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    Default Bit of a Spam Epidemic

    Apologies for the high level of spam currently being thrown at the forum.

    You're doing a great job of reporting it. Please continue to do so as it helps us to track it down and get rid of it as quickly as possible.

    If you see anything odd - particularly posts in Korean or any language other than English, please let us know. Another clue is that most (but not all) spam posts contain links.

    Please don't reply to spam posts. It's also easier for us to spot them if those threads have zero replies. There's no point in replying anyway as the posts are made by software, not people.

    Thanks again. Please keep those reports coming.
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    They are pretty obvious when I click on NEW POSTS and they seem mostly in the UU VIDEO DISCUSSION forum. Reporting them is a bit tedious because of the VB software's imposed delay on accepting reports. Maybe some proactive moderation would help?

    EDIT (15 minutes later) -- Ah, I see you've killed off a zillion of the wee buggers. Excellent!
    Last edited by k0k0peli; 09-29-2015 at 04:25 AM.

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    Thanks for your speedy site cleanup! A knarly job and you do it well!
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    The maintenance update for the forum today (likely in response to the spam attack, so I'm posting this here) seems to have broken a lot of non-standard characters, like German umlauts. I noticed when I made a post with a German folk song title and the forum ate half the post that followed the umlaut. I also see broken apostrophes in some posts (probably where users used accents instead of the regular apostrophe). This may be a side effect of a spam solution that involves Korean letters?

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    Seems the update didn't work so well, there are still a load of those posts in the video discussion section, started at 9:57p, continuing to 11:19p.
    Last edited by kohanmike; 09-30-2015 at 08:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    The maintenance update for the forum today (likely in response to the spam attack, so I'm posting this here) seems to have broken a lot of non-standard characters, like German umlauts. I noticed when I made a post with a German folk song title and the forum ate half the post that followed the umlaut. I also see broken apostrophes in some posts (probably where users used accents instead of the regular apostrophe). This may be a side effect of a spam solution that involves Korean letters?
    Thanks for the feedback, I'll make sure Rayan's aware of the issues.

    Also, I'm sorry there's still a lot of junk getting onto the board. Even though we have mods in different timezones there are still periods where we're either asleep or tied up with day jobs so it may occasionally take a while before someone can take out the trash - but we'll clean up just as quickly as we can.

    Thanks for your understanding, and all the spam reports.
    And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no,
    And whether the skin be black or white as the snow,
    Of kith and of kin we are one, be it right, be it wrong,
    As long as our hearts beat true to the lilt of a song.

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    I don't want to stick my nose in where it doesn't belong on this issue... But has the idea of not accepting new members automatically for a few days after spammer accounts have been banned been considered ? I can see how this could be an inconvenience for the new members (sorry potential members) as well as the moderator team... but the moderator team seems to be experiencing an inconvenience already...

    I have no idea how many potential new members sign up every day or how many of them would need to be manually approved, but if the number is small that might be a quick fix to this issue until a better solution presents itself. (and the spammers might get tired of not being able to get new accounts.)

    2 cents (and over-priced advice)

    No need to respond to this advice if this is not a desirable or a workable solution. I know the mod team is working hard and doesn't need the additional distraction of responding to me.

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    Thank you rick, you mods are the best
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    I am a mod on another forum and it is not an easy job! You guys are doing a marvelous job and we appreciate it! (insert hug smiley here)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkeMania View Post
    I am a mod on another forum and it is not an easy job! You guys are doing a marvelous job and we appreciate it! (insert hug smiley here)!
    Hear, hear! ^^^

    Also, I know absolutely nothing about website/forum design, but twitter has a "block and report spam" button, which reports the spam (obviously) but also removes the irritating post from your timeline. No idea how difficult it is to implement things like that, but thought it might be worth mentioning.

    Thanks again mods

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