05-24-2010 12:10 AM
Well, Laura will clean it all up.
All these (31) identical posts were literally posted within minutes.
User registered: 9:29pm, 31 postings : 9:36pm ... 9:57pm.
I am surprised that the forum does not have automatic measures in place that would prevent such repetitive postings by a new user. Other forums have better defenses but that lithium lets these through.
05-24-2010 11:27 AM
I agree, it does seem that we had extra spam activity this weekend. I think I got everything reported to me so if you see something else just report it to the moderator so that I see it.
There definitely are safe guards against spam. I didn't look too closely at the 31 messages, they may have changed the message enough to get around the checks. I will look closer in the future. I do employ user bans when it's warranted like the example that muks linked to.
05-24-2010 11:47 AM
- New users cannot post in more than a few threads in the first hour/day, etc..
- The server should keep a MD5 of all messages posted over a certain time frame (e.g. 1 hour). A second instance of a post with identical text would not succeed.
This would actually kill 2 birds with one stone.
It would also prevent those new users that join, then post the same question 3 or 4 times hoping it will get answered faster.