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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

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Anyone seen them lately?
Lost in a sea of spam.

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clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Alas, the spam is the most activity we've seen here in months. :(

Has an admin been informed? I don't see an option for doing so any more...

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

in reply to clang:

Yep, I let him know.

You click on the 'Report' button which is next to 'Reply'

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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

in reply to dramamike:

And I've removed most of it, and have added reCAPTCHA to the registration form which will hopefully stop bots from posting.

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

in reply to tarlen:

Thanks Tarlen.
It certainly seems to have been a massive job.

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2014 Confessions Nutbar, with a taste of Nimlin Film, within a film
2013 Made Maid Nutbar Films City Finalist for POV Shot Robot/Cyborg/Android
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2008 Luke Walker and the Golden Carrot William Shatner's Pants Animal
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clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

ah, so Report does work - it looked so greyed out I thought it didn't do nothin' :)

Now all we need is some members to post something film-making related...

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CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 442

We have our forums back! No more sleazy people trying to sell us Black magic world love or whatever nonsense they thought people would be interested in seeing plastered all over the forum.

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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

in reply to CraigWB:

Nope - doesn't seem to have worked.

So they're either creating the accounts manually, and as such getting past the CAPTCHA, or the bots are smarter than I'd hoped.

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

in reply to tarlen:

You have my sympathy.
Each time I've checked to see how they are looking I've cringed, knowing that you'll be spending time getting rid of this waste space.

Good luck

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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

in reply to dramamike:

Thanks. :-)

I've solved the problem for now by disabling new user registrations. Certainly not a long term solution by any means, but it will help, and the forums usually aren't terribly busy until a couple of months prior to the event.

2010 - "Lift" (Ghost - Lighting/FX) - Late
2009 - "Omnipedia" (Religious - Producer/Editor)
2008 - "The Perfectionist" (Superhero - Producer/Director/Editor)
2007 - "Bane" (Monster - Producer/Director/Editor)
2005 - "Super Boy Meets Girl" (Superhero - FX)
2004 - "House of Raging Women" (Educational - FX)
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IctusMortem
Since: May 2012
Posts: 408

We will sail our mighty, though slow, threads over the heaving spam... wait, that makes it sound like I'm talking about that canned meat.

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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

in reply to IctusMortem:

Deep. :-)

I'm trying out the new Google CAPTCHA process for user registration, so please let me know if you do see any new spam come through.

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2009 - "Omnipedia" (Religious - Producer/Editor)
2008 - "The Perfectionist" (Superhero - Producer/Director/Editor)
2007 - "Bane" (Monster - Producer/Director/Editor)
2005 - "Super Boy Meets Girl" (Superhero - FX)
2004 - "House of Raging Women" (Educational - FX)
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star striker
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 144

Uh oh Ahmed is back with offers of secret spells and potions !!!
Elixirs to help is with our problems .

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

I think this is the new marketing ploy for the comp.
These could be the new naming sponsor

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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

Man this sucks.

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2009 - "Omnipedia" (Religious - Producer/Editor)
2008 - "The Perfectionist" (Superhero - Producer/Director/Editor)
2007 - "Bane" (Monster - Producer/Director/Editor)
2005 - "Super Boy Meets Girl" (Superhero - FX)
2004 - "House of Raging Women" (Educational - FX)
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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

Right, so you guys should no longer see any spam. I know I've kind of said that before, but this time I mean it. New users are being put into a moderation queue, so nothing they post appears on the forum until it's been approved.

Once we're sure a user is not a spammer, their account will be released so they can participate normally.

We're still looking at better ways to handle this, and better tools for moderators, but for now this will keep the crap off the main site.

2010 - "Lift" (Ghost - Lighting/FX) - Late
2009 - "Omnipedia" (Religious - Producer/Editor)
2008 - "The Perfectionist" (Superhero - Producer/Director/Editor)
2007 - "Bane" (Monster - Producer/Director/Editor)
2005 - "Super Boy Meets Girl" (Superhero - FX)
2004 - "House of Raging Women" (Educational - FX)
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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

Believe it when I don't see it.

Did anyone try out the services offered?
I sent some money to Nigeria and I'm looking forward to getting a substantial return on my investment.

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2014 Confessions Nutbar, with a taste of Nimlin Film, within a film
2013 Made Maid Nutbar Films City Finalist for POV Shot Robot/Cyborg/Android
2012 I Still Dream in Colour Nutbar Films Action
2011 Raptured Golden Carrot Films Mystery
2010 Fraternal Fabrication Golden Carrot Films Twin
2009 I love you this much Golden Carrot Films Romance
2008 Luke Walker and the Golden Carrot William Shatner's Pants Animal
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tarlen
From: Cactuslab
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 258

in reply to dramamike:

Can you see them now? There was a bunch posted early this morning...

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2009 - "Omnipedia" (Religious - Producer/Editor)
2008 - "The Perfectionist" (Superhero - Producer/Director/Editor)
2007 - "Bane" (Monster - Producer/Director/Editor)
2005 - "Super Boy Meets Girl" (Superhero - FX)
2004 - "House of Raging Women" (Educational - FX)
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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1367

in reply to tarlen:

Nope.

We're disease free today

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2015 Hide and Seek Nutbar Films Mystery
2014 Confessions Nutbar, with a taste of Nimlin Film, within a film
2013 Made Maid Nutbar Films City Finalist for POV Shot Robot/Cyborg/Android
2012 I Still Dream in Colour Nutbar Films Action
2011 Raptured Golden Carrot Films Mystery
2010 Fraternal Fabrication Golden Carrot Films Twin
2009 I love you this much Golden Carrot Films Romance
2008 Luke Walker and the Golden Carrot William Shatner's Pants Animal
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NITRO
From: Wellington
Since: Mar 2011
Posts: 383

Yeah I run a few forums and sites that require registration, and they're all being hit chronically. There are shops in Asia and Africa filled with people who are employed to register fake accounts.

Easiest way to beat the touring tests eh.

They let them sit for ages, then use content in profiles of postings to populate spam email, which they send as a safe one liner http include to bypass spam blockers

Just a bloody pain in the butt

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Nick Burridge
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 192

Oh man I feel your pain. The reviews site got slammed a couple of years ago in the months between competitions - I now barely keep them at bay with a combination of Mollom, reCAPTCHA, honeypot spamtraps, and Stop Forum Spam's database of known spam accounts.

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