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Is there a way to delete spam??

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
13 years ago4,422 views

Just wondering if there is a way to delete spam on this forum?? I HATE SPAM!!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes, double-click on the "x minutes ago" text. But you must know the password.

I've got an idea for Philipp: what about letting users vote againts a post/topic? If it meets a rate > 80% in the first hour and more than 16 unique votes, the post will become hidden (you'll see the author and the first words) and the posts will go to a new section called Recycle This. If many people report the posts/topic as valid, they'll go back to their state.

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hey.. that's a great idea!!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks guys... yeah, I'll keep the anti-spam button an option for the future. Right now the best way to deal with when you see massive spam attacks is to email me. For smaller spam posts, the best thing is to ignore them as I usually clean up the forum completely every day. I also have anti-spam measurements for the attack like the current one, which also hit my email inbox with these weird messages, e.g. IP and keyword blocking. Let's see how this develops.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

yeah, the best bet is too iggy it and dont get involved with the post.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

[moved from "This Forum Is Under Attack!!"]


aycu09.webshots.com/image/1608 ...



i was bare witness to a spam attack!!
those damn spammers..

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

i was witness too.. in fact for an instant it seemed like there was more spam than legit stuff...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I'm trying hard to add keywords and IPs to the blacklist and delete a lot. I really wonder where the spammers are coming from – all their IPs are from Turkey. It's possible there's some T*rkish newspaper or such who had the stupid idea to connect me to a Bl*gspot porn bl*g, and now people think this is the right place to complain.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<i was witness too.. in fact for an instant it seemed like there was more spam than legit stuff...>>

yeah..
and what odd about it, is that they are saying to shut down some B,log or something.. but this B,log theyre talking about doesnt exist!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes, the bl*g does exist, but I blocked the URL here... so now they're posting variations.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

why here?!

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<Yes, the bl*g does exist, but I blocked the URL here..>

Good for you!!!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Apparently someone sent out an email to a mailing list of some sort. I got a copy by now. Someone sent a long email telling people that in order to get rid of the pr0n bl0g (apparently, I don't know the exact text's meaning as it's not English), they should both contact me by email – citing my email – and post a message here – citing this bl0g's "create thread" URL (which I changed in the meantime).

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

i think you should block the "Start new thread" option..for a day or so

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I thought about that, but then they might just spam the individual threads. I'll see...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

So now you can't write b lo g, B logspo t or Tu rkis h ?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Maybe you should've just block that URL. All the messages had it.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

there's more blocked words than that. I imagine some carefully selected words which have been recurring are chosen. Philipp mentioned that he also had to disable indicating exactly what was blocked.

I'm willing to be a little patient for this spam nonsense to die down. And if it doesn't, maybe we should all fight back! :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

There's over are a dozen words that were added. The URL appeared in variations whenever I blocked one variation.

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

take this page down temporarily, philipp.. and put up a bunch of ads.. :-)-

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> And if it doesn't, maybe we should all fight back! :)

I have several emails from the mailing list, including the name & email of the originator of at least one of these mass mails... but this person may be part of a larger friend-of-a-friend scheme.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

philipp, check the chat. the spammers moved there...

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<I thought about that, but then they might just spam the individual threads. I'll see...>

you were right..... *insert disgusting emoticon here*

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks Ionut. Removed the chat for a while.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

umm so shut down the entire forum..
for one day..

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

why did you remove the chat?
the spammers will spam again in the forum..
let them stay in the chat zone

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Interesting argument David. The chat is back. Kids need a place to play :)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

lol..
glad i could help :)

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

those guys are really going at it.. in the chat room...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I tried to talk to them but it's completely useless – they don't understand the situation. Probably the only line worth repeating is...

Here is not Google – contact Google here: google.com/support/bin/request ...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

yeah thats ok.. they need a place to play , they want attention , but are not going to get it here :)-

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Right!!
Were strong Philipp! and were with ya!

justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

you could just block the entire T u rk ish ip address range, until this thing calms down.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> you could just block the entire T u rk ish ip
> address range, until this thing calms down.

Yes, unfortunately I had to do that finally. I'm not sure if this is entirely correct but I blocked:

85.96.* -> 85.111.*
81.214.* -> 81.215.*
88.220.* -> 88.255.*

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

How can you get a free list of IPs for a country?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I didn't find a good list but I did some checking on the forum and chat IPs and then also googled a bit. The best thing probably would be to have some nice MySQL database with PHP code as free download... so that you could block by country name.

justin flavin [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #


ip to country:

ip-to-country.webhosting.info/

you can download a csv file for importing into a mysql database.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

This looks great. I'm currently integrating this database.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Also: maxmind.com/app/geoip_country

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Did the attack die down at all yet, philipp???

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Kirby, I suppose the attack is still going on but our defense mechanisms work. I'll check in a couple of days what happens when I unblock the IP range...

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Good for you, Philipp!! The forum is much nicer when you don't have to weed through the spam!! :-)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

yeah..
and if theyll start again were here!! :)

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