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smugpolice
Is there any progress on sorting out the spam problem? Maybe we need more moderators to delete the spam which gets through??
 

sufi

lala
there's already a captcha, there's also a 'spelling test' which is supposed to stop blatant bots,
still a fair bit coming through unfortunately
i'll keep an eye out for other solutions - any suggestions welcome (as long as they don't involve ugg boots, loius vuitton or topless girls in the kitchen)
 

nomos

Administrator
:mad:

It's bad lately. I think I banned 5 yesterday. Someone should tell the bots we're not google indexed.
 

sufi

lala
we could start moderating new registrations - i just don't like making people wait to post when they've signed up...
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
My mate got the following weird one at work... The first line reminds me of a line in The Master.

Dear Sir/Madam,


As you are no doubt aware I am a black Anglo-American, scientist, philosopher and historian of science known in Europe, Australia and the United States for my contributions to philosophy, the Natural Sciences and the Social and Economic Sciences. ...
When I was studying at CERN I got a letter - actual proper paper spam, in my pigeonhole! - that was much like this. Some nutter claiming he'd proven that time doesn't exist or something. It was brilliant, I wish I'd kept it, in fact I might still have it somewhere (would take a lot of digging, mind). I love it that someone had gone to the effort of printing out this letter, addressing it and mailing it at his own expense to, I presume, all the students currently working at the lab. Dunno if any of the academics received it, he probably thought their minds were too closed off by accepted physics dogma. Fucken sheeple!
 
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sufi

lala
When I was studying at CERN I got a letter - actual proper paper spam, in my pigeonhole! - that was much like this. Some nutter claiming he'd proven that time doesn't exist or something. It was brilliant, I wish I'd kept it, in fact I might still have it somewhere (would take a lot of digging, mind). I love it that someone had gone to the effort of printing out this letter, addressing it and mailing it at his own expense to, I presume, all the students currently working at the lab. Dunno if any of the academics received it, he probably thought their minds were probably too closed off by accepted physics dogma. Fucken sheeple!
Scan it for us!!
 

sufi

lala
we could start moderating new registrations - i just don't like making people wait to post when they've signed up...
this kind of worked last time we started seeing a lot of spam registrations so I've switched it back on last night, & also pruned several hundred spammy looking accounts
hopefully we may have a bit of peace, though there may still be sleepers... (can a bot lurk?)

Big thanks to the other mods for patiently battling the bots - Matt B or Nomos probably have the hi-score i think
 

nomos

Administrator
this kind of worked last time we started seeing a lot of spam registrations so I've switched it back on last night, & also pruned several hundred spammy looking accounts
hopefully we may have a bit of peace, though there may still be sleepers... (can a bot lurk?)
Thanks a lot sufi :cool: I went through the recent registrations yesterday with the idea of pruning suspicious ones (lots from sina.com and coolbags.eu or whatever). But I could only see a way to do it one at a time so I backed off. Should be a big help because I think we did have sleepers.
 

sufi

lala
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mairi

New member
Just got a scam e-mail pretending to be from the Nigerian Fraud Squad, offering to reimburse me for money lost to onlne scammers.
Amazing.
Are there any people who beleive in that kind of staff?
No really, you get your message from unknown person where they are teelling you that you won a huge amount of money from smb you don't know and they just need your personal details and you should beleive in that???
 

sufi

lala
Are there any people who beleive in that kind of staff?
No really, you get your message from unknown person where they are teelling you that you won a huge amount of money from smb you don't know and they just need your personal details and you should beleive in that???
maybe they are more cunning than you think... If they write implausible messages then only the most gullible segment of recipients will respond, who will be the most likely to follow through with actual cash,
 
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