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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 36,359
    Kyleran said:
    Interestingly enough, I've never seen a spambot post over on MassivelyOP, I wonder what their secret is?

    Something to do perhaps with having to use social media accounts to log in with?
    Bree basically sits there and insta-deletes any perspectives she doesn’t agree with so taking care of spambots is a freebie.
    Well, they do have an automatic spam detection service, one reason I log in with multiple accounts is on occasion I've found my posts have been directed over to it for review and it can take a few days to appear back on the site which by that time the thread has usually dropped from sight and further comment.

    Bree appears to be one of several full time employees there while most of the folks here this seems to be some sort of part time endeavor to their real day jobs.

    In fact it appears this site is now run by the publishing equivalent of Gamigo, where games go to when well past their prime.


    harken33AlBQuirky

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 36,359
    Awesome, just friggin awesome.

     :# 

    "See normal people, I'm not one of them" | G-Easy & Big Sean

    "I need to finish" - Christian Wolff: The Accountant

    Just trying to live long enough to play a new, released MMORPG, playing FO76 at the moment.

    Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions. Pvbs 18:2, NIV

    Don't just play games, inhabit virtual worlds™

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  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member EpicPosts: 8,607
    edited July 21
    miajiwa said:
    [mod edit]
    Pls tell me more, this thread was made just for you ;-)
    Post edited by Vaross on
    tzervo
  • cheyanecheyane Member EpicPosts: 7,229
    My god! The forum today is filled to the brim with them.

    Honestly is there like a quota? I am relatively certain that this forum offers them no revenue from those. No one visiting this site is going to click on them and yet here they are. So probably doesn't matter any site will do for them as long as they meet a tracked quota.
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  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member EpicPosts: 8,607
    Really need to add some rules to new accounts. 
    AlBQuirky
  • NildenNilden Member EpicPosts: 3,115
    I used to visit this site daily now it's once or twice a week and I'm reconsidering that. In the ten plus years I have been here it's never been this bad. Get it together or people are just going to stop coming here.

    Unless you are going for the apathetic, uncaring, shithole look that makes people reconsider even coming here. Then congrats, mission accomplished.

    Really makes me realize how much Bill and Suzie put into this place. Would hate to see them come back to visit and see this garbage heap.

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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 14,424
    edited July 16
    @MikeB
    @Meddle
    @Admin
    @lotrlore

    Any insights on how it's gotten this bad and/or what the near future holds for this forum?

    How many of you are there now with the access to delete these bots now compared to times in the past?

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  • MikeBMikeB Community ManagerAdministrator RarePosts: 6,528
    edited July 16
    Hey all,

    Just wanted to pop in to say we do take spammers seriously, but the reality is that we have limited resources for moderation these days. The best thing you can do to help is to flag spammers when you see them and we'll get to them as soon as we can.

    We do have limits for new accounts (they are unable to create threads, for example) and we have our flood control settings cranked up to the maximum on the backend, but there's only so much we can automate on this front.
    Nanfoodle

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    Community Manager
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  • BloodaxesBloodaxes Member EpicPosts: 4,371
    I think it's time to use different security measures on the registration page. It's clearly not working.
    DakeruAsheramKyleran

  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member EpicPosts: 3,342
    edited July 17
    MikeB said:
    Hey all,

    Just wanted to pop in to say we do take spammers seriously, but the reality is that we have limited resources for moderation these days. The best thing you can do to help is to flag spammers when you see them and we'll get to them as soon as we can.

    We do have limits for new accounts (they are unable to create threads, for example) and we have our flood control settings cranked up to the maximum on the backend, but there's only so much we can automate on this front.
    @MikeB it's not working.  We realize that there isn't enough staff to delete the spam posts.  That's obvious, because they often stay up indefinitely even when they're reported.  The question is, can't you guys add something like a manual picture ID verification process to stop these bots from being created in the first place?  Like, where you have to click on all the pics that contain a stop sign?  Would these spammers continue to post here if they had to manually verify every account they make?

  • AsheramAsheram Member EpicPosts: 4,255
    Every sight I log onto that uses that captcha thing when logging onto account you have to click the images that have things in them like buses and traffic lights etc, some are a series with refreshed images like Rockstars where have to click on a new one that might have popped up.
    Here all you have to do is click a check box saying I am not a robot. Alot of robots saying they are not robots and getting past the fence here it seems.
    Dakeru
  • remsleepremsleep Member RarePosts: 826
    Asheram said:
    Every sight I log onto that uses that captcha thing when logging onto account you have to click the images that have things in them like buses and traffic lights etc, some are a series with refreshed images like Rockstars where have to click on a new one that might have popped up.
    Here all you have to do is click a check box saying I am not a robot. Alot of robots saying they are not robots and getting past the fence here it seems.

    Every captcha system can be bypassed.

    Dont assume that scripted bot posts even go through regular login process, you'd be surprised what kind of trickery these scam operations resort to 
    Kyleran
  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 6,253
    Taking the ability to post links is all I'm asking for. That's all that the bots want. Take that ability away (10+ post minimum) and the bots will stop coming here.

    - Al

    Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
    - FARGIN_WAR


  • cheyanecheyane Member EpicPosts: 7,229
    edited July 18
    It is really great not to come here and see the front page filled with bots. Definite improvement and might I add it makes you guys look like you actually care. I know you do care and it was resource intensive to get rid of them but damn it was not a good look for some time now. 
    Dakerukitarad
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    Avasarala: "Wherever I goddamn like."
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