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  • #16
    Check this out. I knew this, but tonight I looked at the logs. If there's an approved account that posts what the new tool considers "spammy", it will flag it for review before posting it live. I looked in that queue tonight, found about a dozen msgs, and then deleted the posts from the queue - and then the accounts that made them.

    These were accounts created before the new tool went in, but that's cool this tool is helping out a lot. Even if someone would get through to post something, it seems to be stopping the actual posts, too.

    http://www.black-sabbath.com/images/moderation.png
    Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
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    "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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    • #17
      I'm even happier with this spam stuff. Check this out. The posts that do get through and posted get put into a queue. Till this point I was just outright deleting the users who posted them. Now, there's a new option I didn't see before where I can tell "Spam-O-Matic" to delete them (and more). Check this out - it's from the admin control panel.

      When the tool does its thing it does all this to the user and their posts/threads..

      Spam-O-Matic has performed the following actions:
      Selected user was removed
      User details were submitted to StopForumSpam
      User details were submitted to Akismet
      1 thread was removed permanently
      Users who have used the same IP address:
      IPs used to register:
      dounnyZooni - Registered Users
      Prughencebugh - Registered Users

      So not only were they removed from here, but their info was sent to the central database of people that it blocks. I like that. This tool is free, but man, I'm thinking of donating because of that. Very useful.
      Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
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      "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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      • #18
        It's awesome how well this is working now!

        Only one spammer has gotten through!

        Let's hope this will work well for a long time!

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        • #19
          Well, regarding "gotten through" - I suspect that account was already here before I started using this software.
          Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
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          "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Joe Siegler View Post
            Well, regarding "gotten through" - I suspect that account was already here before I started using this software.
            Ah...yes. That would make sense.

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            • #21
              Unbelievable how many spammers have been blocked.

              There is another one, by the name HarveyMarshall.
              "Without Black Sabbath there never would have been an Ozzy, and without Ozzy there never would have been a Black Sabbath"
              "If there ever was a band whose voice is so significant and distinct, that band is Black Sabbath and the voice is Ozzy Osbourne"
              ________________________________________OzzyIsDio_ (YoY)

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              • #22
                Originally posted by OzzyIsDio View Post
                Unbelievable how many spammers have been blocked.

                There is another one, by the name HarveyMarshall.
                Yup. I identified several in one of the threads around here. CourtneySmith is another. It seems that any new account with the first and last name of a person has been a spammer (ie: CourtneySmith). Love the improvement Joe. That spam nonsense was way out of hand. Thanks.
                Casting his shadow, weaving his spell, funny clothes, tinkling bell.

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                • #23
                  If you look at the number of blocked ones on the front page, the couple we've had to deal with is no big problem.

                  I don't think any solution will be 100% effective, but so far this is good.
                  Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
                  View my CD collection | View my movie collection | What I've been listening to

                  "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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                  • #24
                    There's another level I forgot to mention. If something gets through, and it's posted as spam, it goes into "pending", where you won't see it. I will. But you won't. Look at this screen dump. I set it up so you have to have "x" number of posts (I think i set it to 5) before it won't flag you. Most spammers post one or two posts and go away. This does mean if you're a new user and you post something with a link, it too will get sent to pending, but I think it's a small price to pay given the spam issues lately.

                    http://www.black-sabbath.com/images/spam.png
                    Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
                    View my CD collection | View my movie collection | What I've been listening to

                    "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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                    • #25
                      Site looks great Joe. Thanks again for all you do for us Sabbath fans. With the new spam filter we have a lot less "members".

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by led sabbath View Post
                        Site looks great Joe. Thanks again for all you do for us Sabbath fans. With the new spam filter we have a lot less "members".
                        Well, a month ago, I went back and did a purge, this was before we started getting really bad with spam here. Look at this email I sent to Damian the day I did this..

                        I just went through the user base and deleted any user that matches these parameters:

                        1) Has a user post count of zero

                        2) Hasn't logged on in 90 days

                        3) Is *NOT* a banned user - this way existing banned/spam accounts stay there and blocked

                        I have been notified a few times over the last two months about some guy whose site was delisted by Google due to excessive spam. He's been sending me users who have their signatures have his site in them. He was sending them to me one or two at a time.

                        So today, I got tired of piecemealing that, and searched the database for the string in question, which was "****************". That found like 150 or so users with that in their signature with a user post count of zero. One's profile page also shows the signature, so that's a spam loophole I need to close.

                        Anyways, vB didn't allow me to delete them in bulk, I had to do one by one, so after about a dozen of them, I said "Screw that", and decided to purge ANYONE with a user account of zero that hasn't logged on in awhile. I also put that in the spam filter so that nobody new can do that again.

                        I set the conditions as I listed above, and a search of the userbase found Fucking 18,152 users that met that criteria! Considering the ENTIRE user base no matter what the condition is totals 22,758? Holy shit that's a lot of inactive users. Either way I went ahead and did it. Some of these dead accounts go back to 2008! So it's high time, IMO. I'm hoping this purge dumps out a lot of these kind of fake spam accounts like I described above.

                        Just wanted to explain the massive drop in users if you happened to notice it.
                        Joe Siegler, Webmaster - Black Sabbath Online
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                        "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)

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