Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

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Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby some seeing eye » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:30 pm

ePlaya has great moderators. But we are in the busy time of the year and the spammers are attacking. Like zombies they keep coming. I wouldn't mind if new account creation was shut down until say Sept 5th. The sign up page could explain why.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby CrispyDave » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:32 pm

Or we just keep flagging them, darn Zombie Spammers...
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Homiesinheaven » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:44 pm

but dude, когда дети знакомятся с буквами алфавита и учатся запоминать ихxxxxxxxxxx!
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby danibel » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:46 pm

Flagging doesn't do anything to stop them from posting again and again. It's a just a ping to the mods to delete the post. At least from what I understand.

I fully support disabling new accounts through the burn. With the proper notes on sign up pages, ect.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby TT120 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:56 pm

I'm wondering why they post stuff like that. It doesn't even make any sense. Just random words strung together.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby danibel » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:52 pm

"You can't make logic of an idiot's decision" - Kristen Brown.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Token » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:34 pm

Problem with a ban is lots of folks create accounts to buy/sell tickets this time o year.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Sham » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:00 pm

There are lots of sleeper spam accounts that snuck in here. They are all set up, but have yet to spew their commerce.
It's really crazy, but this morning there were two attaching at the same time. I will hopefully have some access near center camp this year, and will swat what I can.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby danibel » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:13 pm

Shambala wrote:There are lots of sleeper spam accounts that snuck in here. They are all set up, but have yet to spew their commerce.
It's really crazy, but this morning there were two attaching at the same time. I will hopefully have some access near center camp this year, and will swat what I can.
I do cringe when firing up my computer after 8 hours of travel.


Thanks Shambala for manning the ship while at sea. I so rarely catch spam on eplaya. One time I saw one, I posted a reply and Savannah sent me a PM to tell me it's best to leave them alone and just click the !.

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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Jackass » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:19 am

Can't the mods just kill the spambot's account, tons of this spam is coming from just 3 or 4 of these guys??
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby some seeing eye » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:24 am

Check with the tech team. Mods should be able to connect to the hub router in a low dust spot for priority access. Bring an ethernet cable and thingie for your laptop if it needs one.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby BBadger » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:56 pm

Jackass wrote:Can't the mods just kill the spambot's account, tons of this spam is coming from just 3 or 4 of these guys??


If they're all using the same IP, but that isn't really that common. I know on my own servers I categorically block certain countries (sorry Macedonia) and even continents (I don't want the Asian flu) from connecting, but I don't know if that would fly here.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Sham » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:35 pm

There are multiple IP address and even similar names. They appear to be coming in batches of 40 each slammed pretty fast. I am pretty sure they have the dates of the event, because this happened last year. We will do our best to keep things in check.

Interestingly enough, I don't think anyone has ever bought any of this knock off shit from them, but they keep trying. :roll:
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:23 pm

Shambala wrote:Interestingly enough, I don't think anyone has ever bought any of this knock off shit from them, but they keep trying. :roll:


This is the point I can't wrap my head around. Out of the thousands of posts and millions of spam emails, how many actually result in $$ at all? How can it possibly be profitable to generate this crap, even at 3rd world pay scales?
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Straightveg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:14 pm

BoyScoutGirl wrote:
Shambala wrote:Interestingly enough, I don't think anyone has ever bought any of this knock off shit from them, but they keep trying. :roll:


This is the point I can't wrap my head around. Out of the thousands of posts and millions of spam emails, how many actually result in $$ at all? How can it possibly be profitable to generate this crap, even at 3rd world pay scales?


I'm still trying to figure why they're bothering to post in what looks like Russian on a predominantly English-speaking board.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Sham » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:31 pm

For the most part, I don't think this is a Coach Bag crowd either.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby delle » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:10 am

It doesn't matter if anyone buys anything. These folks are paid for posting.

"Use your PC to make money from home" usually = posting ads.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby shroom » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:17 am

I think shutting down new accounts until after the burn would be a good idea. It would have to cut down on some of it.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:03 am

I'll bet a lot of last-minute birgins are logging in right now, for panicky advice.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby MrMullen » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:17 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:I'll bet a lot of last-minute birgins are logging in right now, for panicky advice.



Then they should be prepared to have an ePlaya account earlier. In fact, the Virgin Introduction Newsletter (VIN) should clearly state that Virgins should get an ePlaya account and start reading. The Saturday before Burning Man starts, don't allow anyone to create accounts.

What would also help is that you just make some regular posters to ePlaya moderators for the week. I would have been more than happy to be a Spam Clean Up Guy for the week.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby shroom » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:45 pm

I surprised at how many are asking for tickets still. Everyone's gone! too late!!
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby TT120 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:03 pm

MrMullen wrote:What would also help is that you just make some regular posters to ePlaya moderators for the week. I would have been more than happy to be a Spam Clean Up Guy for the week.


I would have volunteered for that as well. I get a perverse satisfaction from killing spam on my forum, don't see why this one would be any different.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby shroom » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:50 am

I'd be happy to delete the spam too!
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Sail Man » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:24 am

BoyScoutGirl wrote:
Shambala wrote:Interestingly enough, I don't think anyone has ever bought any of this knock off shit from them, but they keep trying. :roll:


This is the point I can't wrap my head around. Out of the thousands of posts and millions of spam emails, how many actually result in $$ at all? How can it possibly be profitable to generate this crap, even at 3rd world pay scales?



Well, ummmmm, :oops: I'll be sure to let you all know how the penis enlargement goes, complete with pictures. :mrgreen:

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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:16 pm

IMHO the unmonitored last-minute ticket & ride posts are another valid argument for shutting down eplaya registration when the mods leave the building.

Surprised I haven't seen more burner merch posts this year, though I guess that's mostly on the craigslist & such now.

Could be worse. I'd volunteer for menial mod duties if I weren't chronically plagued w/ a crappy machine & ISP.
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Re: Shut down new account creation until after the Burn?

Postby gyre » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:16 pm

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