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    fyi- New Spam Tools Installed...

    Hi All,

    We got hit with some child porn spam today. What more can be said than this sort of thing is violently disturbing. I have now added two more spam fighting tools in hopes this never happens again.

    1. Akismet service. This is a subscription service that scans the posts of new members for a variety of spam/porn keywords and locks the accounts down. It also scans new material against some known spam that already exists.

    2. No links in posts allowed until a user makes 5 posts. Often spammers or bots signup and immediately post spam or porn links.

    With these new tools combined with our other tools we should be able to reduce most spam.

    Thanks,
    Sean

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    God Bless you, Sean.
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    Thank you ever so much.

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    Good luck with it, Sean.
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    Looks good, Sean. I noticed that when we delete spam now, we also report it to our anti-spam service, so let's hope this makes a dent and catches more of it before the moderators have to deal with it.
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    Thanks, Sean.

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    Thanks Sean, but for the sake of information security, in the future consider stating that you had added a new capability but do not disclose the product or method of blocking spam.

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    Just confirming that the new measures are working. Spam is coming in and is flagged before becoming visible on the site, so that the moderators can either approve the post, if it's a false positive, or delete it along with any other posts by the same user and ban the spammer before their posts are even seen by APUG users.
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    Great job!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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