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Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:52 pm
by mikerickin
Hello everyone, My name is Mike,I am graduated with the Open University in 2007. My primary interests are Political Philosophy and Ethics, but I am always interested in delving into other branches of philosophy. I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:43 pm
by Mr. ShadowStealer
Hmm... A spambot?

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:06 pm
by fb_joel
Indeed it most likely is. I'm going to leave this here so people can google his name and find this out - I had to check a dozen sites to finally figure out that yes, mikerickin is a spammer of sorts. He could even be a human working in those spamming sweatshops or whatever. He's posted hundreds of "hi I'm new here" posts on various forums (they are all a little bit different and seem to have some similarities so you have to google a bit more to find out the inconsistencies, i.e. the spammers have probably created a "profile" with hundreds of information nuggets and then they take a few of those into each post, but it's not perfect) and it seems that after the first post he will post 2 more posts. At some point he'll change his signature to advertise some shady sites. It seems A LOT of sites have been "fooled", so it looks like the spammers are getting more clever and people fall into the trap. He's even posted a few "this program gives me an error, please help". (Which is pretty tough because you never know if it's a real human who's just completely lost, or a spammer like in this case - an example is here.)

Anyhow I'll block his username so he can't do any harm here. And Mike, if you really think you're not a spammer, please do send me an email at [email protected] (see the url in the browser). :D

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:10 pm
by Raresed84
hy my name is rares.....and i'm not a spamm:)))....maybe mikerickin was just trying to be nice....so hy mikerickin ;)) :mrgreen:

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:09 pm
by fb_joel
Sure you aren't. :? I've disabled your account and deleted the spam signature. It's quite pointless to post spam here as we monitor the site quite regularly and your links won't get noticed by many people until they're gone. I'm leaving the post as an example again.

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:59 am
by luzagodom
Hi,everyone

I only want to say hello

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:30 pm
by fb_joel
And I'm going to leave this one too. Perhaps the spammers are looking for this 'Hello Everyone' thread and use it to track things...

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:30 pm
by Lucas W
They probably search for it through Google, So maybe change the title of the topic?

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:35 pm
by fb_joel
Nah, I'm thinking of leaving this here as a spam trap. (Of course we should try to eliminate spam registrations altogether but if they get through, it's better if they just post here instead of in other threads.)

But we'll see...

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:04 am
by Lucas W
CAPCHA?

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:23 am
by zeeZ
Has the be one that prevents humans from registering too o0

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:39 pm
by Mr. ShadowStealer
Or you could installa 3D Captcha module on these forums. I think you can find one on the phpbb forum.

And if you don't know what I mean, it looks like this:

http://www.raymond.cc/images/teabag-3d-captcha.png

Some info:
http://code.google.com/p/3dcaptcha/

Pictures of other Captcha methods:
http://www.captcha.hu/

Also there's this one Captcha which creates letters out of ASCII characters. So far none of the known spam bots have been able to break the 3D captcha and ASCII captcha but this is just what I have read.

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:30 pm
by zeeZ
Or you keep it the way it is now, because the ones posting their spam here were human and a fancy stereoscopic 4D hologram captcha would do exactly nothing to stop them

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:37 pm
by fb_joel
Yeah I hate captchas myself so I rather use something else... But we'll see, I'll have to start investigating this stuff further when there's some extra time again. So far they haven't been a nuisance so it's easy to manually handle it (unlike e.g. the craziest phpBB2 days).

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:48 am
by gertrugehoy
Hai everyone, I am Gertrude Hoy. I am new to this forum.

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:36 am
by fb_joel
Spam trap seems to be working...

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:08 pm
by Mr. ShadowStealer
Heh. That sounds so funny. There are all kinds of traps in the world but I think this is the very first spam trap. :mrgreen:

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:44 pm
by fb_joel
Indeed. :)

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:16 am
by gameslobby
Hello friends, My name is Jennifer Hoops. I am new on this website.

Re: Hello Everyone

Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:05 am
by amandak695
Hi !
I've just visited this forum. Happy to get acquainted with you. Thanks.