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#91
Originally Posted by pichlo View Post
If the posts are generated by trained monkeys rather than bots, that may not have the desired effect. It may just prompt them to post one, two or n dummy posts first before posting one with a link. Still worth trying IMO.
Yes, good point. But at least you'll know if it is one or the other. Then adjust strategy accordingly.
 

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#92
As I understand it, there already exists a filter that prevents posting links in the first N posts (cannot remember the size of N now...)

The spammers are using a specific tactic to get around this;
  • 1.) create the first post, with no links. This gets accepted.
  • 2.) edit the posting, removing the whatever content it had, and inserting the link

This gets around the forum link filter as edits of own posts cannot be automatically checked, there is no hook in the formu SW for that.
Just proves how ingenious these spam-monkeys are...
 

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#93
Originally Posted by juiceme View Post
The spammers are using a specific tactic...
I can confirm that, amazingly, they insert the link afterwards. Bastards.
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#94
Originally Posted by Win7Mac View Post
I can confirm that, amazingly, they insert the link afterwards. Bastards.
Just ignore them. And simply remove them. It's not the end of the world. They will eventually quit. Look at the good side, it could have been much worse.
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Originally Posted by Win7Mac View Post
I can confirm that, amazingly, they insert the link afterwards. Bastards.
Stated as much two pages back proof.

Now. What can be done for that?
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#96
First N=3 posts get denied completely by akismet (I found out that this actually works now and then). First N=5 posts are still not allowed to use BBcode but http://* gets usually parsed as link in the forum software on its own.

Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
Stated as much two pages back proof.

Now. What can be done for that?
Nothing, the editing is something completely different than the posting of new stuff. We would need to write up a plugin to check stuff on edit, and we cannot just use the akismet hooks or anything from posting iirc
 

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Interesting. The 10 chars filter kicks in on edits. Why can't a link filter?
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#98
Originally Posted by chemist View Post
Nothing, the editing is something completely different than the posting of new stuff. We would need to write up a plugin to check stuff on edit, and we cannot just use the akismet hooks or anything from posting iirc
Oh well. I'll just continue to remove them whenever I see them. Still get a bit of joy whenever I'm quicker than they are to the edits sometimes or when they're still in the thread and I remove their thread.
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#99
Spam Monkeys!!!!!!


Sorry guys...
the name alone sounds cool...
We must combat this coolio factor!
On top of that..
Actually just saying "Spam Monkeys" ...
makes me laugh..
can't help it...
It isn't easy staying pissed off when people keep using the term...

hmmm...heheheehehnnmmm...
"spam monkeys!"
hahaha
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#100
I never worked with vBulletin and I don't know if we have any self-written plugin/hook active and/or how it works but...
Could this post
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=277452 (posts 4 and 5)
be of any help? It looks like a check about http links can be added as it already is for new posts, then.
 

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