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Spambots, Unwanted Messages, And You.

Discussion in 'News Archive' started by mandarific, Dec 31, 2011.

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    mandarific WHOA HI.

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    Hello, Citizens of the D! Everyone having a good New Year? Not drinking too much? Drinking just enough? Care to share this bottle of wine? There's still plenty left!

    On behalf of the RPG-Directory staff, I'd like to talk to you all for a minute about Spam Bots and Unwanted Private Messages. As many of you have noticed, we recently had a spam bot here on the 'D that disguised itself as an actual member and sent private messages to many members. Some of you recognized that it was spam right away, others didn't, and a lot of you brought this to our attention.

    This particular issue - User "Tina123" - has been taken care of. There is no need to further report this one (though, again, we do appreciate it!) because we have deleted the account and remedied the situation. If you received a PM from this user do not open it, just delete it! If you did delete it, nothing bad will happen, except you may have wasted a minute or two of your life, which we wouldn't wish on anyone.

    If you ever receive an unwanted private message from a member OR a bot, report it immediately. This includes anything from unsolicited advertising and poorly worded spam messages to someone harassing you or asking for personal information that you don't want to give out. You can report any private message just like it was a post on the forums and the staff will take care of it as soon as possible.

    Be wary of "smart" spam bots! While the RPG-Directory staff is doing absolutely anything and everything in our power to keep you spam free, sometimes spam bots slip through our grasp. Please report any as soon as you see them, but be aware that since we are now in THE FUTURE Spam Bots can be kind of tricky. Be wary of posts that are worded strangely and have a link to an external site or ask you to send an email to someone or ask for personal information. If you think it's spam, go ahead and report it. We won't get mad if you report someone who isn't a bot, and we'll be looking into it heavily before taking action.

    Thank you all for your diligence in reporting things that shouldn't be where they are - we appreciate it greatly and it really helps us keep the 'D a happier, safer place!

    May you all have an absolutely fantastic, spam-free New Year!
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    Clockwork gryphon enthusiast

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    And if you receive a message from a Nigerian prince, he listed the bank account wrong. Send it to mine instead.
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    Lorreign did I put on deodorant this morning?

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    They also seem to be posting status updates with links. You may want to disallow the ability for brand new members (the 15 post thing or whatever).
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    mandarific WHOA HI.

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    I actually did bring this up earlier today (specifically disabling PMs for newly registered members with 0 posts as well) and I definitely think we're going to look into doing something like this - just an awkward day for it as most staff are out celebrating the new year!
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    B-but I thought he loved me!

    And I think Tina123 has been effectively spam slayed. xD
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    ROBOTIC Hooked on your line

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    Can't say I've experienced any spam thus far, but I'll definitely keep my eyes open.
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    Dreamer Shadows New Member

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    I received a letter and I opened it but I had no issues. I just was weirded out by the message. XD Thanks guys!

    And luckily haven't received a PM from a prince haha.
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    Dante. PhD in time wasting

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    but....but...but he said he had £150,000 to put in my bank account...and I got a really good deal on some viagra! :(


    On the actual topic, its so great that you guys are being so diligent about spam, it makes things a lot better for the rest of us.
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    Lint Roller Queen Mother

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    I have changed the settings in ACP and for folks with 0 posts there will be a forum visible for them to post in if they need to make PMs. Please report if you guys find any issues still, there's always a chance I did it wrong as this ACP system is moderately confusing. Thanks for your patience!
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    Spambots are getting smarter. I've had a few show up on my forum and post almost normally, and then the next thing you know they're trying to advertise some product or PMing members. It's just annoying. I'll be sure to report any spammers I see.
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    Naruse The Destroyer of Cakes

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    It pained me to have to report someone who seemed to genuinely believe I might be the love of their lives... I am very loveable after all... It could quite easily have been true!!

    But in all seriousness, I was surprised to see how sneaky that one was. Creepy, in a way.

    Now I need to find someone else to love me :(
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    Perhaps intelligent spam filters are the first sign of the coming robotic apocalypse, perhaps this is the machines reaching out for our love and acceptance and it is only when we reject it that they realise that they can never be human and their only recourse is to rise up and destroy the human race for our rejection, in the manner of a scorned lover, like Glen Close in Fatal Attraction.

    It'll start off small, emails asking why we havn't responded, then aim messages about why we dont talk to them anymore, then virus's sent wirelessly to our computers, and then one day we will wake up and our petville animal on facebook has been put in a cooking pot, then Skynet...it's a slippery slope...
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    Hrmm when I reactivated my account I had three spam bot messages in my inbox which wanted me to talk to them on IM saying my profile was interesting. Well my profile was blank at the time, so I assume they where spam bots. Which now seeing this post I wish I didn't delete the messages right away. If I get any more I will be sure to report the names here.

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