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TapeOpHillary
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:01 pm    Post subject: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

looking for the username & password to either register or update your profile?
try re-reading the posting rules.
thanks and have a nice day.


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valverec
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

What prompted this?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

why? spambots being able to register then post spam everywhere.

the first step i took was changing automatic registrations to approved-by-admin ones. this led to me personally receiving about 40 new spam member request emails daily and about an hour or two of my time daily having to sort through them, determine if they were real or not, and delete the ones that obviously weren't. AND additionally having to reply to people that were too impatient to wait for me to sort through the lots of new members just to activate the good ones.

so then, the next step, by making the occupations & interests fields required, i could see who actually was into recording, but i was still getting flooded with spammers using interests like "internet" "sports" "music" "television" "technology" and then loads of funny things i can't even remember and lots of things in russian characters.

since it wasn't always clear if someone that put "music" in the interests field was real or spammer, so adding the password-protected registration/profile page has kept out probably 95% of spammers.

the 5% could also be real people who didn't read the rules that they needed to put something to do with audio or recording in those fields so i can spot them right away as being real. by putting "stuff" or "girls" or something that doesn't have to do with audio or recording in under interests, for all i know they are still spammers..
i'm just not activating those people. if they want to be members they need to email me so i know they're just wiseasses rather than spammers.

hope that's clear. it's been wonderful on this end. and we've had a spam-free board since end of january or so.
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lancebug
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

props.

I do miss reading posts from my buddy "free_n0k1a_v1agra_onl1ne" though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:51 am    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

and didn't you like "free im_a_spammer_ if you contact us now"
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valverec
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

I love that you're going after these guys with such vigor. I do miss the 'I'm a spammer" messages though. They did offer a little entertainment. It'll be interesting to see if this stops them. I don't see how a spambot could possibly get around this. Good show!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

it's funny because i couldn't care less that i personally get 100 junk emails daily.
i just go through those and delete 'em.
but when it comes to *business* it gets nipped in the bud. - is that the right phrase? sounds stupid...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

TapeOpHillary wrote:
and didn't you like "free im_a_spammer_ if you contact us now"


Yeah I thought that was pretty slick. Thats why I always replace the "i" and "o" with "1" and "0" when I'm hawking my bogus cell phones and sex pills.
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bap
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

I'll look around some more, but I can't find a 'secret handshake' password. I was going to look at my profile but can't get in. I seem to be able to post ok.

I re-read the rules. I usually glance down my spam folder before deleting and don't think I missed anything there. I've received TapeOp 2007 blurbs (1 anyhow) in my regular box.

How do I get into my profile?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

bap wrote:
I'll look around some more, but I can't find a 'secret handshake' password. I was going to look at my profile but can't get in. I seem to be able to post ok.

I re-read the rules. I usually glance down my spam folder before deleting and don't think I missed anything there. I've received TapeOp 2007 blurbs (1 anyhow) in my regular box.

How do I get into my profile?

sorry, but i guess you obviously *didn't* read all the way through the rules.
try again Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:36 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

Oops! Embarassed .... I guess I didn't.... so much for my speed reading!

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: THE SECRET HANDSHAKE Reply with quote

Very Happy
there's a method to the madness, trust me.
we're spam-free now!
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