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Massive spam attack   Administrative Issues

Started Jan-19 by Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 1470 views.
gunter

From: gunter

Feb-17

It's not possible to stop someone from opening a new account with a valid email address. We do email a confirming access code to new accounts. Blocking a name combo wouldn't help, they simply switch to another name.

It's a constant annoyance on the Internet and that's why moderation exists.

YWN666

From: YWN666

Feb-18

Might be the same person!

More than likely it's the "same type" of person. It's really sad that with all the information to be had and learned from on the Internet...that some people have nothing better to do than to be a thorn in someone's side.

YWN666

From: YWN666

Feb-19

In their eyes, negative attention is better than none at all.  Yes, it IS sad.  I had a horrible experience with a troll a few years back where this individual created over 200 fake accounts over a few weeks time.  Each time I blocked the latest account, another one appeared minutes later.  That's why my forum was put on moderation and will remain there.  It's more effort on my part but at least the regulars don't have to dodge trolls and their spam in order to have a normal conversation.

When we were a new forum, 20 years ago, we had a few trolls stop by to test the waters. My guys just loved chewin' on trolls. Within a few months...the trolling stopped. Visiting other forums through their promo's...I noticed that certain types of forums got more trolls than others, especially anything religious or political.

My condolences to those forums who are accosted by trolls. But...in that I find a little bit of solace; at least they aren't outside bothering people who are creating a better country. They've come to realize where they fit in the world.

Sassy (MrsSassy)

From: Sassy (MrsSassy)

Feb-19

Your best bet is to put your Forum on MODERATION that way anyone who has not been given "VOICE" in your Forums controls, when they post~ their post goes into your controls for you to review BEFORE they are placed on your message board.

That saves a lot of your time and effort and honestly as long as you have that set up you  can't have any issues!

Just remember to check your Moderation Que daily so you can grant VOICE to those people ho you want to be able to post in your Forum.

You didn't mention if you have a chat room or not but if you do you can also put that room on moderation as well. It's a very simple process and a great way to prevent people from bothering you in there.

Enjoy your time on Delphi and if you need help setting anything up I'm sure everyone here will help you accomplish what you want!

Take care! Sassy

YWN666

From: YWN666

Feb-20

Yes, I put the forum on moderation and check the que multiple times a day.  We've had a few troublemakers but the BOZO setting makes them lose interest and go away.

Sassy (MrsSassy)

From: Sassy (MrsSassy)

Feb-21

Perfect solution! I'm happy your not having further issues. Life's to short to fret over things you can't do anything about that's for sure.

Tc, Sassy

Kid (Kidmagnet)

From: Kid (Kidmagnet)

Feb-23

Someone heck bent on explaining the meaning of life is prolifically going through opening accounts and reposting this message to all and sundry. What would ToS like us to do about them (from our end?)

Most messages are getting caught up in moderation, but not all forums use it.  Last night as I reported this as spam to a forum host I mentor the spammer opened a new account to reply to me how they were not spam - so, they are fairly attentive. I had not even restricted the first account. So either someone else had (and their account did not have any site wide restrictions either) or they just assumed so and opened a new account.

They cannot actually be using legit email accounts. I thought Delphi filtered out those temp email addresses?

Anyhoo - can we just PM you the member name and add - spamming the meaning of life or do we have to have the full message or are they spammers even breaking a Delphi ToS?

(asking on behalf of my mentorees)

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