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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:57 am 
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This is why we don't allow gmail. This is off of our server.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:16 pm 
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We could debate this, but you're the boss here. What do you mean by "spam domains"?

Hotmail is a close second. Considering Gmail probably has way more users, I'd say Hotmail has a bigger problem.

If you're referring to forum spam, there's a better way.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:21 pm 
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I'm also part of another forum that doesn't allow ANY registrations from third-party email providers. They say to use your ISP and if you can't do that then join some other forum.

Seems a little harsh, but it's effective.

Our setup for new users works well. The first post has to be approved. The only thing that really annoys me about it is when a new user posts the same thing over and over and wonders why it's not showing up.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:53 pm 
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This is an actual spam count off of our email server over a month period. The spam domains are the domain sources of the originating emails.


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:59 am 
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Ben wrote:
This is an actual spam count off of our email server over a month period. The spam domains are the domain sources of the originating emails.

You're saying this is a count of spam emails received by your email server? I'm not sure that's going to have any correlation with forum spam, since that's a whole different critter.

I've implemented an anti-spam question in my registration process. I supplied three different questions that any human can answer, but a bot can't. The forum gives one question at random that the registrant must answer. I was getting about 100 registrations per day (99% bots). Now I'm down to about 1-2 per day, and so far--ZERO successful bot registrations. I don't block any domains.

The questions (appropriate for my forum) are really simple:
What was the last year for the Isuzu P'up ("1987")
What was the Isuzu Pickup called from 1988-1995? ("Pickup")
Who was Isuzu's TV spokesman in their early commercials? ("Joe Isuzu").

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 9:40 am 
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I actually didn't create an account for almost a year because I couldn't use my gmail. Finally I had to make another email and use it. Glad I did but still it put me off.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:15 pm 
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Jack, your obviously biased in favor of gmail. I'm guessing you have a phone with an android OS?

We have an anti-spam question here too that has all but killed the forum spamming.

Every once in a while, we turn gmail back on again, and boom, within a couple days, the forum spamming starts again.
And yes, these are actual people, that answer the question correctly and manage to register, and then start their BS after a couple days.

I'll tell you what though. I'll turn it back on again. Any bets on how long it takes this time?


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:57 pm 
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Ben wrote:
Jack, your obviously biased in favor of gmail. I'm guessing you have a phone with an android OS?

No, I have an iPhone. But I like Gmail. I initially chose it because they were early adopters of using secure connections. As you can see, my email doesn't use the Gmail domain. I do use their services, but using my own domains. If that means I'm "biased", so be it.

I'm pretty surprised to hear that your forum spam is from human members. I think we've had that happen once or twice, but not enough to prompt any policy changes.

Again, I'm not trying to second-guess your policies--just relating my own experience. You do a great job with this forum.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 3:04 pm 
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Well, like Mgbrand pointed out, by blocking gmail, we are alienating certain people. I never liked that part of it.


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Not a website but the Facebook luv page was getting spam at least 15X a day. I became admin and now it takes me at least 3 minuets per new request to look at their page before approving them. It's a pain but since this started we have had spam less then 5 X. I say if blocking gmail helps conserve time then do it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 11:52 pm 
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This wasn't a fair test. The registration was broken until now. :)


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Ben wrote:
This wasn't a fair test. The registration was broken until now. :)

Broken as in NOBODY could register?

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:36 am 
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Yes. The image captcha was not displaying.


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drummerforhire wrote:
Yes. The image captcha was not displaying.

I abandoned CAPTCHA long ago. In my experience, every spambot can defeat it--the only registrants that have trouble with it are old people like me! :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:41 pm 
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Another 30 day sample off our server.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:32 pm 
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Almost 2 a day, dump Gmail

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:51 pm 
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Now I see what that is. It's not forum spam, it's email spam, right?

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Yes Jack.

Although I haven't noticed any problems with gmail on the forums lately.


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drummerforhire wrote:
The only thing that really annoys me about it is when a new user posts the same thing over and over and wonders why it's not showing up.

<facepalm> Exaaaaccctly....


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