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Magic_fubu

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Spam / Banned Users
« on: December 07, 2010, 04:29:59 PM »
Corey, I know from your replies from posts I've reported that you've banned the user of said posts. As an alternative to just the users (which can just create more accounts), is there a way to ban the IP address?
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Re: Spam / Banned Users
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 04:44:20 PM »
There is, but since IP addresses are reused in this day and age, banning an IP will possibly ban legitimate users.  I'd rather deal with a little more spam than unintentionally ban non-spammers.  Besides, they'll just find another IP address, just as they create a new account for their spam today.

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Re: Spam / Banned Users
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2010, 03:03:58 PM »
Well, the rise in spam has gotten me to look more in-depth at it, and I went ahead and added a spammer database check on IP and username at registration.  Now I need to go through and clean out as many spam accounts as I can find.  I'm pretty sure the number is in the 1000s, but I'm not sure at this point how to be certain.  I might simply have to purge any non-posters that haven't logged into the forums in, say, the past 6 months.

I hate to potentially ban legitimate users, but deleting spam and banning users is becoming a full-time job.

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Re: Spam / Banned Users
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010, 01:20:29 PM »
Well, it's been about 22.5 hours since I implemented this, and according to the logs there have been 4 registration attempts blocked due to blacklisted email address, and 161 attempts blocked due to blacklisted IP address.  I guess it's working.  :)

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Re: Spam / Banned Users
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 05:02:03 PM »
Purge complete for now.  Over 5000 users gone.  Let's hope I knew what I was doing.  :D

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Re: Spam / Banned Users
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2010, 05:38:00 PM »
LOL - hopefully it works (and keeps your workload on here down)... But if not, us loyal to the boards shall report!  :D
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