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The Great Spam Cleanup

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Category: General Discussion
Forum Name: The Caribbean Room
Forum Discription: General discussions of any topic that does not fit into other forums.
URL: http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=105019
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Topic: The Great Spam Cleanup
Posted By: Scott
Subject: The Great Spam Cleanup
Date Posted: 06 Sept 2013 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide



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Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 06 Sept 2013 at 4:14pm
Okay, I made a huge dent in the spam in the http://caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=4 - 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 06 Sept 2013 at 11:19pm
Okay, got the first page of the Caribbean Room cleaned up.  Now heading to the Pirate Room.

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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 07 Sept 2013 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 07 Sept 2013 at 12:45pm
I think I got all of the spam on the first page of http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=12 - 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 07 Sept 2013 at 8:34pm
I made a dent in the http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=2 - 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Rogerka
Date Posted: 08 Sept 2013 at 4:00pm
good job, Scottie

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Peace out


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 08 Sept 2013 at 4:22pm
Thanks!  So much more to go though.  But we will get this cleaned up.  Big%20smile

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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 09 Sept 2013 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 10 Sept 2013 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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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Rogerka
Date Posted: 11 Sept 2013 at 8:14am
I think that's good idea

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Peace out


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 11 Sept 2013 at 9:49am
Originally posted by Rogerka

I think that's good idea

They are still spamming like crazy, but most of it is hidden from public view.  I don't think they realize that most of their spam is not even visible on the site anymore.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 13 Sept 2013 at 12:24am
Since a majority of all the new account sign-ups all appear to be spam related accounts, I am temporarily suspending new user registrations.  We will turn on new account registrations once we get the spam under control and make some planned changes to the site.  Thank you for understanding.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 13 Sept 2013 at 3:38pm
I spent another big chunk of the day cleaning up spam.  I will be so glad when we switch servers and upgrade the forums.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 15 Sept 2013 at 1:38pm
Okay, successfully cleaned the spam out of the http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/recipes/ - Recipes section.

The spammers keep trying though.  Thousands of spam has been blocked, just in the last few days.  I guess they think that by turning up the volume they can make me give up.  Nope.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 17 Sept 2013 at 9:31pm
Luckily the changes I made have stopped new spam from being visible on the site.  Their bots keep trying to register new users and post new spam, but at least 95% of it never is visible to other users.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 17 Sept 2013 at 10:28pm
Okay, I made a dent in the spam replies in the http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=2 - Caribbean Cooking & Recipes forum. Still several more pages to go, but at least we are closer to getting that forum section cleaned up.

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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2013 at 5:23am
Well, the spam cleanup continues.  I have suspended hundreds of spammer accounts, most of which seem to be posting from China IP addresses.  I've started looking up their IP address as I suspend their accounts and adding the country of origin to their profile.

We also have a spammer from India and the U.S. in addition to the one from China.  The one from China is using some sort of automated script to post.  Apparently it is not smart enough to know when their accounts are suspended and tries to log in and continue posting.  I can see it in the logs.

Making progress on the cleanup though.


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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide


Posted By: vutjebal
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2013 at 3:30am
I know  you can.......Silly

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It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2015 at 10:56pm
Okay, so I was able to delete nearly 1000 pieces of spam today. I will come back and keep cleaning. There is so much to do.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: Rogerka
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2015 at 2:05am
Duckie, come to join us here http://forums.allthatscaribbean.com/

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Peace out


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2015 at 8:46am
I'm already registered there. My current task is to start cleaning up CaribbeanChoice though.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2015 at 7:27am
I've also been recruited to remove spam. I made a pretty good dent to far. So much more to do though.


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2015 at 10:03pm
Okay, I deleted more today. Hopefully the more we delete, the faster the server becomes. It is tedious but must be done.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 12:18am
Okay, made a big dent today and deleted a lot more spam. More to come.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 12:31am
Since I'll be up awhile, I'll keep going.


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 8:16am
News & Current Events Cleaned up! Hopefully we got all of it, although there might be some we missed.

On to the next section.

http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=6&PN=1

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 9:29am
After deleting all this spam, I'm ready for a nap.


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 9:36am
Duck Sauce, do you think we'll make if before the deadline?


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2015 at 9:43am
I'm not sure. The new owner has a pretty ambitious deadline. But we'll try.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2015 at 1:05am
Just checking in. Deleted some more this evening.


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2015 at 9:59am
Checking in again to let you know the spam cleanup continues.


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2015 at 8:09am
Still making progress. A little every day.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2015 at 9:20am
Okay, I think I got the Welcome and Introductions section cleaned up.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: Duck Sauce
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2015 at 8:36am
Okay, made more of a dent these past couple days. A lot more to go, but in the end it will be worth it.

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"One person can make a difference, one person can change the world, but you must choose to do so. You must make the future or others will make it for you." -J. Michael Straczynski


Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2015 at 3:43pm
I was so surprised when I checked the board and saw Duck Sauce post. I had to double-check to see the date posted. And then I signed in and saw a pm from Rogerka. So here we are again. A Caribbean forum for all interested. Hey, forgive me. I'm babbling. Too happy.


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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 26 Aug 2015 at 7:09am
Welcome back! We are still trying to get things fixed, updated and everything. We have a lot of work to do. Glad you joined us. :)


Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 26 Aug 2015 at 8:55am
I've never given up on CC, and I never will as long as the site is still active.

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2015 at 12:18pm
Thank you!


Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2015 at 12:37pm
You are welcome. No problem. I just wish that the old members would pop up and some new blood join up.

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 13 Oct 2015 at 9:01am
Same here.


Posted By: harmac
Date Posted: 02 Nov 2015 at 10:17am
Hey Scott , well its been some time , a lot has happen since I was here last , will try to revisits more often


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Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2015 at 2:16pm
At least you remember your password, Facebook suck in all of you

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: tejan
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2015 at 6:44pm
Thanks for coming back. Yes, Facebook has seemed to suck in everyone. But I think we could still have something wonderful here.

Been cleaning up more spam, and trying to fix some things on the website.


Posted By: Scott
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
Originally posted by harmac

Hey Scott , well its been some time , a lot has happen since I was here last , will try to revisits more often

We would appreciate that. :D

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Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
http://www.wistex.com/ - WisTex | http://www.completehostingguide.com/ - Complete Hosting Guide



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