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Bkruppa



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Location: Fremont, Ca, USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:44 am    Post subject: Idiot postings Reply with quote

I realize the enormous amount of time Shocked it takes for the administrators to maintain this site, but is it possible to see an implementation of stargate's (I believe) idea of not allowing any postings until you have completed or at least taken a few turns in a game. The frequency of annoying and perverted postings from non-members seems to be growing and perhaps this would dissuade the situation somewhat. Thanks for your consideration in advance Wink
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stargate



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Location: North Attleboro, Ma USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggested a minimum number of completed games Twisted Evil

question --- how many REAL new players make posts to the forum
in thier first few games vs. the SPAM posts

I see that someone posted X-Rated pictures yesterday Sad Sad
this is something none of us want see on any game site
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HappyProle
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking that's probably what we'll have to do. I had been hesitant to do it because then a new player couldn't ask questions like: "How do I join a game?" without having first joined a game.

But those types of posts are rare, and certainly we could just post a FAQ to help with that. Stay tuned...
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Bkruppa



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your attention, keep up the great work on this wonderful site Razz
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nearsider



Joined: 22 Jan 06
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I see that someone posted X-Rated pictures yesterday
this is something none of us want see on any game site


Especially since some of us play from work...
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craw-daddy



Joined: 09 Feb 06
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Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do make a FAQ, you could always insert a notification that you can't post until you join (or complete) a game because it's one of your anti-spam measures.

(Of course this just serves to give notice to any spammer that happens to read the FAQ, which isn't probably (m)any of them...)

Fortunately, it's usually pretty easy to see which of the new messages are spam since their topics rarely have anything to do with any of the games played here, or anything even remotely relevant to games/gaming/etc.

Unfortunately (maybe?), I'm starting to agree more and more with those people who say that spam will be the death of the internet and e-mail as we know it. Sad
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mrbass



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

on doom9 all new users must wait 5 weeks before posting. Sure that ticks off the masses but having spam posts is vastly eliminated for the most part. I say having one complete game is not a harsh requirement to post in the forum at all.
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HappyProle
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't even think you'd need a complete game. I think just joining a game and taking even one turn would be enough to solve the problem. At least that's where I'd start.
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freduk



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, but have the FAQ very prominent on the first (or every) page, and have it in place before the anti-spam measures.
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HappyProle
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think we'll sticky it in a prominent location. We're way overdue for a FAQ anyway.
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spearjr



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding a few forum admins who can delete spam posts would also help, although not solve the problem. (Yes I'm volunteering to help in this way.)
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Mabi



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert on this, but I think that just a slight change in the url could be enough to throw off the bots, for example something like 'sbwposting.php' instead of 'posting.php'. I have never seen any spam on mabiweb forum, and the only reason I can think of is that my instance of phpbb has a non-standard url (because it's integrated in php-nuke).
But I don't really know how the spam-bots work, so I could be wrong.
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stargate



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I volunteer for the spam police also
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Alashar



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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject: Idiot postings Reply with quote

I volunteer to join the spam police force too. Would we get to wear a shiny badge?
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phil



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Idiot postings Reply with quote

Alashar wrote:
I volunteer to join the spam police force too. Would we get to wear a shiny badge?

Yes, but the badge itself is made out of spam. Sorry. Razz
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