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#47396

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

SMTnet is looking for your input on a problem that has started to become serious... You may have noticed that the forum has had some spam posted... in the past serveral weeks in fact several hundred have been posted.

We are soliciting your views as to how we may best prevent this and keep this forum a valuable resource for your use. We have a policy of free posting for all componenets on the site, but with the exception of this forum simple registration is required. For registration, we ask just a few questions, see below, and we limit the use of your information. We simply ask for the demographics of our audience, similar to industry magazines. Registration asks for verification of a valid email address so we can track issues that may lead to problems.

For 11 years we have been fortunate to have so few problems with the forum, but now it is time for you the users to send us your thoughts. We want to have as few impediments to site usage / forum participation as practical.

Roland

Individual Registration Information for SMTnet: Name Email Address Job Category Company Name Username/Password

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#47409

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

Are the registrations automatic? such as approved once the email is verrified? maybe a manual approval or maybe a day wait time untill a new user can post.

another alternative is for moderators to periodically check the forums and delete spam, and the accounts.

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#47410

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

Why not? Sounds like a good idea. Almost all other forums that I visit req. registration before posting. Another benefit is that it is possible to ban a member if acting improper on the forum. It should also be possible to report a posting to the staff that might be improper.

Only remember that if a member's computer has been hi-jacked or some malicious s/w ripped the user name & pwd from the pc; that machine can be used for placing spam, etc. whitout the user/owner notice. In such case the user should be allowed to another chance before the life time ban.

Keep up the good work! /Sincererly Ps. Spammers, trojan, spy and virus makers should buy a one way ticket and take the fast track to h... I'm dead tired of all their junkmail in my private e-mail, not to mention all the time, money and system resources that is needed to keep the security on my pc:s up to date. Ds.

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#47411

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

I thought we were already registered? No? Shows how long I remember stuff.

Providing a confirmation link to the site in an email to the new registree seems like it might provide some security and deterrent to low-life spammers as well. Over and above that an IP tracer to delete repeat abusers is a good idea. Don't know how economically any of these are for a free site but they're worth some thought anyway.

I say keep haul them all, especially the dirt bags that send me those market investment "opportunities" pasted into pictures so I can't filter them by text. Grrrrrrr.

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#47415

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

pcbatech: You say, "another alternative is for moderators to periodically check the forums and delete spam, and the accounts."

Roland is saying that the moderators have checked and deleted hundreds of spam postings in the past couple of weeks. The moderators can not delete accounts, because currently registration is not required.

Taking a different tact: * Technet has always required registration. * SMTINFO had to require registrations for the very reason that Roland describes. * SMT-In-Focus went off the air because the maintenance of spamers was too time consuming.

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#47418

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

Roland

How will the registrations that you propose be different than the registrations that SMTnet currectly uses?

Will currently registered users be required to reregister?

Will the forum be available to nonregistered lurkers on a read only basis?

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#47419

Forum Spam | 8 February, 2007

Dave,

>>How will the registrations that you propose be different than the registrations that SMTnet currectly uses?

A. The current registration process will remain for the time being (we are currently upgrading servers which will be followed by a complete site re-write later this year).

>>Will currently registered users be required to reregister?

A. Absolutely........NOT!

>>Will the forum be available to nonregistered lurkers on a read only basis?

A. Yes, to lurkers, malingerers, skulkers and all the like.. ;))

BTW, if anyone wants to help support the upcoming SMTnet re-write with designers, programmers, financial support or any other ideas you may have, please let us know. Obviously the more help we have, the better we can make this site for everyone involved.

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Rob

#47706

Forum Spam | 16 February, 2007

I know it's a dumb question, but how can I unsubscribe from a thread? I came back off holiday to find my mailbox totally full of SAC305 alerts.

Or can you unsubscribe me from all threads?

Cheers,

Rob.

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#47745

Forum Spam | 16 February, 2007

On the main Forum page, there is a check box for each thread to indicate that you want email notification of changes to that thread. The box is located just to the left of the title of the thread. Checking that box tells the SMTnet email machine that you would like an an email each time someone posts to that thread. So, if you uncheck that box, it might stop sending you emails. Then again ...

As a piece of unfortunate luck, the spamers have been using a SAC305 thread as a launch point recently. Tsk, tsk.

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#47771

Forum Spam | 17 February, 2007

Ahh, what a perfect opportunity this has/have? been; to be able to attach an image of this "box" or window! I still like to see the possibility to attach images in this forum... /Mika Ps. Sorry for my poor english & gramma. Ds.

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#47803

Forum Spam | 19 February, 2007

Yes, that's a great idea.. It'd be kind of like a "Yahoo! Groups" type page or blog site where it's possible to post pictures. That would really come in handy especially in a technical forum such as this where there are many situations that're easier to describe if one can attach a picture.

SMTnet, should start getting on the ball with this kind of stuff...there's tons of blog sites out there, that aren't that old either, that already has this capability.

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Rob

#47834

Forum Spam | 20 February, 2007

Cheers Dave, it appears to have worked.

The downside is that now the work e-mails can get through....

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Rob

#47839

Forum Spam | 20 February, 2007

...OK it didn't. Loads more SAC305 Spam

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