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  Tuesday, 21 September 2021
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Hi all, there seems to be a big increase in the amount of SPAM posters managing to sign up and post recently.

Please check the user account if you do not recognize the user name before replying. Most SPAM posters are signing up, immediately posting a single post, and then "disappearing". A few have posted multiple SPAM posts, all pretty much at the same time, with either very vague or basic questions about posts that the answers have already been given.

Many of these new posts are using a sophisticated bot of some sort which seems to be attempting to learn what types of replies will get a response. I've noticed lately most will have a (presumably malicious) link in a pile of nonsense in the "About" section of their profile. They will tend to make a post as a reply to an old/very old thread that often copies and rewords the contents of one of the previous replies to that post to make it seem like a new question.

Please keep an eye out, and do not reply to a message if it appears suspicious.

:)
1 month ago
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Interesting point.

If I remember, the 'ban' option is not really a 'ban' as it's for a period only, which is not a lot of point. From the point of view of malicious spam (and really, most of the spam we get here is malicious, as the material is irrelevant, and it's cluttering up the system and making things more difficult for legitimate users, and it's uselessly bumping old items to the top of the list, etc). Such items should justify total deletion of the account - BUT - there would be a problem if the same user already had legitimate topics posted, then they should not be removed?

Geoff
1 month ago
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"Delete" only works on the replies. If the spammer started a new topic, "Delete" does not show up.
4 weeks ago
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It does not appear on the first message of a thread.
It only appears on the replies.
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Apparently, the ability to delete the first post (i.e., the entire thread) is a separate right that somebody forgot to give to you.
3 weeks ago
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Would appreciate that...
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