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The people who design anti-spam systems in general just need to get smarter. For example, on some other forums, we see spam frequently. The thing is, the spammers post the *exact* same text again and again in different places. How hard is it to make a rule in the database where if a user posts the same thing in more than two places, he is classified as a spammer? Also, most of the shit spammers post contain urls. If more than two posts contain the URL which has been previously flagged as spam by a user, posts containing that url should be automatically classified as spam in the future.

 

If the above isn't acceptable, there's always this method: http://crapcha.com/

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How hard is it to make a rule in the database where if a user posts the same thing in more than two places, he is classified as a spammer?

 

I don't think it's that hard, but there's a small edge-case which makes it report potential false positive results. I've had it happen to me that a slow internet connection or other such connection that chugs along actually gives the go-ahead on the forum board to post my message two or three times in a row. I wouldn't necessarily want the board to automatically ban me because of that hiccup.

 

I think it would be tons more efficient to just restrict people to post status updates unless they have X many forum posts or such limit. Another forum I frequent has a similar thing but it's about forum signatures. That would solve the status spam, which I think is the worst or at least the most obnoxious. *shrug*

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Unfortunately, Stop Forum Spam is already implemented using IPS' anti-spam service.

 

Read: http://community.inv...ervice-updates/. As for stats, 99% of all new accounts registered are immediately banned due to match via IPS' anti-spam service as "Known spammer". So it could be a lot worse.

 

Adding Captchas and what not is of no use either as it's often (poor, under-paid) humans that register the accounts manually.

~m2

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  • As for stats, 99% of all new accounts registered are immediately banned due to match via IPS' anti-spam service as "Known spammer". So it could be a lot worse.
  • Adding Captchas and what not is of no use either as it's often (poor, under-paid) humans that register the accounts manually.

  • Good stuff!
  • If we need this in the future I am happy to volunteer for this..

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