General Discussion Discuss your Oldsmobile or other car-related topics.

SPAM Reduction -vs- New user Category

Old January 24th, 2009, 09:13 AM
  #1  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
SPAM Reduction & New User Category

Folks, in order to cut down on the spam on this site I have created a "New User" (member) category that all new users will be automatically registered into. After registration, they must then wait 2 days and make 5 legitimate posts - which can ONLY post in the new "New Member" forums at the top - before they have access to the rest of the site.

Once a new member has 5 legitimate posts and 2 days registered, they'll automatically be promoted from "New User" to "Registered User" and be able to post anywhere else on the site.

This new registration/promotion process should all but eliminate Spam Bots from registering then randomly posting all over the site before we can catch and ban them. If nothing else, it should restrict it to the newbie forums so we only have to watch 1 place.

As always, please use the REPORT POST button (looks like a little red-lined triangle with an exclamation point in it at the lower left of the post) if you see spam.

Please let me know if you have any questions. THANKS for everyone's help and input on this!
Omicron is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 09:23 AM
  #2  
car guy
 
gearheads78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Dallas TX
Posts: 5,524
I want to be the first to say a huge thank you!!!!
gearheads78 is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 09:59 AM
  #3  
Registered User
 
ozoneblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 569
Spam

Hey thanx it should work Larry & Susan vintageozarks
ozoneblue is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 10:07 AM
  #4  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Originally Posted by gearheads78 View Post
I want to be the first to say a huge thank you!!!!
You betcha. Let's hope it works!
Omicron is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 11:46 AM
  #5  
Moderator
 
csstrux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Overton NV
Posts: 1,728
Thank you, just one question, I'm getting a goofy message when I toggle out and then back in about not being able to post as a new member or something to that effect. Is this across the board? Or did I write another offending post? I have to sign out and then back in and kind of work my way around to see posts. Sorry I'm not being more specific, I'm still not that computer savvy.
csstrux is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 11:51 AM
  #6  
Proud Viet Nam Veteran
 
redoldsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Rowlett, TX
Posts: 6,627
Since I was one of the ones to complain, let me be one of the first to say "THANKS"
redoldsman is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 01:06 PM
  #7  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Originally Posted by csstrux View Post
Thank you, just one question, I'm getting a goofy message when I toggle out and then back in about not being able to post as a new member or something to that effect. Is this across the board? Or did I write another offending post? I have to sign out and then back in and kind of work my way around to see posts. Sorry I'm not being more specific, I'm still not that computer savvy.
Let me know if it continues after I tweak things a little bit.
Omicron is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 01:28 PM
  #8  
EKi
Registered User
 
EKi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Augusta, ME
Posts: 47
This sounds great, it should cut out most of the spam.
EKi is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 02:31 PM
  #9  
Registered
 
Bluevista's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 4,430
Thanks Omicron, too cool.
Bluevista is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 03:12 PM
  #10  
Moderator
 
Olds64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Edmond, OK
Posts: 10,869
I think we all know who the man is.
Olds64 is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 05:04 PM
  #11  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 8
Can't Get new post, Since last Visit

I get some message about not being able to post, not the normal " New post since last visit" What's up
That's a great feature

Last edited by Half Baked; January 24th, 2009 at 05:09 PM.
Half Baked is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 06:31 PM
  #12  
Registered User
 
74 Omega's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 361
Thank you as well
And thanks for all your work to keep the site going...
74 Omega is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 07:10 PM
  #13  
Registered User
 
Cameo White's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 644
I also get the "you don't have the right privileges or your access is denied" kind of message since the tweak. I just click into one of the forums and it goes away.
Cameo White is offline  
Old January 24th, 2009, 07:50 PM
  #14  
Just an Olds Guy
 
Allan R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Edmonton, AB. And "I am Can 'eh' jun - eh"
Posts: 23,827
Originally Posted by csstrux View Post
Thank you, just one question, I'm getting a goofy message when I toggle out and then back in about not being able to post as a new member or something to that effect. Is this across the board? Or did I write another offending post? I have to sign out and then back in and kind of work my way around to see posts. Sorry I'm not being more specific, I'm still not that computer savvy.
I got the same problem trying to log in today. So I surfed to the CP and came in through that access. Otherwise the site wouldn't let me in. Wierd.
Allan R is online now  
Old January 25th, 2009, 06:43 AM
  #15  
71 cutlass convertible
 
lshlsh2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Trappe, MD
Posts: 1,686
Never found much spam but it must of been a problem with some. Must have been loggiing on at the right time. It is great that you can get rid of it with less work.
Larry
lshlsh2 is offline  
Old January 25th, 2009, 10:23 AM
  #16  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Blaine Wa
Posts: 81
thanks, lately there has been enough. I wish a couple other sites would do the same.
yogi442 is offline  
Old January 25th, 2009, 05:39 PM
  #17  
Administrator
 
Oldsguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Red Oak Texas
Posts: 8,893
As usual guys. I hardly post on Friday nights or Saturdays so missed this until Sunday evening. I thank Paul has put a lot of effort into this and want to publicly say "Thank you".

Per his recommendation I will be moving a few threads/posts to this forum to help "introduce" the new members, then maybe will tag or sticky them (if I can do it right).
Oldsguy is offline  
Old January 25th, 2009, 08:39 PM
  #18  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Originally Posted by Half Baked View Post
I get some message about not being able to post, not the normal " New post since last visit" What's up
That's a great feature
For those of you having problems like this one, I think just changing your homepage to https://classicoldsmobile.com/forums/ instead of https://classicoldsmobile.com/forums...searchid=63167
will take care of the issue.
Omicron is offline  
Old January 26th, 2009, 03:57 PM
  #19  
Senior Moment
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 260
Thanks for the work.. mucho appreciated. The site looks great.

If only the geniouses who put their time into spambot code, trying to rip people off with look-alike webpages and developing malicious viruses put their talents, (yes talents, it takes brains to do that crap) into something constructive, who knows what could be.. alt fueled cars, cures for cancer, aids, world peace.... ahh but there's always someone else waiting in the wings to be a scumsucker..
Jokers69 is offline  
Old January 26th, 2009, 04:05 PM
  #20  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Unfortunately scumsucking has the allure of being able to make money quickly.
Omicron is offline  
Old October 22nd, 2010, 09:02 AM
  #21  
Registered User
 
Smurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 8
Looks like you guys have your house in order, so a big "Thank You" is in order from a newbie. It will be nice not to have to surf through all the bad stuff in order to get to the good stuff. Keep up the great job!
Bob
Smurf is offline  
Old October 22nd, 2010, 09:08 AM
  #22  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Shucks, thanks for the nice words.
Omicron is offline  
Old April 21st, 2012, 11:31 AM
  #23  
Just an Olds Guy
 
Allan R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Edmonton, AB. And "I am Can 'eh' jun - eh"
Posts: 23,827
Originally Posted by Omicron View Post
..... After registration, they must then wait 2 days and make 5 legitimate posts - which can ONLY post in the new "New Member" forums at the top - before they have access to the rest of the site.

Once a new member has 5 legitimate posts and 2 days registered, they'll automatically be promoted from "New User" to "Registered User" and be able to post anywhere else on the site.
I notice this policy is not really enforced much if at all. Is it relevant any more?
Allan R is online now  
Old May 31st, 2012, 11:35 AM
  #24  
Site Admin & Motorhead
Thread Starter
 
Omicron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 670
Well the "promotion" is automatic. System doesn't care where they make the posts, or what's in them, just that they post. It's up to the mods to make sure posts are legit. If it hasn't been a problem for a while now, just ignore it and let it happen.

Far as I know, Dan (Oldsguy) is still manually approving all new registrants, and that helps too.
Dan is that true?
Omicron is offline  
Old June 1st, 2012, 06:18 AM
  #25  
Administrator
 
Oldsguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Red Oak Texas
Posts: 8,893
Yep, I review all applications every day. Haven't been thinning out too many though as we haven't had trouble with spammers lately, except for maybe that one last week. I mostly approve all apps, the only ones I don't are if they look obvious to me to be a potential spammer or fisher or whatever they are called now.
Oldsguy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
61reoldsman
Site Suggestions
40
March 4th, 2016 08:09 AM
NightStalker
Cars For Sale
0
June 27th, 2011 02:10 PM
holidaysedan
General Discussion
3
October 5th, 2010 08:41 AM
Indy_68_S
General Discussion
6
November 27th, 2009 08:02 PM
Oldsguy
Hurst/Olds
69
November 26th, 2009 07:54 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: SPAM Reduction -vs- New user Category


Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.