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How come we are getting so much spam these days?

Exterminator

Deputy Commander
Staff member
Unfortunately, there seems to be more of it about these days. Us mods do try and neutralise any spam postings as soon as possible, and the offending members are escorted to the nearest airlock.

The only real way to stop any sort of spamming would be to change the boards’ settings so EVERYTHING had to be moderator-approved before it was posted, but that would cause a serious lag between writing a post and seeing it on the boards (if we’re away doing real-life stuff and not online), but that’s a bit heavy-handed and not much fun for the vast majority of non-spamming members.

We do receive email notification of board postings that are reported, so I ask all of you - if you do see spam postings, PLEASE do report them, then we can zap them ASAP.
 

EddieL

Alphans
In case it's not clear, click on the
button on the bottom, left of the post to report the post. :thumbup:
 

tryptych

Alphans
Might I suggest a more sophisticated means of obtaining membership, like one that requires human intervention, as seen on many sites these days?
These things are bot generated, so it should be fairly easy to keep them out.
 

Exterminator

Deputy Commander
Staff member
It might be possible that a new member could be put under moderation for the first “x” number of postings, so they can’t immediately start filling the site with “Buy cheap sunglasses/naughty sausage pills/pictures of Shetland ponies in hats” posts, and are intercepted/booted out by the mods.
 

KevinD

Alphans
There may be something to be said for pictures of Shetland Ponies in hats, now that you come to mention it!
 

tryptych

Alphans
Truth be known, the biggest problem with this forum is it is woefully outdated.
It really needs to be ported to a better system, but that's a big job.
 

karr1981

Assistant Commander
Staff member
New members will now need to be manually approved before being able to post, hopefully this will help reduce the issue.
 

Liberator

Alphans
Should have a question to ask of them as well about Space 1999 to check their bonafides. ie what is your favourite space 1999 episode and why? (which will work I guess if they are not bots...)
 

tryptych

Alphans
Should have a question to ask of them as well about Space 1999 to check their bonafides.

Probably not a good idea. I for one have very little interest in that particular show, but am here based on my love for earlier Anderson productions.
 
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