Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 30, 2011, 5:22 p.m. EST by Thrasymaque
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This forum is being attacked by spam bots. They are currently posting advertising for free television shows, and are flooding other forums with the exact same postings. Whoever programmed these bots wants to bring down these forums by flooding them. Something must be done or our discussions will soon be drowned by their spam.
NewEnglandPatriot has been working very hard to stop them by defacing their postings and marking them as spam so that the moderators can easily identify and delete them. His effort and those of the moderators are appreciated, but, unfortunately, spam bots cannot be stopped manually. They do not get tired as we humans do. They can only be stopped with code.
This site's main vulnerability is the easy sign up process. We need to implement a verification process which separates the bots from the humans. I'm thinking of Captchas, a question only answerable by humans, email account activation, or a combination of all these steps.
Jart is the main programmer for this site, but she seems very busy at the moment. The last code update was some ten days ago. I'm offering to help code some spam filters and a better signup process, but before volunteering my time I would like to talk to jart and other coders about these issues so that we can decide on the best strategy to implement.
It would be very nice if jart took a moment to tell us if she is open to coders making pull requests on Github. I want to participate, but I don't want to waste my time if no one is even going to consider coding improvements. It would also be important for her to get in contact with whoever wants to help improve the site so that we can understand what needs to be done. I don't want to be coding something if someone else is already working on it. We must work in concert.
If you're a coder and care about this forum, I would like you to think about volunteering some of your time to code improvements for this site. We should get together somehow and discuss these issues. I'm sure there are many smart programmers on this forum. If we work together, we could certainly help stop this spam attack.
Jart, would you like some help? Yes, no, how, when?
To the others, what are your thoughts on the matter? How can we stop spam?