August 27, 2016 at 10:41 am #61024
As everyone has probably seen the past 2-3wks we have been getting more spam posting. Thank you to all that have reported the bots/people when they appeared, Pinback and I try to squish them as soon as we can.
So now to the reason for the post and this might be mainly for Russian users. I have banned all registrations to SSC from this day forward to any email address ending in @mail.ru all of the recent spammers all had this address in common. So i am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you, but you will have to register with a different email address.
I have always made it known that we have a zero tolerance rule to spam and people that disrupt the community so I removed all members that haven’t posted or that didn’t look like a legit user that had the registered email address ending in mail.ru.
SSC isn’t up and running for money purposes, it is hear for the fans of space and scifi games. And if I have to block an entire country IP range I would if they disrupt SSC’s user base. I look at everyone here as a friend and welcome all. So if you come here to ruin peoples fun I will be here to stop you 🙂
Thanks everyone for your understanding and the vigilance in guarding the station from intruders. Its good to know there are honorable mercenaries among us.
August 27, 2016 at 11:47 am #107040
I share your hatred, D1, as I spend far too much time deleting them from the Oolite forum. They tend to come in waves, and there has been an increase lately – and that @mail.ru is quite common. It’s an endless process, I’m afraid – been at it as an Admin for five years now, and I must have deleted/banned many thousands in that time. Ain’t the internet wonderful – cats, porn, and spam!
August 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm #107041ArtlavParticipant
Hm, i wonder why it ended up like this.
We were known for hackers and copyright ignorance, but a mass of spam is something new to me.
For some context, mail.ru is more or less synonymous to e-mail here, and is about as popular as gmail is in the english world, so it’s choice for spammers is not surprising.
Was the spam in English?
August 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm #107042
Some of the spam posts were in english and some in russian. Some were actually quite funny actually.
When I went through the members there was actually over 100 members with @mail.ru for their email so I filtered out those who had legit posts and avatars and I removed the rest and banned the @mail.ru for an email address for new users. Existing users with it will be fine, I may remove it in a few months if I get emails from people asking.
I don’t mind the occasional post and usually my security questions keep out the average bot since you actually have to know scifi to past the questions.
I didn’t know Oolite forums got hit like that Cody (Sorry), I have looked into implementing white/black lists on the site but it slowed registration because it would look up IP/email addresses against a list with millions of spammers/bots. So yeah its a never ending battle, but for the most part SSC stays spam free and generally confrontation free. We don’t have a lot of drama here just people caring about games 🙂
Thanks for the context Artlav, I figured I was blocking a large portion of possible russian members from joining with my move and I regret that. If Pinback or I were not on top of things, I couldn’t imagine what us waiting 1-2 wks would be like to clean up spam…? It’s amazing what I have see spam do to good communities where the admins don’t stop it and clean it up quickly. I used to warn users now they get instantly banned and deleted.
August 28, 2016 at 6:44 am #107043
Due to porn posters, we brought in first-post approval a few years back – it keeps any spammers off the actual forum, but they’ve still gotta be disposed of. The Oolite forum uses very basic phpBB stuff, so no trick questions there – only a basic captcha thingy.
August 31, 2016 at 11:21 am #107044
I dunno! I delete one from the Oolite forum, and it turns up here too – Dustin*** (its suffix varies).
August 31, 2016 at 1:06 pm #107045
Odd one that one, no links.
August 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm #107046
<nods> Its message was identical to the one it posted on the Oolite forum – and its email/IP has form.
September 1, 2016 at 7:47 am #107047
October 19, 2016 at 7:26 am #107048
October 20, 2016 at 7:43 am #107049
Oodles of the bastards today! You might want to consider first-post approval, D1.
October 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm #107050
I feel so sorry for D1 & Pinback, it’s an ugly thing when your forum comes under attack by this scum. :girlsad:
October 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm #107051
Aye… but at least it wasn’t hacked, as once happened to the Oolite forum.
October 21, 2016 at 10:21 am #107052
I am working on the new site, its slow going converting all of the articles (manually) and doing testing of the forum conversion (which for the most part is decent, not 100%…. they never are). But the important thing is that the content of the postings seem intact and nothing bad. It just seems a lot of posts with BBCode from IPBoard seems to not convert well. So there will be some older posts that may look messy and I will try to clean them up as I go.
I wanted to try to mass fix issues with quote BBCode with some database editing, but we’ll see. I already some issues with some annoying things that I see that I may edit the database for. Only real issues with the conversion is that users may loose their avatars if I cannot figure out how to migrate them and I think users have to recreate passwords upon first login (but I need to confirm this).
I will try to install some anti-bot measures on the forums and wordpress to stop this assualt that we have been taking recently. Why people choose to do this to a free site is beyond me.
I might invite some veterans of the site to poke around my manual conversion of the site to give some feedback and if they notice anything that is messed up because I cannot find everything 🙂
I will more than likely bring SSC down the week of Thanksgiving since I am taking that week off and I will do the conversion at that time and get it all running. I think I would only need a day. But my provider has to update my VPS to latest version of Apache,SQL and PHP.
October 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm #107053
D, dont worry about the loss of Avatars and whatnot. The safety of the forum must come first. As for any other glitches that pop up because you changed things, they too can be fixed over time. I just wish these damn spammers would bugger off! :girlmad:
October 25, 2016 at 5:37 am #107054
They’re back again!
October 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm #107055CaptainKalParticipant
And in full force!!! :suicide:
October 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm #107056
It the same Chinese one, which has been at it since the weekend and it will probably sign up again tonight and their will be another load of spam in the morning.
October 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm #107057
Ban its IP (and any associated IPs)?
October 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm #107058
Looks like D1 may have to do it, same as the Ruskie one.
October 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm #107059
Porn pedlars – kill them! Nuke them from orbit – it’s the only way to be sure!
October 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm #107060
Hi Everyone. Just a heads up just in case you see people complaining that they cannot use the site. Since people have been wanting to spam SSC I have decided to make registration go through a approval process in which that process will go through me.
And I will admit I will not check this everyday, so if you are a LEGIT PERSON and you want access to SSC please email me (admin at spacesimcentral dot com). But this should stop the majority of the spam since I have to personally approve users. Sorry it has come to this, and yet another reason i need to upgrade the site 🙂
When the newer version of the site is online trust me spam will be a #1 priority at squashing and I will put in whatever permissions or filters I need too to make that happen. I HATE THEM, and I usually like everyone but spammers really serve no purpose at all on the station so lets just blow them out the air lock :devil:
October 28, 2016 at 6:24 am #107061
<nods> When they start flooding a forum, you have little choice.
October 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm #107062
Fully support you on this D. :queen:
October 30, 2016 at 10:34 am #107063
Also as of this morning if you are a member that has registered in the last 3 months (when spam started) and you have not posted and your account doesn’t look like a legit person I will remove you. As Pinback has noticed is that we have had accounts signup and not be used for a few weeks and then start spamming. So I will take care of these this morning.
So if you are impacted by this change, please re-register and let me know by emailing me.
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