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  • Ubiquitous spam postings as of late.

    It's been the case that several times a day, lately, a newly registered member with minimal personal information makes a solitary first post as a comment to an existing thread which consists of a totally irrelevant cut-and-paste of random text with a sometimes hidden URL link as the last characters. Wingman, Casey, myself, several others get email notifications of forum posts and take these reply posts down within a short period of time.

    In view of the quantity of these URL link-containing spam reply posts, is there any easy administrative fix in posting permissions that would not otherwise infringe on our otherwise open door registration and posting policy ? If there is no obvious easy fix or if such fix would require a less welcoming and easy registration and posting for legitemate newcomers, I propose that we continue to manually delete irrelevant spam as we have been doing lately.
    Respects, Bob ...

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    I just found out for some reason that by default vbulletin allows users to post before their email is verified, I turned that off, hopefully that will help, if not I could set it that new users can't post links or their posts go into a moderation queue.

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    • #3
      From the methodology I sense being used (create a membership, post a spam URL at the end of some off-topic cut-and-paste text), I feel that email verification thing would do the trick. I will report further developments in this thread. Thanks a bunch.

      Also, Papasmurf (from your last flight) typed in Discord that he was having trouble registering. He hailed you for help with a "@Kalo".

      Registered an account on msflights.net however once I try to log in.. Nothing happens.. Any info on this or suggestions on a remedy? Would like to log some hours if you're still taking on pilots! @Kalo(edited)
      April 22, 2021
      @popasurf
      Registered an account on msflights.net however once I try to log in.. Nothing happens.. Any info on this or suggestions on a remedy? Would like to log some hours if you're still taking on pilots! @Kalo(edited)
      Respects, Bob ...

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      • #4
        Thanks Kalo. I think that should do the trick, but if not, I'd be OK with a first-post-requires-moderation/approval feature. Given the speed at which we (someone) addresses SPAM, I think we'd be good about getting first-posts approved in reasonable time.
        Take the time, a second to soar; for soon after, beckons a second more.

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        • #5
          I encountered the first spam posting I have been email notified of in several days. South Korea IP location. Outlook.com email address. IP address reported frequently as spam according to Google. I'm sure other interested admins receive email notifications of posts on which those admins can read the spam post content.
          Respects, Bob ...

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