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    Senior Member Bitsyncmaster's Avatar
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    I don't even look at them since the title is something strange. Why they keep at it since it must take some work tor register each time only to get 10 to 20 views.
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    Doesn't the posting process have checks built in to flag for manual approval? Capture any that try to post links in their first post.
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    Not even good spam threads. Cancer links. You wont draw me in with sports, don't watch them. Nice try bot!

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    Not really banned Michael's Avatar
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    If the bot was smart it wouldn't post live sports feeds in a DeLorean forum. It would be more like:

    Matching tires for autocar DeLorean happy price

    Superior electric for night driving parts
    Last edited by Michael; 10-26-2017 at 10:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    If the bot was smart it wouldn't post live sports feeds in a DeLorean forum. It would be more like:

    Matching tires for autocar DeLorean happy price

    Superior electric for night driving parts
    You bastard, that second link goes to an audio product

    ...shaddup it worked okay?
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    awe - "Adult" costume wasn't what I was expecting


    I bought two anyway so the bot will get a bonus
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    Oooh hey I caught one mid-spam!

    Before any edits:
    Spam Before.jpg

    After editing a link in:
    Spam After.jpg

    So it seems they're circumventing a few things by posting first, then editing a link in place minutes after. Surely it can't be THAT hard to auto-ban the pricks knowing that?
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    Why not just restrict new registrants to 30 days membership before being able to make the first post? That will help to discourage them. Legitimate newbees will understand and persevere.

    Then, after thirty days, when the Bot finally makes their first post and it's clearly a spam-bot, then ban the SOB (that's Son-Of-a-Bot, of course).

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    Mr. Pickles-mobile Shep's Avatar
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    Because if someone has trouble with their car today, do we want them to miss out on a third of summer over it? Or give our community a bad rap because we're having a slight bit of trouble controlling spam bots?

    Ultimately the best angle is one of least impact. I would rather have a select few spam bots slip through the cracks than lots of legitimate users be exiled due to an oversight. In this case, the behavior is repeatable and one that is incredibly rare to see from a legitimate user. That's what the moderation queue is for, after all -- it's a type of "shadow ban" that lets the moderators review posts before letting them go public, and if they see these are spam bots, it's easy to say "ban" and never return.

    That said, I don't know that there's really any forum software that lets you "catch" users on an edit rather than a post, especially conditionally.
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