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#76 2019-06-21 04:33:46

tahanson43206
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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

20190621 Energetic Spammer ...

dyellohho005 and HowardKible are candidates for review this morning.

As of logged in time, the first spam message appeared at 02:50 and the last at 06:09.

Now is 06:33

Good hunting!

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#77 2019-06-21 16:07:21

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

dyellohho005 and HowardKible trash has been taken out...

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#78 2019-06-27 11:22:00

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

20190627 Latest spammer is carlosr

carlosr has been biding his time since he registered earlier in June:
    2019-06-07

12:48 is the time shown for carlosr here after login.

The country shown is Brazil, but I now suspect that is a randomly generated value inserted by an automated tool to set up "members" to insert spam.

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#79 2019-06-27 17:56:04

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

The posts for that user did get deleted but they had not been banned but they are now....

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#80 2019-06-27 20:48:21

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#81 2019-07-02 05:19:55

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

BenjaminS appears to be a candidate for banning.   His post appeared at 6:19 AM (my logged in time).

Tremblagf showed up shortly afterword at 6:41 (again, my logged in time).

Edit at 13:13

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#82 2019-07-02 16:47:45

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

I saw both this morning but they did not get reported so I am now going to look for the accounts to see what was done.

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#83 2019-07-02 16:56:25

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

update found both users only had the posts deleted and not being banned but they are now....thanks for putting the names in the post

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#84 2019-07-02 18:03:00

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

For SpaceNut re #83 ... A team effort seems to be in play!  Nice!  I appreciate your encouragement to continue reporting our "guests" when I'm checking for traffic on the forum.

For void ... I enjoy reading your expansive visions.  They could go ** anywhere ** in time and space, and usually do << grin >>

The electron beam welding for 3D printing is (to my way of thinking) an impressive accomplishment, and I hope the inventors are able to sustain growth of this concept in the years ahead.

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#85 2019-07-03 08:38:58

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

We have an interesting looking post by Toropov07 today.

The location is given as Russia. 

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#86 2019-07-03 10:50:00

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Just banned both and now off to do the cleanup.

cleanup done on AlvaroO and ToroPov...

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#87 2019-07-15 09:06:04

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

20190715 Our latest spammer is WalterU.

His time stamp is showing as 9-5.6 >> 3.4 hours before this report.

Good hunting!

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#88 2019-07-15 16:19:50

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Well one of the other mods has taken care of the trash post and banned the user...

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#89 2019-07-19 12:20:17

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Stephanem appears to be a candidate for review.  Good hunting! (th)

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#90 2019-07-19 17:04:20

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

all cleaned up and banned....

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#91 2019-07-27 17:23:19

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Correct about the advertising ban but content was saved in the report function

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#92 2019-07-31 19:40:28

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

What do you all think about putting a ban on the accounts that post just once after 90 days to limit those that think they can come back and post junk spam....

Indicate "account dormant and secured" for ban reason message

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#93 2019-07-31 20:27:22

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

For SpaceNut re #92 ...

Your idea is interesting, and I hope others will respond with comments either way.

My feeling is that the forum would benefit if membership were vetted in some way.

As things stand, vetting does occur, in a sense.  People can register without vetting, and then post enough to get banned.

My concern is that the 90 day rule might catch someone who was active in years gone by, and then returns to post a single message, as happened recently.

My understanding is that the forum is an all-volunteer operation, and vetting would be a demand on someone's time, so it has not happened.

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#94 2019-08-01 17:31:53

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

2015 post

jburk wrote:

Last week I did a mass delete of most usernames that have never posted... 99% were spammers.  I will go through the folks that have only posted once and if I see any spam in their profile I will delete them too.  No mercy smile

If I accidentally deleted you, please re-register and drop me a note, I will restore you.

2017 post
http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=7602
Spam-related User Deletion/Cleanup

jburk wrote:

Hi all,

Due to a large number of spam accounts that have been created recently, we have purged the database of all users who registered but have never posted.  I also elevated several accounts that seemed like real people.

I have removed the requirement to be approved prior to posting.  New users should be able to post but we will monitor these entries to ensure there is no spam.

If you had a user account before, and have never posted to the forums, it is possible that your user account was deleted in this activity.  Please go ahead and re-register for a new account.  Let us know if you have any problems. - webmaster@marssociety.org

Thanks,

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#95 2019-08-01 19:07:47

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

For SpaceNut re #94 ...

Thank you for showing those historically significant posts! 

If I interpret Post id=7602 correctly, since a procedure to vet candidates was in place, and since the number of spam registrations became large, the backlog for whoever was doing vetting would have become large as well.

Your recent suggestion (if I am recalling it correctly) was to look at user ID's after 90 days, and to take an action depending upon their behavior.

By banning a spam ID rather than deleting it, the ID cannot be reused.  That seems like a useful procedure to me.

Something to remember is that people who have questions about their registration can write to the site management using the contact option in the login page.

So far, no one else has commented upon your proposal in this topic, but i hope currently active members will offer an opinion to help you decide on a course of action.

My vote would be to ban any ID's which have not posted anything in 90 days from the original registration date.

On the other hand, if a member HAS posted something which is even remotely pertinent to the forum, and more than 90 days have elapsed, I would vote to leave that ID in place.  As time moves along, the person behind every ID will no longer be in a position to contribute.  It would be nice if such ID's could be memorialized in some way, rather than banned for disuse.

A new membership category for those who have contributed in the past, but who no longer can do so, would be a nice touch, if the FluxBB structure will allow it.

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#96 2019-08-03 09:19:12

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Spammer contaminants have been removed....

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#97 2019-09-04 09:13:25

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

For SpaceNut or other Moderators:

IgnatinZH appears to be a spam artist.

Rskingdom appears to be a spam artist.

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#98 2019-09-04 16:52:03

SpaceNut
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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

Seems that we elected the wrong mods to the group.....

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#99 2019-09-07 14:38:30

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

For SpaceNut ....

Looks as though this new registrant may be a smammer: zducwf

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#100 2019-09-07 14:59:37

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Re: Okay guys, we need new moderators... - Want a job? Post here or nominate.

All gone now....these guy's are like the Terminator...they will be back...

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