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Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:25 pm
by GeoffSchultz
This forum has been under attack from spammers and/or spam-bots for the past several weeks. Today I deleted hundreds of accounts that have been recently created but have never been activated by clicking on the link included in the "Welcome to FreedomYachts.org" e-mail. Most of the accounts were obviously from spammers (i.e. with e-mail addresses in Russia), but there may have been some valid ones which were accidentally included. If this occurred, I'm sorry. Simply sign up again and click on the activation link.

If you're a spammer, just go away as your posts will never get approved.

-- Geoff

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:43 am
by rubbus
Any way to moderate new account creation? Not sure if it already is...

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:57 am
by GeoffSchultz
rubbus wrote:Any way to moderate new account creation? Not sure if it already is...


To install some of the newer anti-spam controls, I need to update the forum software which requires that I switch the "skin" that people see when they connect to server. As a result I'm taking this one step at a time and over the weekend I'll update the server software and then institute some anti-spam controls on the account registration page.

-- Geoff

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:01 pm
by GeoffSchultz
Just as an FYI, in the past 3 weeks we've had almost 1000 spammer accounts created (and deleted by me)...Thankfully the rate is dropping off...

-- Geoff

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:51 am
by Michel
Geoff,

Many thanks for all the work you do on our foum.

Michel

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:28 am
by GeoffSchultz
We just passed 5000 spam accounts...all of which have been deleted...Royal PIA dealing with this.

-- Geoff

Re: Accounts Deleted Due to Spammers

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:46 pm
by unfetteredalexandria
Thank you for dealing with this; it is a great forum thanks to your efforts!