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CD...I've noticed that the spammers who do get through the software time and time again are the same ones (WOW and the Chinese guys) banning their names does not work as they just use new ones and then make their posts in multiples. You might have admin check on whether they are coming in from the same IP or have other teltalle signs since it seems that two entities comprise about 90% of the stuff that gets through and he may be able to isolate and kill them permanently with a little digging.
I also agree with the Captcha thoughts but that might take a bit more doing to implement.
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I pulled the IP address (it is from Asia... what a suprise!!) and anyone with that IP is toast.

Let's see what happens the next few days.

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With reference to the suggestions that new procedures/software be put in place to validate new accounts -- it's a good suggestion but probably would not result in immediate relief from spam. Unfortunately, the spam-bots have already created loads of accounts that are just laying dormant waiting to be used for spam purposes.

One idea that had occurred to me was to allow the general membership to police the spam. Currently members report the post to the mods (if it didn't get caught by the filters), and we delete it when we get the report. If a button was added that allowed members to flag spam, maybe we could have it zapped automatically after a certain number of members reported it (say 5?). Anyone that abused the spam button (say, by reporting Sailaway's posts ) would go on a "vacation."

Just a thought....
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CD...I've noticed that the spammers who do get through the software time and time again are the same ones (WOW and the Chinese guys) banning their names does not work as they just use new ones and then make their posts in multiples. You might have admin check on whether they are coming in from the same IP or have other teltalle signs since it seems that two entities comprise about 90% of the stuff that gets through and he may be able to isolate and kill them permanently with a little digging.
I also agree with the Captcha thoughts but that might take a bit more doing to implement.
Did a little poking around... The sailnet implementation of vBulletin is running version 3.6.4. CAPTCHA (referred to as Image verification within vBulletin document) looks pretty straightforward and is managed through the Admin Control Panel vbulletin Options -> Image Settings. From the documentation...

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The vBulletin Options > vBulletin Options > Image Settings setting group allows you to control how vBulletin processes images for uploading and handles image verification.

* Image Processing Library
vBulletin provides two options for manipulating attachment thumbnails, custom avatars, and profile pictures.

The first is GD, which is bundled with PHP 4.3.0 and later. GD supports the following file types: GIF, JPEG, and PNG.

The second supported library is ImageMagick v6 by ImageMagick Studio LLC. ImageMagick is an executable binary that must be installed at the server level to be called by PHP. Only the identify and convert binaries from ImageMagick are required by vBulletin. ImageMagick supports the following file types: GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and PSD. ImageMagick also has better support for handling animated GIF.
* Image Verification Library
This is similar to the option above but it chooses the Image Manipulation Library for inline image verification. These verification images can be enabled for registration and the Contact Us forms. There are two options for GD. The first, "GD (Simple Font)" will use an internal GD font. The second, "GD (True Type Font)" will use the fonts located in the images/regimage/fonts directory of your forum. On some PHP installations the TTF font option will not work. If you have the TTF font option selected and are seeing no fonts, try the Simple Font option.
* Image Verification Options
There are several options that allow you to control the level of difficulty presented by the image verification.
* ImageMagick Binary Path
Path to the ImageMagick 6 binaries (convert and identify). Example:
Unix: /usr/local/bin/
Windows: C:\imagemagick\
Suggest taking a look -- may be far easier than you think. The vBulletin Manual is here vBulletin Manual -- be sure to specify the manual for version 3.6.4. (from the sailnet footer).
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...One idea that had occurred to me was to allow the general membership to police the spam. Currently members report the post to the mods (if it didn't get caught by the filters), and we delete it when we get the report. If a button was added that allowed members to flag spam, maybe we could have it zapped automatically after a certain number of members reported it (say 5?). Anyone that abused the spam button (say, by reporting Sailaway's posts ) would go on a "vacation."...
Good ideas -- I think the key for that to work is that a) a user can report any individual post just one time; and b) perhaps a user needs to establish a post count of x or x number rep points before they can flag a post for deletion (otherwise they can report a post to the mods).

Or since SD seems for be online 24/7...
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I pulled the IP address (it is from Asia... what a suprise!!) and anyone with that IP is toast.

Let's see what happens the next few days.

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Might have to block the entire class C subnet. usually banning 1 IP address doesn't do much
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Might have to block the entire class C subnet. usually banning 1 IP address doesn't do much
Gee.. I've just realized that I'm surrounded by geeks at work AND on Sailnet!


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Are you guys saying that all those Chinese characters aren't advertising for Catalina? I thought that was just part of the new sailnet advert program.
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[QUOTE=JohnRPollard;433036 Anyone that abused the spam button (say, by reporting Sailaway's posts ) .[/QUOTE]

but aren't his posts legitimate SPAM?
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