Ansan Gotti wrote:Just curious, is there any way to implement a system where if a post is "Report"ed (the exclamation mark toward the top right of each post) a certain number of times, the post is automatically deleted?
I could foresee instances (mostly on other boards) where an organized clique of users could try to abuse this, but I really don't think that would happen here (and if it did, attendant consequences could accrue to the clique). If this were possible, and the users were educated about it, I bet the spambot issue would disappear pretty quickly.
Then again, perhaps I am just incredibly naive.
SteveMB wrote:Bumped because the spambot problem is steadily increasing -- it is now common to have several bots a day dumping about two dozen spam posts each. IMO, the problem is growing past the point where manual deletion by the admins can keep in in check
SteveMB wrote:and calls for some additional automated lines of defense (perhaps something like a throttle-timer between the first N posts on a new account) to at least limit the accumulation between moderator check-ins.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:No hear me out. If I see the same name splattered accross all forums as the most recent poster, I instantly know- spammer. I click on the user, apply banhammer, all those posts are gone. I don't need to remove each and every, individually.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:I know banning did not automatically have post removal as a consequence. One of PlotArmour's avatars kept trolling the "Duel in the Somme" thread, and eventually got banned, but the posts remained. For a while, anyway. I guess a mod might have gone through and deleted each and every by hand, but that's just not smart. There should be, if there isn't already, an option to ban and remove all posts in one go.
SteveMB wrote:manual deletion
BLANDCorporatio wrote:SteveMB wrote:manual deletion
post by post, is not a good strategy, and I've said my piece that I think one extra nuke-capable mod would alleviate matters.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Barring that (but why?), would some change in the authentication policy help? KittenAuth has been suggested (customized for Erfworld).
Balerion wrote:As I said on another thread in Erfworld things, I think the proper solution is to
1) get a strong captcha system in place, either kittyauth or something similar
2) force all currently registered users to go through the captcha when making their first post or login since its implementation
-This should be fairly easy; add a new column to the database in the user table, called something like validated and default it to false.
-Then, any user that is not validated is redirected to the captcha on login. Upon successful completion of the captcha, change validated to true. Also, i would add the feature that the report spam button (after say three reports) will return validated to false, hopefully stopping the tide of spam in progress, or at least closer to its arrival.
I think with both of those features, new spambots won't be able to sign up, and old ones will be blocked from posting, with basically 0 impact on users. It shouldn't be very complicated technically either.
Edit: I will admit, I have never worked with phpBB, but I can't imagine it would be hard to customize it to accomplish this.
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