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Quote Scott Replybullet Topic: The Great Spam Cleanup
    Posted: 06áSeptá2013 at 2:26pm
We are now in day 2 of the great spam cleanup. I've been focusing mostly on the Caribbean Room so far, and banning users.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 06áSeptá2013 at 4:14pm
Okay, I made a huge dent in the spam in the Caribbean Room. The latest real topics are now on the top of the list. More cleaning to do, but at least the spam is not at the top of the list anymore.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 06áSeptá2013 at 11:19pm
Okay, got the first page of the Caribbean Room cleaned up.  Now heading to the Pirate Room.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 07áSeptá2013 at 2:44am
Now I made a huge dent in the Pirate Room.  The top 2/3 of the first page are now real posts.  It's almost 3 in the morning, so I probably should get some sleep.

I'll attack more this weekend.  Night.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 07áSeptá2013 at 12:45pm
I think I got all of the spam on the first page of The Pirate Room now. And deleted some new spam and banned the users who posted it.  Moving on to the next forum.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 07áSeptá2013 at 8:34pm
I made a dent in the Caribbean Recipes forum area, but there is still a lot to delete.

We are going to be upgrading to a new version of the forums, and that has much much much better spam fighting tools, both for removing spam that already is on the forums, and preventing spam in the first place.

Upgrading the forums is a major process, so I am going to have to schedule time for that, and it will result in some downtime for the site.
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Quote Rogerka Replybullet Posted: 08áSeptá2013 at 4:00pm
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 08áSeptá2013 at 4:22pm
Thanks!  So much more to go though.  But we will get this cleaned up.  Big%20smile
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 09áSeptá2013 at 3:10pm
Just spent the last hour or so cleaning up new spam just from today.  All from China IPs.  Not sure if they have a Chinese botnet going, or if they are posting directly from China, but every single IP is from China.
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Quote Scott Replybullet Posted: 10áSeptá2013 at 11:00am
Spammers decided to hit us with a ton of spam overnight.  So I spent the last hour or so cleaning up again.  I wonder if they are trying to discourage me.

I turned on topic moderation for new users and certain forums to discourage them from creating new accounts and posting.  Their posts simply won't show up to the public, because a moderator has to approve it first.

Hopefully that should help.  New controls are coming that would help even more.
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