Dustin and another admin heard our call. I thank everyone for their desire to want FFTV cleaned up.
As you can see the General off topic section of the Forum was erased. Sifting through 1400 plus spam messages would prove to be time consuming so it was reset. If you value information that you don't want erased, I suggest you ask questions that are specific to each forum topic. If there are topics already asked you should sift through some of the already answered questions similar to yours. If you make a blog, you can link your blog to get responses directed to your specific questions. The General section in the forum may be subjected to modification so be careful for the next couple of weeks when posting in the General section.
I'm glad something is being tried at least =) and thanks for the compliments =). Since i've used ferts the plants are finally growing new leaves that are lively
So far its been working. Spam Mods dont have to work now =) yay
Bringing this back up, I think the site need a few SPAM Filters.
Way too much spam to try & glean any info.
I got this in my personel section.
Of all the sites I visit and belong to, I have never gotten on of these.
This is inappropriate.
This site doesn't even copy & paste right.
Hello dear, my name is Rebecca, i came across your profile now on this
Comment Site .
So I decided to stop by an let you know that I really want to have a good
friendship with you. Beside i have something special i want to discuses with
you, but I find it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public
site. I will be very happy, If you can get back to me, through my e-mail.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) So we can get to know each other better,and i well
give you my pictures and also tell you more about me OK, you can contact me
through my e-mail id Is, (email@example.com) Regard, Rebecca
once again, the issue with this is how the signup is done and how anyone can post. i have no access to those aspects of this site. I think that unless dustin and whichever admin can work together to change their product, we will never win against the spammers. There is nothing that I can do. The spam trap clearly doesnt work. There is spam in blogs, and EVERY forum section. The only way i can fix this is by preventing people from posting.
HOWEVER, if the admin can change posting on forum to allow only those trusted REAL peole to post, then it would work. This i would require a select group to have the power to allow selected people to post. there are many ways to do this. there are many forums that require you to exist for an amount of time before being able to post. or have a post that would be approved several times before then they are allowed to post whenever there after. blah blah blah.
I dont have access so i can only bring ideas up. Now we just need to get someone with the admin privilege to do these changes provided these ideas can be implemented with their servers and services.
Does Akismet not work on sites like this? Is Akismet or programs like it an option?
At least with spam filters like that you can punch in specific words and the filter will automatically catch those posts. On my personal website I use Akismet and I'm able to punch in words for medicines, the word cheap, watch, dick, etc and it will either immediately go to the spam folder or will be held for moderation. I have mine set so that if there's a link in the comment it needs to be approved by moderation.
I'm wondering if manpower combined with a good spam program would be effective?
Catching spam is a pain. I admin a couple of websites and find the only way to combat it is with a good set of admins. I divide mine up so each has their own section instead of having to watch the entire site. I noticed on here that the spam seems to originate from the same accounts again and again, when you ban an account it should automatically delete all posts related to that person in order to simplify matters.