There is a spam problem.

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phalt
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There is a spam problem.

Post by phalt »

Hey XCore.
Since leaving XCore last May, I worked part time keeping the site clean and smooth so the community can still enjoy and share their XMOS knowledge.

In December, due to university work loads, I stopped maintaining the site.
In the past two months however I've noticed that spam has flooded in astronomically.

Due to this, I've decided to take up maintaining the site again part time. I'll be monitoring and running stuff in the back ground for the foreseeable future.

This means I'll be able to bring back that great XCore experience. I'll also be revamping the news section, so XMOS.com isn't getting all the fun ;)

How I'll be tackling spam

So, we have a spam filter at the moment, but the bots that are using the site have 'learned' how to get around it. As such I'll be making the spam filter extremely strictfor the next few days and slowly toning it down until we reach a nice level where the bots are pushed out.
This does mean however that any content you post could possibly be caught as spam.
You'll know when this happens because you'll get a warning, or won't see your content posted.

If this does happen don't panic! Let me know via message or post in reply on this thread and I'll publish your content.

I'll let you know when the spam filter has been fixed.

Oh and yes I am in the process of deleting the mountain load of spam we have at the moment. Give me a few days to finish this, there is a lot!


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Post by segher »

Thank you, and welcome back!
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Post by franksanderdo »

Hey Phalt,

good to see you back.
All the best with the filter and thanks a lot for the effort.

See you around
Frank
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Post by phalt »

No problem guys, it is the least I could do.
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Post by Obtuse »

I forgot my password, got an email with link to reset it.
Reset the password, clicked SAVE, and a spam warning showed up.
The password was indeed reset to the new entry.

Well, that's what happened.
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Post by phalt »

Obtuse wrote:I forgot my password, got an email with link to reset it.
Reset the password, clicked SAVE, and a spam warning showed up.
The password was indeed reset to the new entry.

Well, that's what happened.
In order to combat spam I set the module to 'super paranoid mode', so to speak.
It was blocking even me, an admin, from signing in yesterday.

Should have been fixed by now.
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Post by migueljds »

A couple weeks ago, I put up a anti-spam CAPTCHA on the user registration form which looks to have cut out the spam users problem.