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A New Dawn, An Anti-Spam Dawn

Discussion in 'Announcements and Rules' started by tehelgee, May 1, 2015.

  1. tehelgee

    tehelgee The stern gaze of justice. Administrator

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    I have instituted a change in the way users and new users are sorted out, in an effort to control the spammers.

    1. The default Registered user group now requires moderator approval to post replies or new threads.
    2. Once an account has 5 approved messages, users will be moved to the Valid Members secondary group, which will lift the requirement for moderator approval on posting and new threads.
    3. Everyone that fits the criteria of having 5 messages has already been moved up, so most of our active users shouldn't see any changes.

    Hopefully, this will fix the spammer issue.
     
  2. UrsaTempest

    UrsaTempest Radical Yuri Maniac & Archivist

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    All hail tehelgee!
    Haaail!
     
  3. Nekraa

    Nekraa Nekraa Moderator

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    Hail!*

    *The greeting, not the ice pebbles from the sky.
     
  4. The Shadowmind

    The Shadowmind Experienced.

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    Is this thing functioning correctly now?
     
  5. Biigoh

    Biigoh Drunk Oni Moderator

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    Auuuuuuu?
     
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  6. kinglugia

    kinglugia A Randy Avian

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    Delicious~ Hora Hora Hora~!
     
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  7. Master of Squirrel-fu

    Master of Squirrel-fu Huhuhu~ Moderator

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    You should probably make a second criteria that also moves them up after a few weeks so Lurkers don't get flagged.
     
  8. tehelgee

    tehelgee The stern gaze of justice. Administrator

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    I originally tried that, but the way it works is that it requires someone to have BOTH criteria.

    Although, maybe a second promotion can do it instead of trying to use one with both criteria.

    I'll try that out and see.
     
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  9. wayne82444

    wayne82444 Versed in the lewd.

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    Uh, I think it broke something- I know I have been around for months, and I have way more than 5 posts. Just made a post in the Aegis thread and apparently it requires mod approval.

    Edit: Also this post requires approval too.
     
  10. Master of Squirrel-fu

    Master of Squirrel-fu Huhuhu~ Moderator

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    XENFORO!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  11. Wootius

    Wootius Not too sore, are you?

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    I smell OPPRESSION.
     
  12. UrsaTempest

    UrsaTempest Radical Yuri Maniac & Archivist

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    IT IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, CITIZEN. NOW, MOVE ALONG.

    And for mine, because reporting spams do get tiresome after a while.
     
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  13. wayne82444

    wayne82444 Versed in the lewd.

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    Agreed, I report spam any time I see it. Sadly it occurs so often that my only wonder about this is "Why wasn't it done sooner?". It would have so save the mods some work, even with approving legitimate posts.
     
  14. UrsaTempest

    UrsaTempest Radical Yuri Maniac & Archivist

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    Usually, there's only like 2, 3 spams every... say, three days or so.

    But yesterday, we got hit by like 6 spams or so, in a short amount of time.
     
  15. wayne82444

    wayne82444 Versed in the lewd.

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    I've noticed, I tend to be checking around the time they are posted for some reason, so I seem to catch a good number less than 10 minutes after they go up. That said QQ doesn't have that huge a growth rate where having to approve 5 non spam posts for new members seems like it would be more work than that is what I meant. Of course entirely possible I misjudged how fast the forums are growing too. Not like I know where to check statistics for that after all.
     
  16. Master of Squirrel-fu

    Master of Squirrel-fu Huhuhu~ Moderator

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    And just caught 2 spam accounts.
     
  17. Heaven Canceler

    Heaven Canceler Behind You!

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    Very good, that should get rid of all the damned Spammers.
     
  18. Trilonias

    Trilonias Not too sore, are you?

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    But I like spam... it's delicious.

    Oh, wait, you mean the stupid ads posts! Ah, I see... Mmm, spam... I mean, good for you! Now all the spam shall be mine!

    Say goodbye to the hidden spam commune!
     
  19. Master of Squirrel-fu

    Master of Squirrel-fu Huhuhu~ Moderator

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    And another, given I haven't seen any others since my last announcement either they're leaving now or my fellows are faster to respond than I thought.

    Edit: caught another
     
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  20. Master of Squirrel-fu

    Master of Squirrel-fu Huhuhu~ Moderator

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    I think it might be better to move the counter down to one or only need the first "New Thread" to be approved. The spammers seem to just post and leave I don't think they even noticed.
     
  21. Biigoh

    Biigoh Drunk Oni Moderator

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    Tanuki agree with Squirrels!
     
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  22. Vanathor

    Vanathor 『Back In Black』

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    I agree with this move.

    Also, people I think should be able to be kinda jumped-past the wait system with a proper contact or someone to vouch for them. Mostly to make it less annoying. If someone is a standing user with a known reputation the five post minimum is kinda obtuse.
     
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