Additional spam control

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AnimState's picture
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Joined: 12/24/2014
It's understandable  that with manual human verification of each account registered here, there will still be some spammers that manage to get through.
What would be nice, though, is if the spammers that got through could not post a new topic every MINUTE or less and bury every single relevant post on the forum in no time. 
My suggestion is that users should get a cool-off period if they try to post a certain number of new topics in a certain period of time. Then if they persist, the cool-off period should be increased with each attempt. Once a certain amount of cool-off periods are triggered in a certain amount of time, the account should be locked pending investigation by the administrators. 
Another suggestion I've seen is that new users should have to write a certain number of replies before they can post new topics.  Many forums have it so that users need to have around 10 replies posted before they can make new topics or post links. 
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Joined: 09/23/2014
Would be better if they put

Would be better if they put report Topic & report reply to report it fast!! and prevent spam


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I have already personally

I have already personally suggested some Drupal Modules to Bryjolf, just a few days ago, in fact. Drupal is the sitebulding tool SOD uses to host its forums. I suggested the use of the Spamicide and LoginTobbogin modules, which, according to a forum maintainer, managed to eliminate all but the most determined of spammers.

The following is taken from my post and Brynjolf's subsequent reply:


NightmareRebuff's picture
09/01/2015 - 19:42

I have found a Drupal-based mod for eliminating some spambots by autobanning IPs that have been associated with spambot creation and operation. Please look into this. Any time the mods are offline, it becomes open season for the spammers. Whatever your latest patch was, clearly it has not worked.


Please, please read this, and maybe pass it on to the forum programming teams. There has got to be a Drupal module out there somewhere to stop this, because clearly Captcha is not working in the least.


Of particular interest is the Spamicide module, which adds a field to registration that normal users can't see, but that spambots will inadvertantly fill out. When a spambot fills it out, their application is rejected.

Also, the LoginToboggan module, which modifies user registration so that users can both set a password and be required to verify their email at the same time.


Brynjolf's picture
09/02/2015 - 11:48

Thanks for this NightmareRebuff. But it looks like we took care of all the spammers so far! Thanks for sending this along and we will keep in mind for the future.





Whatever fix was made, it clearly has not worked for long.



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Voodoo, the Night Fury


He was picked up as an egg somewhere near Barbados. He is solitary, impulsive, and sometimes borders on disloyal. His attentions are hard to earn, but he is subject to the occassional cuddle by the hearth on a particularly cold night. He gets especially restless whenever the full moon is out. He seems to enjoy scaring, (and possibly scarring), small children. His nicknames include Witch Doctor, Skully, and Strangelove, depending on who's asking. It's not exactly clear why he has his markings, but it seems to be a unique trait among dragons from the area in which his egg was found.


Scritter and Desark, the Terrible Terrors


Like Vodoo, Scritter comes from the area around Barbados. He's a perfect little horror; in every way. He always seems to find his way into places he's not supposed to be, like at the bottom of the well with Tuffnut, in the winter storage, or creeping under your bed. He is mute, but he more than makes up for it in his misbehavior. He very rarely takes anything seriously, with the sole exception of pranks. He loves to scare adults and children alike, and compulsively chases any chickens he sees. You'll sometimes catch him during his misdeeds. If you listen very carefully, you might just hear the clacking of his claws as he sneaks up on you. Scritter was found taking a nap inside some saddlebags on a long trip home, and eventually formed a brotherly bond with Desark.


Desark's usually vacant stare might lead one to believe that there isn't much going on in his head. And it's usually true. Desark's head is definitely in the clouds. He is capable of following extremely specific instructions to the letter... once he finally gets around to following them at all. He usually comes back to earth when food is involved, and will occasionally grasp that certain situations are serious enough to warrant his full attention, but this is quite rare. Desark would quite happily spend entire days staring off into the distance or basking in the afternoon sun. He is a sub-species of TT refferred to as a Totemic Terror.

