I think they try to fit in, and later they edit their posts with spam links.
Here's the movie version of TTLG spambots.
Alright, it's been going on for quite some time already, and while it doesn't really bother me too much, I got to ask out of curiosity, just in case someone has a good explanation, what's the point of these random spammers?
I mean, why bother registering on a forum just to post something random that makes no sense to anyone at all? I don't know how the registration process works here nowadays, but I'm assuming that there's some captcha thingy or something similar to make automated registration more difficult.
I would understand if their posts actually contained links or if they were trying to advertise something, but no, the posts of the recent batch of spammers are just totally random nonsense:
- Fantomaz from Algeria says: "hi from fan, at now I'm your fan )"
- BusiSussie says: "like +++, I'm like this!"
New spambots like that seem to pop up pretty much every day at the moment, so I could probably dig up a lot more examples (but I know that you've all seen these posts already), but most of these posts are deleted rather quickly. There's no further information or anything in their profiles either, so I wonder what exactly are they trying to achieve? At least they can occasionally be quite funny in all their randomness and hilariously bad English, I give them that.
i miss Ichbinladen
Sadly, IchBinLaden wasn't a spambot.
Personally, I'd have taken more care not to post with the same IP address as my proper account if I suddenly felt the need to play homophobic tourette's
Well, I'd say spam bots are quite rare here, at least comparing to Darkfate where they had become normal thing. Recently dozen of bots advertised themselves quite originally, through the calendar, having chosen the same birth date, so you could see all of them in birthday list at once.
Have you ever checked just how lucky we are that so many members have their Birthday on the 1st January?
Is there any way to tell on here whether a profile is banned or not? It would helpful to know, so we don't have to waste both our and the admins' time reporting posters that have already been dealt with.
Wouldn't implementing ReCaptcha into the forum account sign-up process go a long way?
Damn, Messerdoryday's on fire. I've never seen such a persistent spammer....
He's persistent because he's been allowed to persist.
Come on guys, clean this mess up already.
Part of the problem is that there's no deterrent. Would someone post spam if there was a risk that his ISP could terminate his contract? It would require admins from lots of forums to go to the trouble of getting the required info, it it's even possible, but if a few spammers were made examples of, others might start to think twice.
I have another idea. If a member has less than, say, 10 posts, and one of them is reported, that post could immediately be hidden, but not deleted, pending the attention of one of the admins.
There are ISPs who won't care and there's selfhosting.
It would be useful if people read up on existing spam fighting techniques (in vBulletin) before coming up with new ideas frequently. I know you mean well, but for several reasons it's highly unlikely that anyone will write new software based on these ideas.
Simple thing is to check the IP's, I do that on Black Cat. It works and helps to cut down on the spammers. I catch a lot of them. Its not perfect all the time, but it sure as hell beats letting everyone in. I don't know what their procedures are here for the newbies.
Project Honey Pot, and Stop Forum Spam are the method of choice.
Okay this is getting ridiculous. Spam posts are being left to rot where they stand -- I report just about every spam post there is and then I come back to find they're still there. Come on guys, if you're busy, just bring someone on as a janitor or something.
I believe dethtoll is the last great hope for mankind
It is difficult not to start thinking that the forums have been abandoned by admins and the bot zombie apocalypse is upon us...
... it'd be great to have an admin come and make a clear statement: is anyone still taking care of TTLG, or is this place slowly winding down? Between the spambots and the slowness, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks there are entirely too many tumbleweeds rolling down TTLG.
At this point I'm tempted to pay the entry fee and just switch to SomethingAwful.
I am on strike; none of the remaining moderators have been informed what's going on with ttlg, and I don't have the power to transfer moderation rights to anyone else.
As whoever owns the site (Dan? The Boogeyman? Dethtoll? Who knows?) doesn't seem to care either way, I'm not cleaning up their shit any more.
Cue laconic post by Kolya. Last one out, turn off the lights please.
Sad but understandable. There's a definite sense of TTLG coming to an end, not with a bang but with a whimper...
This sucks. MsLedd hasn't posted in months (besides the KTHXBYE thread) and neither has David, GBM is gone and Digi's understandably busy working on Dishonored. We need at least one new admin to take over server and domain management. Speed and hosting issues are most important, followed by renewing and refocusing the moderator team for all forums and banishing spammers.
This situation is messed up. I completely understand that people move on and do new things and lose interest in old hobbies. But if that's the case, pass the reins on to the people who still show some interest. If someone like Dan or David just wants to abandon the place, what is the possible harm in appointing some new admins and giving them a shot? What could possibly go wrong that isn't slowly happening now (or will happen) anyway?
It isn't as if TTLG is some moneymaking juggernaut and they're risking giving up some valuable commodity. Even worse though is the lack of information or announcement - at least have the decency to let everyone know what's going on in respect for what this place used to be or what is used to mean to them personally.
Edit: Also, it's pretty convenient that after string of posts on the front page last year, lo and behold the last one happens to be about Dishonored, and there it sits, the first thing anyone sees who comes here. Not to mention that the link from the main board index that goes directly to Arkane's Dishonored own board. Maybe TTLG has just become a big, cheap advertisement for Arkane's new game.
Last edited by Brethren; 4th May 2012 at 15:51. Reason: spelling