Spammers Beware

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Spammers Beware

Postby Catherine Poole » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:42 am

We've been hit hard by spammers (mostly about cialis!) And I just want to advise we are working on a new update that will block their clever path into the site. It is a waste of time to have to delete 20 or more of these daily. If you see any that I miss, let me know!
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Re: Spammers Beware

Postby Linny » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:51 pm

The board's been hit hard again. I reported one earlier today but there now are 14 pages worth of garbage in the Stage IV forum. Too much to go through and report individually.
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Re: Spammers Beware

Postby Catherine Poole » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:14 am

I know it! I ban each one and they come back. Our webmaster is working on a fix and an update to the board. I don't want to switch providers, but may have to . Very sorry!
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Re: Spammers Beware

Postby Linny » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:51 am

Yeah, those ^$#&*@($!*#@ are relentless. Thanks for tending to this.

Sadly there's very little human involvement with these cretins so blocking them is futile because they just come back and set up other accounts. It looks like they set up one or more accounts and then run an automated program to generate the spam messages. They even spoof IP addresses so blocking them by IP is futile as well (or so I've been told).

Until the fix is implemented perhaps you can put a temporary hold on new members? Or, screen them before allowing them to post messages? Every sincere patient has a story, so perhaps screen them by asking them for their story? Just a thought. I know it's a hassle, but which is worse: screening new members or removing over 50 pages of spam?
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Re: Spammers Beware

Postby Catherine Poole » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:51 pm

Thanks Linny, we are doing an upgrade soon and hope that will cure it. Also, email confirmation. Working on it! You are right can't ban their IP address.
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Melanoma International Foundation
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