Author Topic: Spate of signature spammers.  (Read 818 times)

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Spate of signature spammers.
« on: July 30, 2010, 08:55:40 AM »
I have noticed that we have had a recent spate on new 'members' with names something like stupid1980. They don't post but put a link to some sort of service in their signature. One could limit sigs to users who have posted at least once and that may cure the issue? Then again maybe not as they'd still have to register to find out that they can't add a link in their sig  :hmm:

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Re: Spate of signature spammers.
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 03:31:00 PM »
That's a good idea. I don't know how to apply that particular set of permissions, but maybe Whitney does.
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Re: Spate of signature spammers.
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 03:32:52 PM »
Quote from: "McQ"
That's a good idea. I don't know how to apply that particular set of permissions, but maybe Whitney does.
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Re: Spate of signature spammers.
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010, 03:34:37 PM »
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That's a good idea. I don't know how to apply that particular set of permissions, but maybe Whitney does.

The only way I could do it is if we started manually moving people over to full member status after they have proved they aren't spammers....

There might be a mod that can be applied to the forum that will allow more control over usergroup settings but I don't have time to install anything right now.

What I have been doing is going through the member list once or twice a year and removing junk accounts and deactivating  people who haven't posted in over a year (so I can easily send them reminders to come back).

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Re: Spate of signature spammers.
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010, 08:01:38 PM »
Mat help if you want to disable sigs and PMs to new users.

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