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Spam / Forum Password

#1 Post by PyTom » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:47 am

I give up.

To stop the unending and wearying waves of spammers, I've set a password that new members are required to know to join the LSF. Members with at least 5 posts can find the password at:

viewtopic.php?f=72&t=56372

Feel free to give this to anyone legit, but don't post it publicly. I've also created a channel on the Ren'Py discord where new users can ask for it. The will be changed on an as-necessary basis.

Thanks to spammers, the permissionless Internet is no more. :(
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Re: Spam / Forum Password

#2 Post by Imperf3kt » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:08 am

I understand the difficulty of this decision.

If you require additional moderation help, I'm sure there are a few members who are more than capable/willing to help.
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#3 Post by arty » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:35 am

I'm really glad you took this step. I felt really sorry for the mods with how the waves of spammers just kept coming every day, and it discouraged me from checking the forums.

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#4 Post by LateWhiteRabbit » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:33 am

I'm glad you took this step, because the spam was really getting out of control.

I feel it's necessary, unfortunately. It was getting discouraging to check the forums and see so many new topics that weren't actually new topics.

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Re: Spam / Forum Password

#5 Post by PyTom » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:23 pm

LateWhiteRabbit wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:33 am
I feel it's necessary, unfortunately. It was getting discouraging to check the forums and see so many new topics that weren't actually new topics.
This is, honestly, why I did it.
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Re: Spam / Forum Password

#6 Post by Dodo » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:03 pm

It sucks that it had to come to this but I agree with your decision completely. Some people get a kick out of ruining it for others :/

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Re: Spam / Forum Password

#7 Post by PyTom » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:11 pm

I've cleaned up at bit more of the spam mess, by going in and deleting some of the profile fields from users with 0 posts. Hopefully, this will get rid of some of the stealth spam, where users would add links to their profiles.
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