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Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:40:32 AM »
So with our first spammer registration today, we’re moving to a new system: all users are probationary until their first post, and the first post must be approved by a moderator.

The forum software doesn’t update until you post, so some of you may get caught in this! We will diligently try to approve posts and get you out of probation as fast as possible.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2019, 12:57:27 PM by eigen »
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Re: Spam! First Post Approval Required
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 12:19:31 PM »
Thanks for your work on this!

A humble suggestion for your thread title:

SPAM:  Starting Post Approval Mandatory

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Re: Spam! First Post Approval Required
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2019, 12:28:19 PM »
Thanks for the notice and all the efforts to keep SPAM away!

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Re: Spam! First Post Approval Required
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 12:37:29 PM »
Thank you for this. I was going to ask if the software allowed the prohibition of accounts made from certain ISPs or regional domains, but this method will probably work better.
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Re: Spam! First Post Approval Required
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2019, 12:56:45 PM »
Thank you for this. I was going to ask if the software allowed the prohibition of accounts made from certain ISPs or regional domains, but this method will probably work better.

It does! I haven’t quite figured it out, though.
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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2019, 02:58:39 PM »
I'm glad I didn't have to pass a spam test.

I already feel like one of the elders of Fora 2.0!
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Re: Spam! First Post Approval Required
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2019, 06:35:43 AM »
Thank you for this. I was going to ask if the software allowed the prohibition of accounts made from certain ISPs or regional domains, but this method will probably work better.

It does! I haven’t quite figured it out, though.

I think the approach you are adopting is a more robust approach. Some spammers manage to hijack legitimate systems - I was locked out of some places for a while after a former employer's system was hacked and used for a big spam campaign (one of those idiots who responded to an email claiming they needed to renew their password and "please click and your old password here to update" meant the whole university was blacklisted for a while).

I am a recently redundant moderator from the CHE Forum. I was useful for deleting spam before the US woke up, and many hours of my time would have been saved had a pre-approval system been in operation. It used to amaze me that I would get locked out for too much activity while deleting offers of fake degrees from every university in Australia, Canada, France, Germany while while the spammers were able to continue posts with about fake degrees from  Netherland, Singapore, United Kingdom (I hadn't realised how many universities there are here!) and even the US (for some reason Taiwan comes after the US in the spammer alphabet).

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2019, 04:42:29 PM »
You're one of the ones to say "thank-you" to, then, too!

(Maybe the US was listed as "States, United" ???)

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2019, 08:31:45 PM »
Okay, so here's my first post.  Am I approved?  (Nice to see some familiar folks here!)

ETA:  Apparently, no approval was necessary--perhaps the new mandatory-approval-of-first-post system isn't in place yet.  Will we who are here now be vetted once the system is up and running?
« Last Edit: June 03, 2019, 08:34:38 PM by InfoPri »

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2019, 08:37:50 PM »
I'm here!
I finished dragging in the supplies for the hiding thread. Shields are functioning, the refreshment table is loaded, the pillows have been fluffed, and the cuddly animals are all ready.
I'll be napping in the corner. Wake me if something interesting happens?

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2019, 08:56:14 PM »
I'm here!
I finished dragging in the supplies for the hiding thread. Shields are functioning, the refreshment table is loaded, the pillows have been fluffed, and the cuddly animals are all ready.
I'll be napping in the corner. Wake me if something interesting happens?

I look forward to a restart of the hiding thread.
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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2019, 09:14:05 PM »
I'm here!
I finished dragging in the supplies for the hiding thread. Shields are functioning, the refreshment table is loaded, the pillows have been fluffed, and the cuddly animals are all ready.
I'll be napping in the corner. Wake me if something interesting happens?

I look forward to a restart of the hiding thread.

Me, three.

A puppy to play with would be nice right about now...and fall asleep with.

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Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2019, 09:21:04 AM »
Where would you like a primary post for approval?

Also, is there a place where doctoral students are hanging out?  I need to find some for a paper I'm writing; preferably drop-outs or re-starts.

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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2019, 05:03:36 PM »
Where would you like a primary post for approval?

Also, is there a place where doctoral students are hanging out?  I need to find some for a paper I'm writing; preferably drop-outs or re-starts.

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I’d try starting a thread under the General Academic Discussions forum.
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Re: Spam! Starting Mandatory “First Post” Approval
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2019, 08:54:04 PM »
Where would you like a primary post for approval?

Also, is there a place where doctoral students are hanging out?  I need to find some for a paper I'm writing; preferably drop-outs or re-starts.

Prof Accounting

I’d try starting a thread under the General Academic Discussions forum.

This individual is soliciting study participants for their research (they've just come over from starting a thread on the CHE fora.) They were reminded of the rules there, which I believe are the same here, yes?

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Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.