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mrichter 09-17-2008 11:04 AM

Comments
 
Ras,

I justg received a comment on one of my coins. As with many of the comments I recieve it was some kind of spam with nonsensical words combined witrh URLs that look suspiscious.

I like the comment feature a lot but I get about 3 times more of this type of comment than I do actual comments about the coin. Is there a way to change the comment feature to give us the choice to accept comments from anyone or limit it to registered users?

Regards,

Matt

rasiel 09-17-2008 04:17 PM

matt, let me try addressing this by putting a captcha on the comments page. if this doesn't work then i'll have the programmers do as you suggest and allow to limit only to signed in users.

please advise,
ras

mrichter 09-17-2008 06:31 PM

Ras,

I don't know what a captcha is but anything that will stop the goobldygook is fine by me.

I received two of these mtypes of messages today.

Matt

rasiel 09-17-2008 06:34 PM

oh, sorry about the technojargon hehe! the captcha is the "enter the code on this box" type of thing you see on many websites. it's now next to any comment so hopefully it'll stem the tide of spammers a bit. if that doesn't work i can have the comment tool remade - which i might end up doing anyway.

ras

Saturninos 09-29-2008 01:48 PM

Wowgold -- Repeated Spams
 
I have been getting spam inserted as comments on some of my coins for the last couple of weeks. They are all from the same spammer. This is getting through even though I turned off the "allow comment function". I'm getting an average of about 6 to 8 per day. I continue to delete them but I'm wondering if you are already aware of this?

mrichter 09-30-2008 03:24 PM

I was getting about two per day. Yesterday only one. None today. They seem tp hit my gold coins the most.

Matt

rasiel 09-30-2008 07:08 PM

ok guys, gimme a couple days to come up with a better solution. sorry the hassle.

ras

Saturninos 10-15-2008 01:03 PM

Wow - Gold -- Repeated Spams
 
Hi: Repeated spams are still coming through even though I have my comments feature turned off. I just got eleven new one in a matter of minutes. How are they getting through since I have the no comments allowed feature activated? Is there something else that I should be doing to keep them out? Thanks,

rasiel 10-15-2008 01:30 PM

hmmmm... that is indeed concerning. i just spoke to one of the programmers and he will check into it today.

to give a bit of a rundown, this forum is one of the most popular out there. it is not native code to tantalus but simply added on top for the sake of convenience. because it's a very popular program used by many websites it is a juicy target for spammers. user registration happens through the forum even though this is largely behind the scenes. the commenting feature on the coin records should not be tied into the forum code but it might.

rest assured i have this at the top of my to-do list and expect a solution this week.

ras

rasiel 10-16-2008 11:46 AM

the commenting spams problem should be taken care of now. please advise otherwise.

thanks,
ras

Scotvs Capitis 12-07-2008 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by rasiel
the commenting spams problem should be taken care of now. please advise otherwise.

thanks,
ras


Ras,

I just deleted a bunch of them that were dated the 17th of October, perhaps they were just dated wrong due to time zone stuff?

Scotvs Capitis 12-09-2008 11:00 AM

And some fresh ones today, man these guys are annoying. Do they really think spamming is an effective business model? I suppose it must work somehow, or they wouldn't take the time to do it. What idiots follow these links?

mrichter 12-09-2008 03:09 PM

I have been getting two a day again for about a week now. These are in some type of oriental character writing (chinese?). The ones I was getting a whaile back were in english

rasiel 12-09-2008 04:25 PM

ok guys, i will get the programmers to look into this again. i got one in chinese this morning too. scott, don't think any one guy is taking the trouble to write those spams. well, one did of course, it's just that afterwards they use a program called a bot (for robot) that then goes out to thousands of websites and repeats a script to insert the message in as many boards as possible. this is the bane of message board admins because as soon as you plug one loophole they think of another exploit.

for this we came up with a captcha system (the enter the code above thing). bots can't decipher it so the system denies their comment. but clever bot scripts think of ways around it. it's fascinating the strategies they use really. i gotta give them credit for how inventive they get. but not so much that it's worth me getting the spam myself ;-)

i'm heading off to africa soon for a few weeks of safari. i really hope to have tantalus as stable as possible. while i'm gone i will leave the site to the care of my trusty programmers and for everyday admin i still expect to be reachable by email though it might take me a day or two.

my email is rasiel at dirtyoldbooks.com

ras

Scotvs Capitis 12-10-2008 11:34 AM

Wow, have a great safari! Sounds awesome! :)

mrichter 12-18-2008 01:35 PM

Ras,

I've turned off the comments from my accountg. This moring I was hit with 15 comments on 4 coins. All of them were in some type of asian characters.

Don't know why this is being done or whatg purpose it serves but if people want to comment on the coin thay can still use the messages.

Matt


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