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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:29 pm    Post subject: Post count as an anti-spam measure Reply with quote

Something I just encountered today on another forum site, where I had just that minute signed up in order to answer someone's question, is the idea of preventing any posts containing links until the poster reaches some nominal posting count (5 in that case). Almost universally these spambots include links in their posts, without which there's not much point - and most never make more than a few posts even when successful.

While it was a little exasperating not to be able to answer that question immediately, it did seem like a principle with some promise. Perhaps such posts could go into a moderation queue - or perhaps *any* new users posts could (probably the link test is to reduce the mods' load on high-traffic sites).

What do people think of the idea - would it stifle newcomers?

(incidentally, I did get my response posted an hour or so later, after I mailed a query to a mod - they just artificially bumped my post count to 10.)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or what about max 1 post per day (or hour?) until 5 (or what ever no. you decide) posts have been made?

It would stop the multiple posts from one time visitors.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the link ban idea. Could be very effective.

Not allowing any posting at all from new users until they had a post count of around 10 might be even more effective though.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
Not allowing any posting at all from new users until they had a post count of around 10 might be even more effective though.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keela wrote:
Or what about max 1 post per day (or hour?)
I think the point is to stop even the first post from getting through - a lot of spammers only ever make a single post to a forum.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
I like the link ban idea. Could be very effective.

Not allowing any posting at all from new users until they had a post count of around 10 might be even more effective though.

Eh? So in order to post as a new user, I have to send 10 "dummy" posts? VERY friendly.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
Not allowing any posting at all from new users until they had a post count of around 10 might be even more effective though.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmb wrote:
Keela wrote:
Or what about max 1 post per day (or hour?)
I think the point is to stop even the first post from getting through - a lot of spammers only ever make a single post to a forum.


Yet the most annoying ones make multiple posts.... perhaps combine this with the no links thing?

I joined another forum where I had to have the first 5 posts moderated before they were put up. If this had been explained somewhere I would have minded less, but it wasn't and I almost didn't stick it out there.....

So whatever you do try to make sure that genuine newbies can understand what is going on .
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS I do appreciate all the work that goes into keeping this forum clean and tidy. Thanks jmb and whoever else is working behind the scenes..... Wink
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