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  • #233957
    Mark
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    @mglondonroadste

    Obviously there’s too much spam getting through. The other forums

    that I belong to that rarely, if ever, get spam and fake memberships

    require new user approval before any posting is allowed.

    Can this site be upgraded to that type of security?

    #248948
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I’ve spoken with the company that provides the hosting service and contracts for the forum software.

    Short answer is no.

    Remember, our founder FranieD set us up here. His brother Jeff works for the hosting firm. If we want to stay here, we are committed to this software. Ya’ll think I am an uber-admin here, but really I only have admin rights to manage members (delete, block specific users, password resets, etc). I can manage posts too (move, delete, etc). And I can block IP addresses and emails.

    When I see a run from one IP address, I do block that address.

    The anti-spam settings are at their strictest, with one exception. We have it set so that you can post a maximum of five posts in a ten minute period. I could lengthen that time period, bit I think it would inconvenience the real members.

    The forum software does not have a setting for pre-approval of new users. Once a registration us made, the user id is live.

    Every now and then you see a small run of spam, like today. When I logged on this afternoon, there were a half dozen or so.

    But….we actually get an average of three dozen spam users registering each day. And, as you can see, our anti-spam settings prevent the vast majority from posting anything.

    I delete those addresses on a regular basis. And usually I am on-line, deleting spam posts before just about anyone sees them. (Watch it folks, I’m often lurking here!!!). The past two days, I’ve been away with no internet access. So you got to see the junk before I did.

    I know it can be annoying. But I try to keep the junk to a minimum.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #248949
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Paul, I’ve been in your shoes and didn’t like them.  I get far more junk and spam in my own personal email account than through this site.  Great job.  Thanks.

    #248950
    john barry
    Participant

    @jebarry

    Paul …its easy to see the spam .I just ignore it .. This is an awesome site ..thanks  for all your dedication and hard work.

    #248951
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Just a quick follow up,

    Last night I deleted 42 user ids that were all from automated spammer/registration systems. And just now I deleted another 22.

    For the most part, I think our spam post blocking measures are working. That was 64 “users” in less than 24 hours that were unable to post any spam.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #248952
    john barry
    Participant

    @jebarry

    #248953
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!! 

    #248954
    Marc Lipsius
    Participant

    @mrlmd

    Paul – You could set up another trusted member or two who you feel are capable to help you, to be able to delete spam if they see it too, before you get to it.
    On one of the motorcycle forums I have been on for years, I and 2 other members have been given admin privileges to delete spam and obnoxious posts and bar spammers. This might help you keep this site clean.

    And thanks for the good job!

    mrlmd40945.8910416667

    #248955
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    It’d have to be someone who is always hanging around . . . 

    #248956
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    Paul,

    You’ve been doing an excellent job with the circumstances.  I was unaware of the amount of work you are doing for this site and I applaud you for it.  Thank you very much for what you do.

    I was only trying to offer a suggestion that I’ve seen on other forums, but this site does not have a small army of admins that those others do. 

    You are doing a fine job.  Yes, the spam is generally very easy to spot, and I want to thank you for doing the work required to keep this site at its high level of service and performance. 

    I’m grateful for people like you how dedicate the time to monitor and maintain a healthy and user-friendly forum for all of us.

    #248957
    Marc Lipsius
    Participant

    @mrlmd

    There’s many of us always hanging around, checking this site at least once a day if not more. If other members could be allowed to delete and block spam, it would make Paul’s job a lot easier.

    #248958
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    You guys must think I work way more at this than I really do.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

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