Board software update and spammers

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Board software update and spammers

Postby DPSoftware » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:31 am

In an attempt to stop spammers signing up with automated scripts, the board software was recently updated. This did lead to about a week when new topics could not be posted but this problem is now resolved.

Around 10 automated subscriptions a day were being received although the majority never got past the membership confirmation. This is now at zero. Unfortunately some users succeeded in registering and confirming accounts before the update and we are now seeing some of these returning to post messages. As soon as these appear, the email address is permanently banned, the user and all posts are removed. In addition, I am removing accounts that have not replied to the signup message within 2 weeks. I think most genuine users would confirm their membership within this time.

As a result of this, it is possible that you receive notices of new messages for forums you are subscribed to and when you check them out, you may find the posts have already been removed. The situation should improve rapidly as the existing spammers that have not yet posted reveal themselves and become banned.
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