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    Exclamation Latest anti-spam measures - PM enabled again

    Added by Skymouse 30 Mar—I have re-enabled the Private Message system, so you can send and receive PMs again now. More details ...

    Hi all, I'd like to make the following remarks.

    0. [rather than re-number the other points!] - First of all, thanks to everyone who has so far reported the spammers!

    1. The new configuration, which I enacted and announced a few days ago, means that NOBODY can send private messages or reply to existing threads (and a few other things) until they become a VERIFIED USER. The ONLY way for a newly registered member to become a verified user is for me to manually go into that user's account and make it a verified user. Then they will be able to add to existing threads, send private messages, etc.

    2. One of the few things a newly registered but as-yet unverified member can do is post a new thread. This is how they get my attention. If they post a message that convinces me they are here for our panty wetting subject and they are not a spammer (or spambot), then I decide to make them a verified member. Otherwise, they cannot spam anybody with private messages, reply to existing threads with spa(which may not be initially noticed or reported), etc.

    3. This policy has so far prevented any new spammers from being able to operate here.

    4. However, some user accounts that were registered in the days, weeks or months before I made this change may be spammers. Obviously if this is the case, they can still send spam. Each time such a case is reported I ban that user permanently, so these cases will dwindle to zero over time.

    5. If you receive a spam in a private message (currently, the most frequently reported spam subjects are phony virus reports and drugs, but no doubt there are porn ones as well), please report it by clicking on the report button. That will cause me to get a notification, and it is then easy for me to ban the spammer forever. (If you see that the user is already banned, or you already reported that user, there's no need to report the user again. Once I have an opportunity to sit in front of my computer to check these things, all users who need to be banned will be so, and if they are already banned (or I get several reports from you about the same spammer) it won't change anything, because I will ban the user when I see the first notification, and after that moment that spam account is banned forever.

    6. If a spammer has already sent spams to a bunch of people (maybe multiple times), even when I ban the spammer, those messages that were previously sent will still exist unless you delete them. I do not delete "already sent" messages. Banning the spammer stop that account sending any more. So don't get angry with me because a spam account says "banned" but you've got private messages in your inbox from there. Just delete them and move on.

    7. I'm sorry if I can't respond to notices instantly: my work schedule does not permit this, so at best it is a task I do once or twice a day. Just please be aware that it does get done, so when you report a spammer, the sands of time for that spammer are inevitably going to run out within the next 24 hours usually.
    Last edited by skymouse; Tue, 30 Mar 10 at 3:55 AM.
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    Default Re: Not working - Latest anti-spam measures

    Sky,

    The changes a week or two ago seesed to fix the issue for a while, but something has changed again and spammers who are only potential mice are again able to send spam. This is now even more serious as members are being threatened with being reported to their ISP unless they click the link, which will get them infected. These posts were not already made and waiting to be picked up - they were sent since the changes and I have received several more on returning home after a few days away.

    Please don't blame the recipients for getting angry - they have every right to do so and to be protected from this abuse.

    Unless you can reverse whatever went wrong in the last few days and stop the spam private messages again, you now need to stop private messages entirely. If the spam accounts were registered already and are now being picked up to send the spam, you need to delete all accounts with zero posts to solve this.

    I am now changing my profile again to stop private messages again except from registered posters on my contact list, and recommend this to other Board users until the problem is fixed again.

    Sorry, Sky.
    Regards, Wet Trousers (WT)
    (I was over 18 in the pics used to make my avatar - in fact, the trousers were nearer 18 than I was!)

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    Default Re: Not working - Latest anti-spam measures

    Hi WT,

    I have disabled private messaging while I research this.

    It seems that the setting I made for new accounts (which I thought prevented the sending of private messages) only limited the INBOX size to zero.

    I am looking into how to achieve the desired behaviour and will not re-enable the private messaging system until the issue is fixed.
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    Default Re: Latest anti-spam measures - PM temporarily disabled

    Thanks, Sky.
    Regards, Wet Trousers (WT)
    (I was over 18 in the pics used to make my avatar - in fact, the trousers were nearer 18 than I was!)

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    Default Re: Latest anti-spam measures - PM enabled again

    Added by Skymouse 30 Mar—I have re-enabled the Private Message system, so you can send and receive PMs again now. More details ...
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    Default Re: Latest anti-spam measures - PM enabled again

    Sky,

    I opened my profile to private messages again to test, like last time. The difference is, so fr this time, I haven't been hit by any spam. So, tentatively, it looks like the upgrade and the current settings are OK. I'll obviously let you kno if the abuse does start again. Thanks for all yuor work so far.
    Regards, Wet Trousers (WT)
    (I was over 18 in the pics used to make my avatar - in fact, the trousers were nearer 18 than I was!)

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