Posts Tagged ‘spam’

Killing cformsII contact form SPAM with regex

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

It used to be a trickle of two or three a day, but lately we've been hammered with hundreds of automated SPAM submissions through the cformsII contact form plugin we use with WordPress. The contact form feeds into a Google Groups mailing list that forwards to the whole team. 99%...

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A look at our spammer friends

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Akismet spam filter service we use on blog comments seems to be letting lots of spam through lately. We're moderating all comments with links, as well as first time posters. That requires human interaction and increases lag between posting and seeing a comment, so we'll continue to look for...

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Comments with links will require manual approval due to spam overload

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We are being spammed like crazy and the a kismet filter seems helpless to stop it. Until we can get a handle on it all comments with any links at all will have to be manually approved. So sorry for the inconvenience, we're working on a custom plugin based on...

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We get letters: More SEO and Realize Inc rapid prototyping spam

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I need your help. Realize Inc. is a competitor of mine. I fired my SEO firm for spamming everyone. However, I'm now on page 2 while Realize is top of page 1. They have an unfair advantage over me because I won't engage in spamming practices. Is there any way...

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phpBB3 spam hammer v1.0.0 for AUTOMOD

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

A few months ago we introduced our spam filter for phpBB3 forums that prohibits links for new users. Since installing it we've had zero, none, nada new forum spam. We're happy to announce release v1.0.0 of the filter. It's now packaged for the phpBB3 AUTOMOD install system. We also submitted...

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ANTI-SPAM MOD: Disable links to fight spam in phpBB3

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Spam poured in after our recent move to a phpBB3 forum. Captchas, registration questions, and other measures only stopped the stupidest scripts and annoyed everyone. No more of that cat and mouse game, we're trying something new. We deny spammers what they want: most links are now disabled for new...

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