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Spambots

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:14 am
by Damocles
I wonder if Taiya can detect those spambots, (there was one today again)

Maybe disallowing/detecting any new Member under X posts, to post any URL or URL part?

Or asking any 1 time poster with a possible spam message: "would you like me to delete your post?"

(the correct answer would be "No" btw)

If it says nothing or "does not compute", its a bot

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:07 pm
by Silverware
She can, she does detect them, she used to get rid of the posts automatically, but Tal is feeling paranoid about it. So instead she informs the IRC, who inform Tal when there is a spam bot needing spanking.

Making a system to ask if you actually want to post will help for a few hours/days at best, but also would be difficult, as PHPBB is incredibly poorly coded, and is a pain in the ass to work with.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:32 pm
by Talvieno
The new post-upgrade bots are trickier to catch, but I should be able to get her to catch all of them properly. Taiya is detecting them as she should, but unfortunately, I lack access to her at the moment (DWMagus is hosting her) and I can't update her with what she needs to actually kill the new ones like she did the old ones. As soon as DWMagus gives me access again, I'll be able to fix the issues.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:00 pm
by Cody
Damocles wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:14 am
Or asking any 1 time poster with a possible spam message: "would you like me to delete your post?"
<chortles> I once had a 'bot post on the Oolite forum, and its only content was 'Please delete me!' I duly obliged.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:20 pm
by Detritus
Please delete me!

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:54 am
by Talvieno
DWMagus updated Taiya for me, and she's already killed one spambot before it had a chance to post. :) Spambot sightings should become much less frequent now.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:11 am
by Victor Tombs
Talvieno wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:54 am
DWMagus updated Taiya for me, and she's already killed one spambot before it had a chance to post. :) Spambot sightings should become much less frequent now.
Well done, DW. :thumbup: :clap: :angel:

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:36 am
by Talvieno
Hey, what about me? :ghost:

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:46 am
by Victor Tombs
Talvieno wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:36 am
Hey, what about me? :ghost:
This is tantamount to gratuitous attention seeking, Nathan. Oh alright, well done my friend! :thumbup: :clap: :angel:

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:49 am
by Talvieno
:lol: Yay! :ghost: Actually I'm not sure she'll catch all of them yet... I may need to tinker with her some more in the future. (And yes, I do mention this only after you congratulate me. :shifty: )

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:54 am
by Victor Tombs
Hmm...I'm sure I will have no need to rescind my congratulations, Nathan. :angel:

Re: Spambots

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:59 am
by Detritus
Congratulations: rescinded.

Have a nice day, Sir Victor Tombs.