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thedillpickl Want to sell stuff on the forum?
Contributor 17th Jul, 2010 01:17
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Take it somewhere else. We ain't interested!

These are nothing more than 'full page ads' as a thread. I suppose the increasing occurrence of advertisement spam on our* forum is inevitable. When you get popular, more people will look at you. When more people look at you, you're a bigger billboard. We are becoming attractive to unwanted spam.

I enjoy telling spammers off as much as the next guy. However, if repeated posts to these spam threads occur, the spam keeps moving to 'the top of the list'. Hopefully, a single post, by an interested member of this forum, will be enough to let the spammer know that we are on to him/her. (If they even receive e-mail at the address they gave to become a user.) Ultimately, Secunia will remove the thread in a timely manner.

http://www.spam-site.com/spam-articles.shtml is a site full of spam information. I haven't given it a thorough look but what I've seen is interesting. (Oddly enough, the page has a link for a 'free' antivirus scan. Yeah, right!)


Regards;

Fred

* Yes, I do take ownership, in part, of this forum. We all should. It will continue to grow only if interested persons such as you and I participate in and improve it.

Thanks to Secunia for giving us the opportunity to make this a reality.

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taffy078 RE: Want to sell stuff on the forum?
Contributor 17th Jul, 2010 09:44
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I agree, Fred.

If this ever becomes a serious threat to the forum, rather than just an annoyance, I'm sure Secunia will consider changing the procedures to register as a new member - if they haven't already..

Some sites have a registration process where you have to input letters/numbers shown in a jumbled, sometime difficult-to-read way in a box - to stop a PC from registering. I can't remember what that's called.

I imagine it would be difficult to stop individuals from registering and then advertising.

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mogs RE: Want to sell stuff on the forum?
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Couldn't they be de-registered rather than being given the green light ?!

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thedillpickl RE: Want to sell stuff on the forum?
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Last edited on 17th Jul, 2010 16:07
on 17th Jul, 2010 09:44, taffy078 wrote:
...Some sites have a registration process where you have to input letters/numbers shown in a jumbled, sometime difficult-to-read way in a box - to stop a PC from registering. I can't remember what that's called. ...


Annoying.

But (ahem), seriously, yes Secunia can remove a user from the forum. That would not prevent them from getting another username & password.


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mogs RE: Want to sell stuff on the forum?
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So we return to the fact that being careless or unmindful, or deliberately fraudulent or devious, with regard to one's identity/name/profile....some feel "freer" to abuse any system/good work etcetera ? God only knows where it leads ? Overmuch scrutiny? More or less security? Some high towers may be saved by more vetting ?!! China isn't "sleeping"?!

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taffy078 RE: Want to sell stuff on the forum?
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Fred - I've just found that the code to which I referred is an 'image verification code".

Computer-generated searches can rip your mail and search for text and number (and combinations) & use this info when registering. But if it is an image there is no chance that an automated system can recognize the letters and numbers embedded into that image.
aka CAPTCHA - see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAPTCHA

for details/examples.

All of the forum spammers we have seen here have been new posters and I was assuming that most/all were via a computer-generated application to register, rather than from an individual.

I might be wrong but I haven't got the time to verify my gut-feelings! I'm just relieved that all of them up to now have been for office furniture or 'how to pass exams'. Thank goodness no viagra, russian pin-ups looking for a friend or expensive watches adverts!

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