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Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:38 pm

We seem to be having a slew of Bots lately. The Cane Hammer has been swinging more than usual, and my joints are starting to hurt.

I'm going to sticky this thread, so please if you see anymore before I do, leave a post here and I'll get notified and take them down.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:05 am

Everyone knows "Pops and Junior = #Ratings"
Everyone knows "Cazzik and Mir = #Wynning"
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Pryde » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:52 am

I had forgotten about that thread. Funny it should get "revived" by a bot. :P
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Cadden » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:26 pm

You have a right to remain silent... I hope to God you use it.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:03 am

Everyone knows "Pops and Junior = #Ratings"
Everyone knows "Cazzik and Mir = #Wynning"
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Cadden » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:43 am

Done.
You have a right to remain silent... I hope to God you use it.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:35 am

Everyone knows "Pops and Junior = #Ratings"
Everyone knows "Cazzik and Mir = #Wynning"
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:29 am

Everyone knows "Pops and Junior = #Ratings"
Everyone knows "Cazzik and Mir = #Wynning"
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:41 am

Taken care of. :)
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:53 am

Two Spammers in two days. Seems to be a resurgence of them lately. Reply here if you see one, and I'll take care of it.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:35 am

Everyone knows "Pops and Junior = #Ratings"
Everyone knows "Cazzik and Mir = #Wynning"
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Pryde » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:42 am

Those are probably the most positive bots I've ever seen. I kind of want to take both of those posts and put them on one of those positive reinforcement poster things. Especially the last one.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:17 pm

The Gleason one, I took care of a while back. Lizie, while so positive, is now positively gone. *smirk*
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:53 am

We need a bunch taken care of in the MBT and the Gen OOC.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:08 pm

Sorry for the delay. Internet was on the fritz. Should be all taken care of now.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:10 am

Much obliged, abuelo.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:58 pm

I just added reCAPTCHA to the forum. Hopefully that will help keep the bots away.

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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:34 am

NICE! I've been banhammering an average of 2 a week for quite a while now. Thanks...and good to see you...Goober!
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:31 am

Ugh, I can't tell if it's better or worse. I saw two spam posts this morning.

Another thing we could do is restrict the boards that new users can post to. That would make it easy to spot the bots but slightly inconvenient for legitimate users. Definitely more work for the moderators. But I'm not sure how to keep the bots away, other than that.

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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:00 am

Okay, I also installed the Akismet anti-spam plugin, and set it to add potential spammers to the "Newly registered users" group by default. That will prevent them from posting without moderation -- but it should also prevent those posts from going through as Akismet has a large database of potential spam to match against.

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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:18 am

Is there a way to make it where anyone signing up must be approved by the Mods before they can post anything/anywhere?
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:50 am

Yes, we can make it so that the first post always go to the moderator queue and then you can manually approve. Subsequent posts will be allowed. We can even make that number > 1 so that the first n posts must be approved.

It does look like Akismet did its job so maybe this is OK for now. I see one comment in the moderator queue. Unfortunately it does _seem_ that more bots are making it through the registration now with the reCAPTCHA (I figured it would be better...I guess not!) I'm going to try out the Q&A check instead and see if that works better.

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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Mir » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:36 am

We're down so many people that I don't think restricting new users will be that much of an issue.
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:42 am

So far not a single user has registered since I enabled the Q&A, and the Akismet plugin stopped the only other bot that registered before I made the change. Hopefully I didn't make the Q&A too difficult, but I think it's pretty easy! Hopefully that'll be the end of the bots.. If not, I'll turn on the post restriction feature.

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Re: Damn Bots

Post by Nichalus » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:54 pm

Thank you Goob! My Banhammer will need to be replaced, its kinda wore down and I can't seem to get all the blood off of it. Can I file that as a job related expense, or will the SWE Admins furnish a new one? *smirk*
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Re: Damn Bots

Post by goober » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:59 pm

Haha, let's hope you don't need a new one but if you do you can submit the expense to Neuge! Maybe that'll get him to answer my emails... :rolleyes:

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