catnip?
>
>It is a f***g disgrace.
>When there is zillions ways to solve the problem and a
>few volunteers to mod the bloody forum.

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Henry L. Mencken

Its Grisha


Total Posts: 67
Joined: Nov 2019
 
Posted: 2021-02-23 20:30
I would happily spend a day stumbling through this source code to implement the fix described here...

nikol


Total Posts: 1321
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Posted: 2021-02-25 11:46
Waw! Local spambots started to speak Dutch. We can reasonably expect more in Russian, Chinese, maybe Sami or Swahili, who knows.
NP gets a fame as an international spam-trash.. :))
PS. I was always fascinated by Klingons.


... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)
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