We're aware of it and have been stopping them as they are found. Not sure how they are getting past the sign-up security measures though (like the Captcha). Also known that we're not the only forums on proboards that are being hit by them as well.
Thankfully though, as far as I've seen, they only like to post in the Demo Reels section, so they aren't flooding every part of the board for now at least.
Yeah, it's a minor annoyance for right now that we've been handling decently.
I'd say if it was spreading wider than it'd be something that'd need a much stronger fix, which are is one but no one really wants to go that far right now. As in, enabling restricted sign-ups, which then an Admin would have to approve all registrations before they could post which for one most people aren't able to be here 24/7 to do something like that and another would possibly drive community interaction down.
So hopefully for now it just stays as the minor annoyance and doesn't spread.
Post by LadyStardust on Feb 1, 2018 14:14:06 GMT -8
Yes, I've been looking into this and so has the Proboards team as many people who own forums have been having issues with spam coming from bots with the same email domains (a particular Russian domain especially, which people have inquired to the Proboards team about banning at least temporarily---they said they're working on a fix.)
CAPTCHA and email verification are already required on any Proboards forum, but this does not seem to deter them. If it gets too bad, we may have to temporarily restrict signups, meaning all new users would have to go through approval before they are able to post. (The users wouldn't have to 'apply' or anything like that as it's quite obvious from a profile whether or not it's a bot, but it would be a hindrance to the forum and, as James said, drive down engagement.)
Hiya, not sure if it exists with ProBoards but it certainly did with other forum software (yabbse I think) but from experience of our own spam infested forum, you could create a secondary verification step that asks the sign-up to write an answer to a question of your choice. For example, "What year was Jurassic Park released?" or "What is the fifth planet from our sun?". We found adding one of these questions, that required a short written answer from an intelligent being (the forum signup was able to pull one question from a list of 5 or 6) that spam-bots couldn't figure it out, and spam sign-ups dropped off completely. If you have that feature, it is very effective at stopping spam sign-ups. Most people will know how to find the answer and write it, and those that don't - well, they're probably not the kind of people you want around here anyway...
Unfortunately, ProBoards doesn't have that kind of stuff in their software. However, the bot spam has seemed to subside for the time being since that was back in February. We think ProBoards may have done something on their end to solve the issue, but either way, everything is alright for right now
C_Squint: Hi Y'all, thanks again for answering my question from before. Again with resumes, like the thread example, if the Company's/Developer's name is too long and goes into the second line, how should we format it?
Jan 11, 2020 20:36:28 GMT -8