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Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:07 am

Because as I'm sure you're all thinking too, this is ridiculous. Moderators can delete stuff, right? Block users, etc. (I realize new names will just sign up, but when so many are from the same name...).

So why aren't pages of spam posts being deleted? (I am asking out of a sincere unknowing, not to be snarky).

'splain to someone who doesn't know how the Wizard does things behind the curtain, please.

And my offer to lend a hand (in deleting them as they pop up) still stands.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:08 am

Only moderators can delete said threads.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:34 am

C.f.M. wrote:Because as I'm sure you're all thinking too, this is ridiculous. Moderators can delete stuff, right? Block users, etc. (I realize new names will just sign up, but when so many are from the same name...).

So why aren't pages of spam posts being deleted? (I am asking out of a sincere unknowing, not to be snarky).

'splain to someone who doesn't know how the Wizard does things behind the curtain, please.

And my offer to lend a hand (in deleting them as they pop up) still stands.


This moderator resigned, and no, not because of spam. I still have my mod powers, but I'm not using them, other than to see how many spam reports are in. Right now there's a mod online, whacking away. It takes a bit of time to catch up. There are other mods, but no one babysits the board 24/7. In fact, I was whacking spam until around noon yesterday. But I'd resigned, so I stopped deleting the spam posts, didn't make sense to keep working on it.

These bots are particularly aggressive. If their posts aren't taken down right away, they post more and faster. If their posts are deleted right away, they come back with a different username. The solution has to be more fundamental than human mods.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:38 am

Awesome!^^^
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:40 am

This is why I haven't bumped or added anything to that "critical" thing that I organize.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Drawingablank » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:43 am

OMG - now they are spamming the anti spam threads.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:03 am

is there a way to grant "spamkiller" powers, without the full "moderator" powers or position?
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:05 am

Shooting fish in a barrel is faster with a shotgun.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:06 am

ygmir wrote:is there a way to grant "spamkiller" powers, without the full "moderator" powers or position?


Yeah, I know nobody can watch 24/7 (though we could probably come close, as addicted as some of you are), but I could at least get a start @ 9a.m. EST, just to clean it up.

Why can't they use whatever they did on the last board?
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:07 am

Because AntiM "resigned".
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:16 am

ygmir wrote:is there a way to grant "spamkiller" powers, without the full "moderator" powers or position?


No, you get full powers. I did put up a name for discussion and she is agreeable, but I can't make it happen.

Also, mods CANNOT block users or we'd be done with this nonsense.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:18 am

so, you have a replacement in training?
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:19 am

if i had a hammer...i'd hammer in the morning.


i'd hammer in the evening.


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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:22 am

oneeyeddick wrote:Because AntiM "resigned".


And what did she/you do that was so specific and special, that the other mods can't do?
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:23 am

C.f.M. wrote:
oneeyeddick wrote:Because AntiM "resigned".


And what did she/you do that was so specific and special, that the other mods can't do?

Other mods gotta show up.........She was here way, way more.
IMHO, that is.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:27 am

ygmir wrote:
C.f.M. wrote:
oneeyeddick wrote:Because AntiM "resigned".


And what did she/you do that was so specific and special, that the other mods can't do?

Other mods gotta show up.........She was here way, way more.
IMHO, that is.



Yep, a simple matter of being able to jump in online more often. I don't work outside the home, so when I take a break from my busy hausfrau day of painting and gardening, I could hit eplaya, delete a dozen spam posts and move on. If I did this several times a day, I'd get all the spam, you never even saw it.

AKA I don't have a life, according to some buttmunchers.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:29 am

and, I knew that, but many didn't.........you dear Aunti, were "Da Best".........and will be missed in that capacity, as mod.
I'm so glad you're still hangin, though.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:29 am

Gotcha. So, it is not that with the new board there is more spam/an less efficient spam preventor. The reason we are having more spam is because there is nobody to delete it before it can fill up the board.

Also, the "please review this before you post" is annoying.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:30 am

im not sure who to hate more, Mr. ButtMunch or Spammers...


tough call.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:33 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:im not sure who to hate more, Mr. ButtMunch or Spammers...


tough call.



I'd go with "Buttmunch" he's on purpose, and with animosity. He's a narcissistic turd bag, who will shit in the punchbowl, if not paid enough attention, and, ruin things for everyone, just to make his point.

Spammers, are just sweatshop employees looking for rubles in Belaruse and Romania, tryin to feed their babooshkas.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:36 am

My post vanished!

The spam preventer is also less effective. Combine that with me not whacking away, and you have a Spamfest.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:37 am

ygmir wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:im not sure who to hate more, Mr. ButtMunch or Spammers...


tough call.



I'd go with "Buttmunch" he's on purpose, and with animosity. He's a narcissistic turd bag, who will shit in the punchbowl, if not paid enough attention, and, ruin things for everyone, just to make his point.

Spammers, are just sweatshop employees looking for rubles in Belaruse and Romania, tryin to feed their babooshkas.


I'd have to delete that if I were a mod anymore.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:38 am

no names were mentioned in the butt munching process.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:41 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:no names were mentioned in the butt munching process.


Hasn't stopped the fuss in past years.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:43 am

Rhymes with LIAR...


he can suck it....come after me and there will be repercussions.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:49 am

I've had several posts say they went through, but they didn't show up.
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:49 am

I have the strong urge to say "Back on topic, please."
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby Just_Joe » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:59 am

Thank you, Anti-M, for all you've done for the forum. It's obvious that you have had a huge impact on the smoothivity of the board above and beyond your actual comments and suggestions. IMHO, the BMorg should have offered you a compensation package commensurate with your true value!
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There are lots and lots of modifications/applets/gadgets for reducing spam on phpbb bulletin boards.
From requiring bots (computer programs) to answer questions when registering (What color is a banana?)
to
not displaying a post that has admin defined keywords (viagra, prescription, vajayjay)
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requiring a user to be a member for X days before posting
to
holding a members first post or two for moderator approval.

That Spanky person is the one that has the power to do this stuff.
Maybe when he fixes the css to eliminate the "blue" pages...
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:17 am

Spanky is indeed, the man!
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Re: Please explain why spam can't be deleted.

Postby jkisha » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:21 am

Me too. I mentioned this in a post the other day, but since nobody else said anything, I thought it might just be something unique to me posting on the iPad or something.
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