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Nonius
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Total Posts: 12805
Joined: Mar 2004
 
Posted: 2021-10-12 03:18
nuked a few of these cunts but they spawn like cockroaches....

maybe an idea to clean it up is nuke everyone after a certain userid and if anyone is real they can ask for re-admission.

Chiral is Tyler Durden

nikol


Total Posts: 1385
Joined: Jun 2005
 
Posted: 2021-10-12 10:01
Give a novice the right to post 1 time a day. If it survives after a month or so, turn it real, if not - delete.
PS. add another constraint:
- after a month account should have ~20 messages of no nonsense quality. Let them work.
- All these cockroaches are "sleeping" for years (zero messages), so i would suggest to purge all such accounts (retain all green cockroaches ))). After all NP is open to everyone, all real but silent watchers can have free access anyway.

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

HankScorpio


Total Posts: 483
Joined: Mar 2007
 
Posted: 2021-10-14 02:46
I like Nonius' idea.

- Place site in ... ahem ... lockdown (no new accounts can be created) until we figure this out.
- Nuke the phuckers that have registered in the last few years or so, removing messages as well. The needs of the many outweigh ...
- Add an "are you human" challenge when posting. Although I am not sure how many of the offenders are bots. They just behave like bots.

nikol


Total Posts: 1385
Joined: Jun 2005
 
Posted: 2021-10-14 04:59
Every bot knows how to answer question "are you human?" )

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

HankScorpio


Total Posts: 483
Joined: Mar 2007
 
Posted: 2021-10-16 01:29
@nikol "challenge" not "question"

agentq


Total Posts: 41
Joined: Jul 2008
 
Posted: 2021-10-21 03:14
Phew, I hadn't logged on in a few months ... I support a nuclear option :)

silverside


Total Posts: 1447
Joined: Jun 2004
 
Posted: 2021-10-21 08:29
would an off the shelf solution ("identify the squares containing traffic lights" type Captcha) work, as a filter on new posts ?

then extra attention could be paid to anyone who signed up within the last 2 years or so.

To avoid the site becoming extremely frustrating for long time posters, perhaps they could be excluded from the Captcha based on tenure or number of posts.

JTDerp


Total Posts: 85
Joined: Nov 2013
 
Posted: 2021-10-23 17:23
If the back-end platform of this site is too old to implement Captcha like silverside suggested, then could the phorums be 'firewalled' behind prerequisite login on a Wordpress/Drupal/other platform?

Clearly I'm not a web dev/admin, just trying to think Occams Razor-ish, short of a total ground-up rebuild. This spam stuff is beyond wack, and the value of the regular members here is too high to let their discussions get buried in the weeds of some Bangladeshi bot farm.

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

quantie


Total Posts: 909
Joined: Jun 2004
 
Posted: 2021-10-24 02:53
I think purging all users over the last two years is probably an easy fix along with captcha.

Not sure if fdax is checking the forum often.. Nonius can you give him a buzz.
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