# Revision history [back]

I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

Later Update:

I got a mail back saying that "no, not yet", then another 5 hours after that, saying:

SFS is installed.

To make use of it, flag the offending posts, then in the
user can be blocked by IP.

Unfortunately it's impossible to yet to directly ban this user
from the content page, something to implement later.


I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

Later Update:

I got a mail back saying that "no, not yet", then another mail 5 hours after that, saying:

SFS is installed.

To make use of it, flag the offending posts, then in the
user can be blocked by IP.

Unfortunately it's impossible to yet to directly ban this user
from the content page, something to implement later.


I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

Later Update:

I got a mail back saying that "no, not yet", then another mail 5 hours after that, saying:

SFS is installed.

To make use of it, flag the offending posts, then in the
user can be blocked by IP.

Unfortunately it's impossible to yet to directly ban this user
from the content page, something to implement later.


5 Aug update:

24 hours ago this site was subjected to a continuous spam attack from Korean users promoting gaming sites (they also seemed strong on parlours offering sexual favours, although all that was in Korean). I spent several hours removing spam links assisted by others closing Posts (I cannot do that - not enough Karma).

I sent a mail with links to the spammer Profile pages & eventually a Mod woke up, stepped in & in short order removed all the spammers + posts.

If folks like Lupp, or even Doug & myself, had had the ability to "Report a User" + that user being auto-moved into moderation after a certain number of posts, then we could have strangled those spammers at birth. Ah well.

The spammers + posts were all removed remarkably quickly. This is what the AskBot maintainer said:-

Alex, there is moderation queue, which is accessible to site moderators.

This queue allows to block by IP. Actually block by IP works in "extended" way:

we identify IP address of the user that made offending revision. finding all revisions made from the same IP address, identify users making those revisions. then find all revisions made by those users, find from which IP's those revisions were made. repeat the loop until list of IP addresses stops growing.

then we block those addresses, block all user accounts that we found and delete all posts made by those users.

This helps to stop some spam attacks.

I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

Later Update:

I got a mail back saying that "no, not yet", then another mail 5 hours after that, saying:

SFS is installed.

To make use of it, flag the offending posts, then in the
user can be blocked by IP.

Unfortunately it's impossible to yet to directly ban this user
from the content page, something to implement later.


5 Aug update:

24 hours ago this site was subjected to a continuous spam attack from Korean users promoting gaming sites (they also seemed strong on parlours offering sexual favours, although all that was in Korean). I spent several hours removing spam links assisted by others closing Posts (I cannot do that - not enough Karma).

I sent a mail with links to the spammer Profile pages & eventually a Mod woke up, stepped in & in short order removed all the spammers + posts.

If folks like Lupp, or even Doug & myself, had had the ability to "Report a User" + that user being auto-moved into moderation after a certain number of posts, reports, then we could have strangled those spammers at birth. Ah well.

The spammers + posts were all removed remarkably quickly. This is what the AskBot maintainer said:-

Alex, there is moderation queue, which is accessible to site moderators.

This queue allows to block by IP. Actually block by IP works in "extended" way:

we identify IP address of the user that made offending revision. finding all revisions made from the same IP address, identify users making those revisions. then find all revisions made by those users, find from which IP's those revisions were made. repeat the loop until list of IP addresses stops growing.

then we block those addresses, block all user accounts that we found and delete all posts made by those users.

This helps to stop some spam attacks.

I've put to the developers & maintainers a suggestion to use SFS on this site & was told on 28 July by the Askbot chap that he would do so. I've not received any follow-up since then. I'll use this Q as a prompt & perhaps a suggestion that he add a "Report this Profile" button, or some such (mail now sent).

Later Update:

I got a mail back saying that "no, not yet", then another mail 5 hours after that, saying:

SFS is installed.

To make use of it, flag the offending posts, then in the
user can be blocked by IP.

Unfortunately it's impossible to yet to directly ban this user
from the content page, something to implement later.


5 Aug update:

24 hours ago this site was subjected to a continuous spam attack from Korean users promoting gaming sites (they also seemed strong on parlours offering sexual favours, although all that was in Korean). I spent several hours removing spam links assisted by others closing Posts (I cannot do that - not enough Karma).

I sent a mail with links to the spammer Profile pages & eventually a Mod woke up, stepped in & in short order removed all the spammers + posts.

If folks like Lupp, or even Doug & myself, had had the ability to "Report a User" + that user being auto-moved into moderation after a certain number of reports, then we could have strangled those spammers at birth. Ah well.

The spammers + posts were all removed remarkably quickly. This is what the AskBot maintainer said:-

Alex, there is moderation queue, which is accessible to site moderators.

This queue allows to block by IP. Actually block by IP works in "extended" way:

we identify IP address of the user that made offending revision. finding all revisions made from the same IP address, identify users making those revisions. then find all revisions made by those users, find from which IP's those revisions were made. repeat the loop until list of IP addresses stops growing.

then we block those addresses, block all user accounts that we found and delete all posts made by those users.

This helps to stop some spam attacks.

One final thing:

Before the spam attack the home-page showed > 12,000 posts. Now, 24 hours later, it shows 9,800 posts. It seems that the spam purge has also removed 2 or 3,000 other posts. Extraordinary.