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Dealing with spam... 
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Post Dealing with spam...
This has been suggested before, but shouldn't we get a temporary ban on the keyword "[insert name of room in which most people cook food]"? So far all the spam messages have that keyword in it, and we might as well try, right? :D

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Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:30 am
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
I've asked Vu about this but he's been slacking a little too much and hasn't configured it yet. I am sure he'll get to it eventually, hopefully.

I'll harass him some more tomorrow when he's back in the office.

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Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:13 am
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
That option actually isn't available out of box with phpBB. I just added it, but I would rather find the source rather than not letting people use the word-which-we-shall-not-name.

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:03 pm
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
How about only limiting new users from using the "K" word?

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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
rempelo wrote:
K*i*t*c*h*e*n Planning Derby. [Redacted] . Full k*i*t*c*h*e*n with appliances and free planning in Derby . Only £595. Tel [Redacted]. K*i*t*c*h*e*n Planning Derby



K*i*t*c*h*e*n Planning Derby


Well... that was fast.

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:24 pm
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
How about requiring that the first 5 or 10 posts by a user need to be approved by an admin before actually getting posted? If someone tries to post junk, the admin can just ban the account right from the beginning, and nobody else needs to see the spam.

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:54 am
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
That is a LOT more work than deleting a couple of spammy k* posts :)

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:02 am
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely remove spam. I wish there was... We add more ways to make it harder as time goes on, but over time our forums get more popular which = more spambots. Luckily, we have awesome mods like Xander to help clean up the forums when one of our guys don't catch it. Anyway, we will keep trying to find solutions to reduce the spam.

As always, just hit "Report" if you ever find one and we'll take care of it asap.

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:52 am
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Post Re: Dealing with spam...
If you attempt to use the word "k i t c h e n", there is a message that reads:
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Sorry but you cannot post messages mentioning kit[]chen.


I suggest changing the error message so that it doesn't tell the spammer how to get around the block.

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