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The night of the long knives - I've deleted over 300 members

 
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Zapatoo_the_Tiger
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: The night of the long knives - I've deleted over 300 members Reply with quote

Folks,

You may or may not have spotted a series of inappropriate posts recently in the forum...actually, I hope you haven't spotted much, because that means I've been getting to them before they're widely noticed.

Some of these posts are of a sexual nature, some relating to "pharmaceutical" products, some linking to gambling sites, some offering software, just plain pranksters etc. etc.

Most of these posts come from new "members" and get posted overnight (U.K. time) and many of these originate from "members" with email addresses ending iwith a common country code.

I have not only deleted all these irrelevant posts and the "members" who posted them, but I have taken steps that I hope will ensure that it is not possible for these entities to register again.

Additionaly, I felt I was on a roll Shocked and decided to clean up the member list by deleting all members who have joined, but not posted anything (except for a handful of IDs/names I'd recognised).

I went all the way back to when this version of the forum started (May 2003) and discovered quite a few "members" with dubious charactersitics in their profiles. These have been removed.

In all, I've "canned" around 350 users Exclamation Exclamation

If this approach has been too "enthusiastic" and I've deleted someone in error who logs in to view (though not post) then I apologise for that, but please understand this forum encourages active participants...provided the activity isn't "inappropriate".

I will be keeping a closer eye on the validity of newly-registered members, though I don't expect to be heavy-handed about this.

Best as always - carry on enjoying this place - respect - Zap Cool Cool
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Bosssounds
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sorting out the wheat from the chaff Zap. Another related post arrived at 4.34pm today (8th) - 'Health and Beauty' topic.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Marc - that wasn't the first one today, either - unfortunately, the origins of these "members" were not specific enough to be caught by the ban I've imposed...Confused
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door peeper
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice going Zap.
The trouble is maybe somewhere there is a genuine posting.
I saw the post here a couple of days ago about a girl needing money for medical help - 'yeah right' I thought, but on reflection some poor person may actually be asking for genuine help but will be lost in the sea of cheats and rip-off posts.
I have no answer and am as cynical as the rest of us now. All the 'I am the wife of the Emperor of Mali and have a business proposition for you...........' type emails have hardened me to deleting all emails seeking help or assistance.
Bit of a sad world when you get like that isn't it. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is, Mike - I've been a bit Draconian too these last few days - if something inappropriate to this place appears, I've deleted it straightaway, inspected the user's profile for certain characteristics (to see if can make a "blanket" ban on such users) and then deleted the user.

Also, if I spot a dodgy-looking new member, I'll inspect the characteristics and then maybe delete them there and then.

I am indeed cynical whenever I see anything that says how sick someone is and asking for money...or similar stuff Confused
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could set the approval of users to "administrator". I do it with my forum and it works. Maybe it's a waste of time because you have to approve new users, but is better than deleting messages and false-users.

Send me a PM if you have any problem Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its not reggae related why post here at all? Damn spammers...

BAN THEM ALL! Surprised
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door peeper
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent point WJ. And indeed one I missed when thinking about this problem.
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

giorgioboss wrote:
You could set the approval of users to "administrator". I do it with my forum and it works. Maybe it's a waste of time because you have to approve new users, but is better than deleting messages and false-users.

Send me a PM if you have any problem Wink
Thanks GB, I hadn';t thought of that and will look into this to see if this feature is available. It won't be too much hassle as I'm in and out of the forum like a fiddler's elbow Smile

willis Jaxon wrote:
If its not reggae related why post here at all? Damn spammers...
...true up to a point, WJ - though a little bit of related OT is welcomed...Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I'm getting a couple of dodgy users per day at the moment - however, I'm catching these more quickly now...Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So unfair!!

What if I need **** (I don't), or penile enlargement (I don't - swear it!) or tips on stocks that will make me enough money that I can quit my job?

What Lord Acton said can certainly apply in this case: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Infinite power corrupts infinitely. And cheese gives me gas."

Heed these words!!! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If any dodgy users sign up, Rosko mate - I'll remember to copy the links in their posts (before I delete the user) and email 'em to you Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps I was a bit hasty...

Death to spammers!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Help , my name is Dj Breizmattazz i'm the son of the well known "king of boogy" Prince Tahutera.
I had your adress on Sit Tempest mailing list ...
My country is a period of little trouble , footbalistiquely (what Zinedane will do on football world cup?), and politiquely (war beetwen Trojan Skins & Pama soulies).
I ask you to help us to bring back French Gascony under H.I.M EIIR 's crown.
So every financial help is welcome (strong interest) or in "nature" send us your records , we'll send you back as soon as our goal will be achieved...

Send to:
Prince Tahutera
c/o Don Gione e Dragone
Cell 5446
High security prison
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm making a parcel up of my records even as I type - they'll be in the post first thing Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
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