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Post by Merlin Jones » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:53 am

Is there now a problem with Forum Moderation?
I ask because of the obvious spamming and lack of timely response, both features seemingly unheard of, back in the day. That said, back after the Manchester bombing, bile was both posted and permitted, apparently because all Moderators were busy with Wonderfest.

SSM Forums have always been good places to visit, for a wide variety of reasons, but largely due to the efficacy of the Moderation. It'd be a shame to lose what was once so good, so please...can the Moderators extract their digits.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by southwestforests » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:07 am

Every one of those 20 or so posts, and more, by memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=17874 are spam.
Full of links to probably not even deity knows where they actually go.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by southwestforests » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:08 am

As of 08:08, twenty-six posts.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Slartibartfast » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:52 am

Michaelken needs an application of the ban hammer.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Lonewolf » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:37 am

Why stop at a hammer. Use a ban nuke . . . from orbit. Cuz it's the only way to be certain. :P
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by mophius » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:08 pm

He never leaves their phone numbers. ](*,) :-X
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by JustPlainJim » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:18 pm

I think an application of an oxy-acetylene torch to the soles of his feet may show him the errors of his ways. :twisted:
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Post by Kylwell » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm

We're here voluntarily. We catch stuff faster than you might realize. For every spam you see we've most likely deleted 3 more. We do our best but there's a limited # of us.
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Post by JustPlainJim » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:41 pm

Sorry Kywell - I meant that for the spammer, NOT the mods! :oops:
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Merlin Jones » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:08 am

Kylwell wrote:
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm
We're here voluntarily. We catch stuff faster than you might realize. For every spam you see we've most likely deleted 3 more. We do our best but there's a limited # of us.
So you need more of you. I doubt very much that you guys are lacking trustworthy contemporaries, so please recruit some of 'em before the trolls become an issue.

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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by SCI-FI » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 am

Absent some "master gatekeeper" filter to keep the spammers out, it seems this forum needs a few more sheriffs (known "good" people) with a delete power, or at least the ability to knock spam into a holding cell, non-displayable until a mod reviews it.

Just my 2c.

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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by naoto » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:39 am

SCI-FI wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 am
Absent some "master gatekeeper" filter to keep the spammers out, it seems this forum needs a few more sheriffs (known "good" people) with a delete power, or at least the ability to knock spam into a holding cell, non-displayable until a mod reviews it.

Just my 2c.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Saturn » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:50 am

SCI-FI wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 am
Absent some "master gatekeeper" filter to keep the spammers out, it seems this forum needs a few more sheriffs (known "good" people) with a delete power, or at least the ability to knock spam into a holding cell, non-displayable until a mod reviews it.

Just my 2c.
It may be simpler to restrict newbie accounts from posting embedded pics or links. e.g they have to reach a minimum of 100 posts before they're allowed.

And you can plonk users now by adding them to your "Foes" list. I Foe'd "Michaelken" and I'm no longer seeing his spamposts.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Seyms67 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:42 am

You've got a massive problem as that spammer is back…

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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Tracy White » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:14 am

I've helped moderate forums in the past and would volunteer here. As it is I need to remember to not try and come here during work now because of the images they're embedding.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by naoto » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:22 am

Tracy White wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:14 am
I've helped moderate forums in the past and would volunteer here. As it is I need to remember to not try and come here during work now because of the images they're embedding.
One of the downsides of allowing inline images. Have noticed a few recent examples of porn spam posts with NSFW (Not Safe For Work) / NSFK (Not Safe For Kids) inline images.
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Post by Saturn » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:30 am

it's not simply porn, "Dating" is code-word for prostitution and sex trafficking. It's way beyond NSFW.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by irishtrek » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:49 pm

Prostitution and sex trafficking??? Shouldn't some one contact the FBI or their local police???
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by onezero » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:14 pm

All these new features .... who knew they were ripe for abuse?

We're working on it. Still a learning curve. Your patience is appreciated.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by southwestforests » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:41 pm

onezero wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:14 pm
Your patience is appreciated.
I'm a neurological, endocrine, and arthritis patient, is that close enough?
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Wug » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:25 am

Is it possible for a new members first post or first few posts go through a moderator before they hit the board?

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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by DaveVan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:42 am

Kylwell wrote:
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm
We're here voluntarily. We catch stuff faster than you might realize. For every spam you see we've most likely deleted 3 more. We do our best but there's a limited # of us.
Been kinda a Spam war of late......You guys do pretty well....maybe time to change sign up requirements.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Zubie » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:26 am

One of the other forums I participate in only allows posting of links after the 10th regular post. Since the spammers are invariably always including links, this might solve some of the problems. Subsequently, a similar limit to images until the 10th regular post might do the same trick. Also limiting the number of posts per time interval (say 1/hr) for a similar initial probationary period might do the trick to. All of these seem to be things that could be more or less automated, but it does depend on how much of this has been implemented by the forum software and available for use. Otherwise doing this manually would be a real headache.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Richard Baker » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:17 am

Only problem with the automated screening system mentioned above is that Spammers have already worked out ways around these countermeasures. A couple of forums I visit get hit first with new member posts containing gibberish or nonsensical posts so many times until they meet the required number of posts to use links/images, then WHAM- Russian Bride Heaven visits the modeling world.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by E-Dub » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:56 pm

Irishtrek wrote
Prostitution and sex trafficking??? Shouldn't some one contact the FBI or their local police???
Let them find their own hookers.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Vorlon2257 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:41 pm

naoto wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:39 am
SCI-FI wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 am
Absent some "master gatekeeper" filter to keep the spammers out, it seems this forum needs a few more sheriffs (known "good" people) with a delete power, or at least the ability to knock spam into a holding cell, non-displayable until a mod reviews it.

Just my 2c.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by irishtrek » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:22 pm

And he's back yet again. He started a thread under general Sci-Fi Modleing and is going by the user name of Jimmy Actisa.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by Merlin Jones » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:32 am

This Forum clearly no longer has active, 24/7 moderation.
There's simply no substitute for someone being able to see a New Post and to then kick it into quarantine, at the very, very least.
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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by zysurge » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:22 am

Merlin Jones wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:32 am
This Forum clearly no longer has active, 24/7 moderation.
There's simply no substitute for someone being able to see a New Post and to then kick it into quarantine, at the very, very least.
People have lives, and this is a *free* forum, so nobody's getting paid to moderate.

Yeah, SPAM is annoying, but just scroll past it.

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Re: Forum Moderation

Post by naoto » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:06 am

zysurge wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:22 am
Merlin Jones wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:32 am
This Forum clearly no longer has active, 24/7 moderation.
There's simply no substitute for someone being able to see a New Post and to then kick it into quarantine, at the very, very least.
People have lives, and this is a *free* forum, so nobody's getting paid to moderate.

Yeah, SPAM is annoying, but just scroll past it.
You can also add the spammer to the foe list -- that way the body of the posts aren't displayed (the posts aren't removed, however -- but at least you're not scrolling through the text of that post nor have to see NSFW images). To do this, click on the poster name, then select "add foe"
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