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ReaperX7 01-21-2016 07:16 AM

Removal of Spam threads.
 
Slackware's forum, and possibly others got hit tonight fairly hard by spammers in possibly Japanese, Korean, or Chinese language (?) and it's made a mess burying topics way down the list.

I know LQ has a policy about deleting topics, but shouldn't this be an exemption to the rule?

TobiSGD 01-21-2016 07:20 AM

We are working on that, please be patient.

schneidz 01-21-2016 07:22 AM

in lqspy i notice most of the spammer user names contain the string
Code:

*[0-9][0-9]shig*

Z038 01-21-2016 08:13 AM

There's more variation in the user names now. Blocking by name probably won't be effective.

This doesn't seem like normal spamming. Seems more like an attack. And it's still going on.

TobiSGD 01-21-2016 08:17 AM

I know, I am banning them as they come for now, since I was not able to contact Jeremy for now, which is not surprising, given that timezones still are a thing ;)
As I said please be patient, this issue will be resolved in the not so distant future.

ruario 01-21-2016 08:52 AM

@TobiSGD:Thanks. Your hard work is appreciated. This must be a real pain for you guys.

ReaperX7 01-21-2016 08:55 AM

I sent Jeremy a Tweet earlier. It is rather early in the morning.

What about the IP Tobi? Are all the offending accounts coming from a single source region or is it spread all over the map?

TobiSGD 01-21-2016 08:57 AM

I haven't had the time for now to look into the regions, I am banning people constantly for about 3 hours now, about 1-3 every minute, all I can tell you so far is that they don't use a single IP block.
Haven't seen a spam flood this large since I am a mod here.

rtmistler 01-21-2016 09:00 AM

Thanks for your efforts TobiSGD and anyone else who is at the top level dealing with this.

Clearly appears to be certain forums, but I'm sure they also would proliferate as much as possible unless stopped.

This is a good thread to monitor for reports on things, I've been subscribed since post #1 or 2.

ReaperX7 01-21-2016 09:02 AM

Not sure if it's in your abilities, but what about locking down registrations temporarily until a damage assessment can be made and the mess cleaned up?

To be honest it looks like bots.

TobiSGD 01-21-2016 09:03 AM

Only root can do that, so until Jeremy is aware of the situation all I can do is to slow them down, swinging the banhammer wildly.

rtmistler 01-21-2016 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 5484001)
Only root can do that, so until Jeremy is aware of the situation all I can do is to slow them down, swinging the banhammer wildly.

Joking, but ... poor guy takes ONE DAY OFF! And then ... :)

MensaWater 01-21-2016 09:09 AM

I wonder if maybe you could make this thread a sticky that shows at the top of zero replies view? That should at least help you keep from having everyone send in a report when they first see the issue as I did because I didn't know this thread existed.

TobiSGD 01-21-2016 09:12 AM

I am not sure if that is even possible, since the Zero Reply List is actually a search result, not a forum. In any way, that is far beyond my knowledge and like permissions. Regarding reporting posts, I don't really care, for now I am just ignoring reports and just look at new threads. We can clean that up later.

dugan 01-21-2016 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Z038 (Post 5483853)
This doesn't seem like normal spamming. Seems more like an attack.

That's what it's looking like to me too.

And I'm aware that since I can't see the posts that were removed or moderated out, the problem is clearly much worse than it looks.


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