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We appear to be getting flooded with p**n spammers and drug sellers, I was womdering if anything can be done to weed these idiots out, before they are allowed even a first post?
Perhaps adding all new members to a moderators queue so their posts have to be reviewed before going live...........I don't mind volunteering as it is, seems a lot easier than having to even use the 'one touch clean and ban' (which I have to say is a good feature).

This is assuming there is such a control available.........anyway see what you think, I just don't think having these images and drug sales pitches is doing the site much good, even if dealt with fairly swiftly, don't forget the bots are able to pick all this stuff up, but not if they were never aired !
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I agree, onetouch clean and ban is good, but its not completely removing the thread. I have to go back after banning and completely delete the thread. If we don't, it leaves a dead thread on the forum pages.

I think that is a excellent idea. Even if these bots can read the confirmation code, their membership should be approved.

It's getting out of hand and SOMETHING needs to be done.
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Something does have to be done. I am currently researching and implementing new anti-bot and anti-spam counter-measures. Thanks for volunteering to moderate new members cyclic and Trooper. I will look into this and let you know shortly.
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As if that wasn;t bad enough, one of our less bright individuals has reported me for posting pron links, now I know some users are a bit slow on the uptake but this one takes the biscuit. I wont be helping her in future if her response to answering a question is unwarranted maliciousness.
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Well this is just beyond a joke now. Let me know when this BS is over and i'll return.
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I have removed and banned over a dozen spammers in the last 2 days, surely there must be a setting that means any new registrants must have their first post moderated to prevent all this crap getting to the boards, anyone looking with a view to joining must think it's a waste of time.
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It seems like the spam is under a little better control. I am still planning on implementing a new captcha system to stop this new generation of bots from registering.

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The forum has surpassed 4800 posts!
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It seems like the spam is under a little better control. I am still planning on implementing a new captcha system to stop this new generation of bots from registering.

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The forum has surpassed 4800 posts!
Well I disagree. cyclic and I have been STILL been deleting unacceptable amounts of rubbish posts. What exactly have you done if anything?

I've been keeping an eye on the new registered members in recent times, and i'm sure that more than half of them are bots.

And yes, i'm not very pleased about how this forum is run, and i'm at the end of my patience.

I appreciate that you are probably very busy, but this once every two weeks administration just does not work.
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Hello Trooper, I appreciate your feedback. You are right about the spam it is relentless. I have implemented counter measures that moderate posts from new users that contain flagged keywords. This helped keep some of the spam from public view but it did not stop the new generation of bots from registering. However, I have just finished a custom registration mod (Automaton-Be-Gone). It is still very basic but I will refine it until the reg-bots are shut out.
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