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Help Us Fight Spam
« on: June 30, 2010, 03:08:18 AM »
Hi everyone!

I want to announce some changes in the way new members are registered.

  • Everyone registering for the forum will now be directed to the Forum Rules and will be required to accept them in order to complete registration.
  • Email addresses are now hidden on profiles except for Moderators to view.  This is to protect the privacy of our members and help prevent spamming of email addresses.
  • Web addresses are no longer allowed on profiles.  We've been having a wave of new registrations that are simply spam with commercial websites shown on the profile.  Again, this is to protect the forum and our members from spam.

Our forum is growing at the pace of a galloping llama!  We currently have moderators on staff who watch over the boards, but if anyone ever sees a questionable, inappropriate, or spam post, please report it right away.  There's a link to "Report to Moderator" on the bottom right of every post.  Don't hesitate to use it if you see something that needs the attention of one of the staff. 

As I write this, we are only 3,000 short of hitting half a million pageviews for the month of June and I'm positive we will hit the mark with no problem.  You folks just blow me away and I can't thank everyone enough for bringing our modest little forum to such a stunning place on the Internet.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!   :-*

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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010, 07:48:43 AM »
Good changes Pam. This is inevitable as our forum grows.
I'd also like to thank everybody here on this forum; you're all doing a great job! :D

Spam must be fought somehow, I think everybody here agree. (This sketch was actually the origin of the word "spam" as unwanted message and not some meat thing!)
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 12:40:46 PM »
Llama Pam? Lol that reminds me of when my sims imply peoples mom's are Llama's! I agree I hate spam (not the meat) and will do my best to fight it! This forum and the sims are the best things in my life!

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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 02:55:20 PM »
Hang out the flag: NO SPAM FOR PAM!!!

I've always wanted to say that once. Glad I've got the chance now! :D




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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 05:26:14 AM »
Leto's last post was also sponsored by the musical Spamalot. We thank you for watching and we hope to see you again.
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 10:44:01 AM »
Hang out the flag: NO SPAM FOR PAM!!!

I've always wanted to say that once. Glad I've got the chance now! :D




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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010, 08:42:37 PM »
Simstar,

That's really not enough to justify a post.  Sorry, but we can't necessarily interpret what you're trying to say with just some periods and a question mark.  And again, if there's something referenced that you don't understand, Google or Wikipedia are an excellent way to learn about it, if you're interested.  Discussing those sorts of things just pulls the thread too far off topic.  :)
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2010, 09:33:56 PM »
So far I have not run across anything, but, I would imagine, the bigger the site gets, the more spam and bots are going to be seen on here.  From what I have seen, this site is on its way to being a very popular site.  What am I saying, it is a popular site. :)
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 09:38:00 PM »
Very true.  We're going to get swarmed with spam and bots.  I look at the profile of every new member and if it's spam or a bot, I ban it and delete the account.  I get a few of those every day and it will only get worse.
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2010, 10:09:41 PM »
What is the meaning of bots? It really makes me mad on yahoo. They send you the same stupid thing even when you try to tell it/them you're not interested! They are not human so what would it even be doing on this site? This site is for The Sims and nothing but the Sims. Do the bots now play computer games??  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2010, 10:14:46 PM »
Bots are basically computer generated, robots, so to speak.  Of course a real person makes it and then generates a paragraph of either, selling something, trying to direct someone to another site where you can get a virus and there are adult ones that come through yahoo IM that irritate the heck out of me.  Alot of the are links and it gets very annoying.
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2010, 10:43:14 PM »
Right, bots is a term short for robots, meaning it's not really a live person you can interact with.  When a site becomes popular, bots and spammers start showing up in droves simply because so many people view the pages of this forum.  They are hoping someone will click on their website, which can be something being sold, adult content, viruses, or any number of bad stuff.  If a forum isn't monitored, like YouTube, things really get out of control.  Bots all over the place and everyone fighting.  But because our forum is closely monitored, we won't have that happen.  Nobody can even register without me knowing about it and checking the profile.  But even that comes too late sometimes and a post is made.  That's when our team of moderators has to step in and remove the post and ban the poster.  And even further, if a member sees a spam post, please report it like I said in the first post on this thread.  We have safeguards in place, but there will be times when something slips through and makes it to a forum thread.  Thankfully, it's rare so far.
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2010, 10:47:02 PM »
there are adult ones that come through yahoo IM that irritate the heck out of me.  Alot of the are links and it gets very annoying.
Those are the ones I was talking about. Extremely annoying! You would think if someone was going to take the time to make a robot, at least make it do something interesting or productive! When I create simbots, I make them do things that are useful, not annoying!

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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2010, 07:05:35 AM »
Those are the ones I was talking about. Extremely annoying! You would think if someone was going to take the time to make a robot, at least make it do something interesting or productive! When I create simbots, I make them do things that are useful, not annoying!

Haha, nice one Esther. ;) I was just thinking the same way. I got a lot of that sort of bots on my msn-account. Really anoying. But I recognize them immediatly because they are mostly the only one who speak to me in English starting with the line: 'Hi honey, are you single?' The next thing I only have to do is asking them a phylosophic question that can't be answered by only 'yes' or 'no' and than I'm on my way straight away to the magnificant block button.

So people, how do we recognize the bots around here? What do they say usually? If I will recognize one I will report them, but I need to be sure before I will offend something that is actually alive here.