Xerxes, the Deadly Nadder


Xerxes, like Voodoo and Scritter, comes from the area around Barbados. He was found heavily injured during an intended year-long trip to the area, his hide pierced by arrows and darts covered in poison, with a dislocated wing, and his leg badly broken from his crash. Over the course of about six months of care, he was healthy enough to begin rehabilitation. After two months of rehabilitaion, he was ready to fly to his new home. He has since become a loyal member of the pack, although he is still weary toward people. His leg still bothers him, so he occassionally walks with a limp in his stride, and this gets especially bad when the wheather gets extremely cold. Xerxes is sometimes overprotective of other dragons and still displays occasional aggression toward humans. When he is relaxed, his personality will emerge. He is highly curious, adventurous, and will never pass up a meal. He will not accept food directly from any human hand. Whether this is a matter of pride of a sign of his weariness is anyone's guess. While his exact age is unknown, he appears to be quite young, and is prone to occassional impetuousness and silliness when he thinks no one is looking.


Bonehazard, the Rumblehorn


A Rumblehorn who migrated from Barbados for reasons no one really knows. A bit of an oddball, Bonehazard was first encountered in the rocky outcroppings surrounding Outcast Island. It seemed he had been there for some time, as the Outcasts had already come up with a healthy amount of superstition surrounding his mysterious patterns. Superstition that Bonehazard seemed to quite enjoy. A few attempts were made to capture him, but all ended in faliure. Bonehazard was wily enough to avoid obvious traps, and never quite flew close enough to be fired at successfully. After a few months of tormenting the Outcasts, he moved on to Berk to test his luck. Unfortunately for him, the residents of Berk weren't quite so spooked by his appearance, and were already living alongside dragons. He has since bonded with a few villagers, but he still loves to make trouble, squeezing himself into tight, dark spaces and popping his bone-patterned head out to scare passing vikings, stealing fish, and occasionally making a huge mess wherever he goes.


Senegal, the Stormcutter


By far the oldest and most mature dragon in the group, Senegal is often the voice of reason. He is the only one capable of exerting any form of control over Scritter and Voodoo, and his dissaproving glances even sometimes set young vikings straight. Or perhaps just scares them stiff. He was already old by the time he migrated to Berk, and sort of just fell in with the crowd. He has a few old scars here and there, and some of his back spines are broken, but he's had plenty of experience fending for himself. Senegal seems to enjoy the company of small children (at least those brave enough to approach him), and rarely gets into conflicts with anyone. Despite his relaxed demeanor, a life of struggling has left him weary, and his guard is almost always up. He is undisputably the "alpha" among the members of the pack. He is the one other pack members look up to and respect.


Midas, the alpha Speed Stinger

Midas came to Berk after having stashed away on a boat. The boat eventually met up with Trader Johan, who unknowingly took this speed stinger back to Berk along with him. Midas had not come alone. He had brought the single sole surviving member of his pack with him, who has been nicknamed Bayter. Midas has never been truly tamed, but he has started a new adopted pack of speed stingers and has become accustomed to the presence of people. He is not above stealing food, but he rarely becomes defensive unless approached by a human weilding a weapon. While he is the alpha of his adopted pack, he acknowledges Senegal as his alpha, and will usually aquiesce to his wishes and demands. Midas is quite cunning and is a compulsive shiny object hoarder. He is very cautious, probably because of losing most of his original pack.


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Fei Lan and Feng Shen

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Imperial and Iseul, my OCs, revamped versions of Amberleaf's Banded Featherlure. Concept belongs to amberleaf7, revamp itself done by request (I'll take revamp requests via PM out of boredom =D)

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Icefire, my Ashed Fire

Deepscale, (unnamed species) OC

Grave, my Goat Furred Ram

Goldrust, my (unnammed species)


Nightgale, my Spiritwalker (Concept by 1Fairy/Scoubidous, revamp by me.)


Leilani, my Frilled Parrotbeak. Adopted from Cerebellum.


Seagrass, the chibi Seashocker, adopted from Nova.


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AnimState's picture
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Joined: 12/24/2014
Yes, I have read up on those

Yes, I have read up on those filters, too. I have mentioned the Authorititive Voice Method in other topics about this without acknowledgment. 


But I also figured that they had been dismissed by the admins already, too, for whatever reason. Because nobody in their right mind chooses something as ineffecient as manual human verification of accounts over an automated process. Siren (I think) mentioned that they are verifying the new accounts themselves.


I only mention flood control because of the fact that this particular user has managed to create over one hundred spam topics in the last ten hours. If the admins insist on manual verification,  the least they could do is use a minimum post count and/or flood control in conjunction with it. I can accept that spammers will occasionally get through any security. What I cannot accept is when ONE spammer is capable of wiping out all relevant and recent topics because they there is nothing stopping them from making a new topic every minute.