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    Quote Originally Posted by Minuki View Post
    I know the mods are doing all they can, which is great, but if the site needs changed or updated, then I think that needs to happen fairly imminently to actually keep it's users on the site.
    This.

    It's super sad to see how small the user base has gotten and all this spam is only accelerating the dying process of this forum.

    I've been a supporter of SW from day one and it saddens me to see the Forums end up like this. Hell, I used to visit daily and participate a lot, but nowadays... I just don't really bother anymore, because of the spam. And I'd wager that a lot of people have fully quit because of the same reason.
    It's sad.

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    Guys,

    Apologies it took so long to make this happen.
    We're made some big updates, and installed new anti spam measures.
    Chances are that we're gonna have to deal with dormant spam accounts for a bit but hopefully we see a huge decline. Thanks for sticking with us!

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    A big Thank You! to Mike and crew for making this happen.

    The new look will need some getting used to, but it definitely feels a lot more modern.

    I'm excited!

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    I'm really hoping it solves things. So far, so good. But it's only been a few hours.

    I think the new registration efforts will do some good - it's the accounts that are lying dormant for the time being that can spring up that have me stressing. Still figuring out if there's an effective way to parse them out.

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    The new look will definitely take some time getting used too, but hopefully we can bring back some of the old S|W charm soon enough.

    I will continue to look into the dormant spam accounts and work on getting the promotions working properly Mike, hopefully that's the end of the spam.
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    Might be unfair to some people that have signed up but never posted, but maybe just bulk deleting all Accounts with zero posts that were created before the Forum got taken down for the maintenance?

    I doubt there's any other way without manually checking to see if each account seems plausible, which would be a lot of work and in my opinion time that would be better spent elsewhere.

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    You're not wrong there, but I feel as though that might be what is necessary. It is pretty easy to write an SQL statement to do this, but will have to confirm with Mike if this is the route we want to go to get rid of some of the accounts.

    I could always do it via the creation of the account date as well, so if it was created pre-update and posts are at zero, delete.
    The problem is accounts that have been created, posted, then banned but not deleted. Their post counts will obviously be greater than zero so the above won't necessarily work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SebastienPeek View Post
    You're not wrong there, but I feel as though that might be what is necessary. It is pretty easy to write an SQL statement to do this, but will have to confirm with Mike if this is the route we want to go to get rid of some of the accounts.

    I could always do it via the creation of the account date as well, so if it was created pre-update and posts are at zero, delete.
    The problem is accounts that have been created, posted, then banned but not deleted. Their post counts will obviously be greater than zero so the above won't necessarily work.
    That largely depends on how many users it's going to delete. I did go through and scan all the accounts that have 0 posts and a huge number of them are clearly legit users.

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    Hmm, okay, will have to figure out another way. I'll keep doing some research on determining spam accounts!
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    Great to see some action guys!
    Thanks.

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    Wow. This new look is something to get used to. Is there no way to implement the old style?

    I feel N00by here, while I used to know almost all the ins and outs of the old one haha
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    Sorry. Unfortunately, there's no way to make the old one layout work with the updated software. Hopefully everyone finds the new digs "at home" before long.

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    The spam is not fixed, unfortunately.

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    Sadface

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    Builds section and Air ride management section so far.
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    Sorry guys, we're really, really trying. We're gonna keep taking steps to prevent this!

    Lucas, did you happen to make note of the banned user's join date?

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    Interested to know what that users join date was...
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    Okay, so he was a previous user. Interesting.

    Will have to look into a spam clean up. I've spoken to Mike about doing a few things on my own server and seeing what I can come up with before running scripts on this database. Until then, it seems spam account creation is definitely more difficult since the update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    For the time being, could you implement first topic/post authorization?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Burroughs View Post
    Sorry guys, we're really, really trying. We're gonna keep taking steps to prevent this!

    Lucas, did you happen to make note of the banned user's join date?
    All of them had a join date the same day that they posted
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    perhaps a limit to the amount of threads a user can create in one day?

    surely no real user needs to create more than one or two threads per day?

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    Today I implemented a new user group for "confirmed users" and a promotion that moves users from the "registered user" group.
    What this means is that when a new user activates his/her account, they can't create a thread until their post count is > 5.

    This means we should see a lot less spam threads created. I also updated the registration process to include a written question instead of a CAPTCHA.
    That should put us in a better spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    All of them had a join date the same day that they posted
    Not in the case I checked the other day. I opened 3, all 3 had account created in 2016.

    Quote Originally Posted by SebastienPeek View Post
    Today I implemented a new user group for "confirmed users" and a promotion that moves users from the "registered user" group.
    What this means is that when a new user activates his/her account, they can't create a thread until their post count is > 5.

    This means we should see a lot less spam threads created. I also updated the registration process to include a written question instead of a CAPTCHA.
    That should put us in a better spot.
    Beautiful. Hopefully you limit where those first 5 posts can be made [forced into the intro section]? Otherwise they might just spam into other threads?

    We'll see how this goes anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazig.k View Post
    Beautiful. Hopefully you limit where those first 5 posts can be made [forced into the intro section]? Otherwise they might just spam into other threads?

    We'll see how this goes anyway.
    Unfortunately can't limit to where those first 5 posts go, but I remember using a forum previously where it was more "go and investigate other threads, answer questions people have or add value and then we'll let you post your own thread" and it worked pretty well there. A lot less spammers that's for sure.
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