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Hello,
You know, I hate telemarketers. I hate a lot of things, but that takes the cake in things that irritate me. Whether it being a recorded message about my car's warranty expiring (Before I even HAD a car and could drive, mind you) or some foreign guy asking for my social security. That last one was one where I actually called him out on what he is, and he swore at me upon realizing I wasn't going to give him the "yes" he desired. And it appears that not even this forum is safe from them, with so many bot accounts just worming their way in here and plastering latest posts on medical products and writing services that none of us need. Is there anything else we can do besides ignore them? Can't we do something? I feel like Belle in 358 days where she tries to rally the castle staff to solve the heartless problem, Who wants to be Lumiere? positions open! If you'd need someone to block them, I guess I could do it if no one else wants to.
 

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Hello,
You know, I hate telemarketers. I hate a lot of things, but that takes the cake in things that irritate me. Whether it being a recorded message about my car's warranty expiring (Before I even HAD a car and could drive, mind you) or some foreign guy asking for my social security. That last one was one where I actually called him out on what he is, and he swore at me upon realizing I wasn't going to give him the "yes" he desired. And it appears that not even this forum is safe from them, with so many bot accounts just worming their way in here and plastering latest posts on medical products and writing services that none of us need. Is there anything else we can do besides ignore them? Can't we do something? I feel like Belle in 358 days where she tries to rally the castle staff to solve the heartless problem, Who wants to be Lumiere? positions open! If you'd need someone to block them, I guess I could do it if no one else wants to.
It’s hard because they are aggressive due to how old our archives are…Short of making the site an approved registration site, which might be a better choice anyways.
 

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As a web dev, spam bots are some of the worst things to combat ever. No matter what systems you put in place (other than manual approval), they're constantly finding new ways to post more spam. Once your site becomes a target, it's really hard to shake them off.
 

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As a web dev, spam bots are some of the worst things to combat ever. No matter what systems you put in place (other than manual approval), they're constantly finding new ways to post more spam. Once your site becomes a target, it's really hard to shake them off.
I can see why, doesn't matter how many times you block their accounts, they'll just make more of them to push their agenda.
 

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A solution we usually do is ban large swaths of IP addresses from specific regions or ban the entire region as a whole. Negatives to that tend to be that IP addresses refresh faster than we can keep up with especially with the use of VPNs, and banning an entire region might block out legitimate users.
 

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Honestly tempted to apply for staff JUST to fight them. Even though I'd be running a fool's errand it wouldn't be the first time I would be up against impossible odds.
 

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I haven't played with Xenforo in a long time, but things that can help catch spam is ReCaptcha of some kind. Or, if you're able to put time restrictions on user registrations, posts.

For example, if they're account is less than a week old, all their threads (not posts) are put in an approval queue or something like that. Technically would not stop bots, but would keep them from posting while "THE MODS ARE ASLEEP".

One bot getting through and posting outbound links attracts more bots, so it might help reduce bots overtime.

IF Xenforo has that feature.

Cloudflare might help a little too? If you aren't already using it.

If the spambots are using a handful of email domains, blocking those can also help.

Whoever invented spam bots are the worst.
 

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I see the threads pretty often. I always want to report them for the mods to help the cleanup maybe go faster, but you have to open the thread to report it and, tbh, I'm afraid to get a virus from opening them, lol.
 

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A solution we usually do is ban large swaths of IP addresses from specific regions or ban the entire region as a whole. Negatives to that tend to be that IP addresses refresh faster than we can keep up with especially with the use of VPNs, and banning an entire region might block out legitimate users.
haha i think this is what happened to me when I was in Pakistan earlier this year, woke up to an IP ban and I got so worried
 

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They also show up in profile posts, sometimes that's all they do. Darn cockroaches.

And as most of you know, I've modded before so I know the never ending battle. I swear, they keep coming out of the woodwork like Heartless or something.
 

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They also show up in profile posts, sometimes that's all they do. Darn cockroaches.

And as most of you know, I've modded before so I know the never ending battle. I swear, they keep coming out of the woodwork like Heartless or something.
I'd say that'd be appropriate for a site like this, but I know that this isn't just a KHInsider problem, tons of other sites are affected by this.
 

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Soldier: NO KIDDING. I was public with this a while back but..Up until RPGamer pulled their board, I was a member mod over there. You would NOT believe what I saw spammer wise a lot, I could burn your ears. Even saw a really really gross porno spam over there that made me want to wash my eyes out with bleach. UGH. (I didn't do it, I like my eyes.)

But yeah, makes me really sympethetic to the mods here, and yes I keep reporting stuff I see.
 

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Hello. This is Recon. I’m here to talk about your car’s extended warranty
 
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