Chris_CE wrote:Yep, we're under attack right now, big time.
I, as well as the mods, will address a better security system once the 1.0.8 patch (which is imminent) is released. Until then, please just report the posts, and someone will delete them
The only downside to this, is that it might deter new users from posting, but they'll receive a notification by mail once their post is approved. We just gotta make sure the mods check the approval queue frequently.Newly registered users are newbs. They cannot change their avatar, they can't PM people and their posts have to be approved by a moderator before they show up for other users.
After their first post is approved, their account is automatically moved to the regular members group and they will no longer have these restrictions placed on them. Regular members can change their avatar, can PM and their posts don't need to be approved.
This system is in place to keep the forum absolutely 100% bot/spam free, unless a moderator accidentally approves a spam account.
Django wrote:Its not over. The Offtopic section is full of spam right now. One of the spambots made over 100 Posts already.
Muskylounger wrote:On a side note, Chris its your one thousand one hundred and eleventh post! I dont really know the significance but it looks cool and is a lot, good work! haha
Broscar wrote:19th of May '16 update:
We managed to keep the forum almost completely spam-free for users since switching to the [new users' posts need moderator approval] system, but it placed a heavy burden on the few moderators who tried to manage the approval requests list. It worked in the short-term, but eventually it proved to be too labour-intensive a task for manual processing.
I'm happy to share with you all that we've successfully switched to a commercial anti-spam solution, thus freeing up the time of everyone involved, allowing us staffers to be more active on the forums again. The approval system will be kept in place for some time to allow us to test the capabilities of the commercial anti-spam solution without risking spambots slipping through, but I'm fairly sure we can get rid of it in a few weeks time.
Edit: The forum should be a bit faster now as well. Made some behind-the-scenes changes, but the big one is gzip compression. Some dumdum *cough* forgot to enable it.
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