list of spammers
30 August, 2020 at 11:35 #35335
my Help question was not answered yet, instead i see a lot of spam on the forums. I made the effort to locate the spammers.
Perhaps the current captcha should be replaced by a math-captcha? Not sure if the spammers keep logged in or manually solve the captchas. Anyway, it is pretty annoying.
31 August, 2020 at 15:58 #35343
Thank you! Those users have been removed. But you’re right: There’s a lot of spam… I also think that having another captcha method will be better. I’ll ask the administrators.
1 September, 2020 at 14:13 #35362
appreciated. Here is an update of the spammers i located today 2020-09-01
majority of these spammers is from the thread
2 September, 2020 at 11:29 #35367
Thank you very much! We’ll keep checking. There’s a lot to clean up.
24 September, 2020 at 20:48 #35518
Here are some ideas to reduce the spam.
1) do not allow the upload of user-picture for new user accounts. This is misused for spam-logos
2) introduce a cool down phase: New users cannot immediately start posting but only after x hours
3) Add to the captcha a question related to eXeLearning which the simple minded spammer does not know to answer:
3a Something related to the eXeLearning GUI for example. Pretty sure the spammers are not willing to learn this.
the following questions are encrypted with ROT13:
juvpu yvprafr zbqry qbrf rKrYrneavat unf?
jurer qvq rKrYrneavat bevtvangr?
jurer vf VAGRS ybpngrq?
jung qbrf BRE fgnaq sbe?
jub pna pbagevohgr gb gur fbhepr pbqr?
I am sure we can develop together a long list of questions to challenge them.
- This reply was modified 5 months ago by l3eXe.
25 September, 2020 at 10:12 #35525
We’ll study all of them. Thank you very much!
24 September, 2020 at 20:52 #35519
20 November, 2020 at 21:36 #36440
To me it looks like the spammers are posting manually, so changing the captcha might not make much difference.
I suggest recruiting a team of moderators to actively remove spam posts and suspend repeated offenders.
Could also try some regexp filter so that new users cannot post URLs to any site until they reach a minimum or say 10 posts.
Lastly do not allow anonymous/guest posts, although that doesn’t appear to be an option for normal users anyway which seems suspect…… perhaps the spam is actually a feature.
- This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by gregoryn.
24 November, 2020 at 12:11 #36446
You’re right. They seem to be posting manually. We’ll try to fix this as soon as possible. Just to many things to fix right now… Thank you very much for your suggestions.
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