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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2010, 08:10:02 AM »
I must say the first thing that impressed me about this forum is the lack of spam messages. That has been one of the main things that has always put me off joining a forum. And in all honesty, with the number of members and views each day all I can say is wow, Pam and all the moderators, you are all doing an excellent job and should pat yourselves on the back.

I love this forum, I check it at least 5 times a day, I think everybody here is so friendly, and it's so nice to read all the posts. I shall do my best to help out in any way to fight the spam! (Which I detest with a passion like everybody else.)

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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2010, 08:42:56 AM »
Haha, nice one Esther. ;) I was just thinking the same way. I got a lot of that sort of bots on my msn-account. Really anoying. But I recognize them immediatly because they are mostly the only one who speak to me in English starting with the line: 'Hi honey, are you single?' The next thing I only have to do is asking them a phylosophic question that can't be answered by only 'yes' or 'no' and than I'm on my way straight away to the magnificant block button.

So people, how do we recognize the bots around here? What do they say usually? If I will recognize one I will report them, but I need to be sure before I will offend something that is actually alive here.

They do not always say things, Leto. Sometimes they say nonsense like "This message should not be translated" or something insignificant (about dating or clothing, like that). In that case it's all about the signature: there's a text like "Buy ...-shoes with 75 % discount!"

Don't worry, you're not likely to offend anybody alive by reporting his message. And if you do, explain it was a mistake, I'm sure they will understand.
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2010, 10:22:43 AM »
Simstar,

That's really not enough to justify a post.  Sorry, but we can't necessarily interpret what you're trying to say with just some periods and a question mark.  And again, if there's something referenced that you don't understand, Google or Wikipedia are an excellent way to learn about it, if you're interested.  Discussing those sorts of things just pulls the thread too far off topic.  :)
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2010, 08:15:32 PM »
Sorry about that.  :(

No harm done.  I'm just trying to keep the forum on target and suggest ways you can find out about things.  :)
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Re: Help Us Fight Spam
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2010, 09:44:40 PM »
Thank you, malteser60!  I appreciate your kind words and I'm happy you enjoy our forum.

Leto - If it's a bot, it will be pretty obvious.  The most recent one was a post in the money tree thread that said something like, "Do you want to make more money?  I tried this method and it really works!" and then a link to something.  If it looks like any kind of advertisement, that's a spam bot.  Don't worry too much about it.  We haven't had a real problem with this yet and I was just letting everyone know the changes that have been made and how to use the "report" function.
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2010, 11:44:19 AM »
Hahaha, that is so standard! 'I tried this method and it really works!'
If that's all, than there is no real harm. Even though when you accidentially will click on the link. 1 click, 2 oops, 3 click the red X. And your done.

I thought you where talking about bots that do even more harm than that.

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« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2010, 01:00:28 PM »
I have only seen one spam, which was some new person who had their first post saying something like:

'Warning - Major Trojan Virus all over the Internet! Downlaod your protection here!'

Then went on basically describing what it does and how serious, so I thought, probably what the link gives you...
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2010, 01:08:01 PM »
I have only seen one spam, which was some new person who had their first post saying something like:

'Warning - Major Trojan Virus all over the Internet! Downlaod your protection here!'

Then went on basically describing what it does and how serious, so I thought, probably what the link gives you...
Yea, the link probably gives you the Trojan! That's sad that you can't trust people. One of my rules on my computer is NEVER click on links from someone I don't know or trust. If the moderators post links, I feel safe clicking it. I was raised to trust people, but in this day and age I can't! So sad. :(

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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2010, 01:27:22 PM »
Yea, the link probably gives you the Trojan! That's sad that you can't trust people. One of my rules on my computer is NEVER click on links from someone I don't know or trust. If the moderators post links, I feel safe clicking it. I was raised to trust people, but in this day and age I can't! So sad. :(

I feel the same way. If you don't know the person, just don't click on anything they say you should.

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« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2010, 03:08:54 PM »
I feel the same way. If you don't know the person, just don't click on anything they say you should.
Click this!! Why? You want my computer to blow up don't you?! I agree one million percent Leto!

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« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2010, 04:29:13 PM »
Click this!! Why? You want my computer to blow up don't you?! I agree one million percent Leto!

I hope this will not be to much off topic but I'll feel bad about myself if I don't warn you people here. Because you have to know that people can also fool you when they are less stupid than the 'click-on-this-and-get-screwed' hackers mentioned above.

When someone is able to hack around and is a bit creative with photoshop, he can also create a link to make it look like it will be safe, by copying parts of this site for example. Or faking a login hotmail screen where your e-mail address and password will directly been sent to the haker, and you will never find out.

Another cheap way is answering the following questions: 'Hey Esther, I know you have a very nice pet. What was his name again?'
'We joined the same class. What was the name of our teacher?'
Hotmail uses these questions as a backup plan for people who want to login to Hotmail, but forgot their passwords. For most people the answers of these questions are completely or partly the passwords they use for their Hotmail accounts. And if they are not, then the answers can still be used to send a new password to an alternate e-mail address, which will be one the hacker makes himself.

So be careful people.

And don't be scared that I know this way, fellow members. I am not a hacker, because if I was, I would never post this. Simply understanding the way they work can be very handy in some situations.

Know your enemies.