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Offline yusuf

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Spammers Galore
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:34:43 pm »
Hi everyone

It seems that this forum has become a regular platform for spammers, and there appears to be no admin on here to attend to it.
I did message Nolan, but didn't hear back from him. I am fairly certain he isn't involved much with the forum anymore.

Does this sort of spam raise security concerns, if we don't click on the links? Will new users to this forum become victims of scammers?
I wonder what the way forward will be. Do we just ignore the spam and continue using the forum as is, or do we ignore the forum and take the conversations to a more controlled/secure platform (either one that exists or one that needs to be established)?

I am interested to hear some of your thoughts. In the meantime, I would suggest that everyone take a look at their profiles to ensure that they have not shared personal contact details. Furthermore, try not to put any pictures showing you or your family/friends, or email addresses/phone numbers on here, even in private messages.

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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 10:23:04 pm »
I had a similar problem with a site that I had built for a Nigerian client. We were able to do some back-end work that stopped the spam signups. I am happy to lend my skills to do the same here.
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 10:23:04 pm »

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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 02:36:45 am »
I would be happy to host and maintain this forum if nobody is doing it anymore. I have my own servers/infrastructure to do it and could probably do a good new forum with a fresh look and new functionality and all the current content?

Just putting it out there, I would be happy to take it over.
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 06:11:06 am »
Great idea Shaun!!

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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2016, 08:32:30 am »
I would be happy to host and maintain this forum if nobody is doing it anymore. I have my own servers/infrastructure to do it and could probably do a good new forum with a fresh look and new functionality and all the current content?

Just putting it out there, I would be happy to take it over.
That would be just awesome, Shaun!   :clap:
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2016, 09:43:13 am »
Good idea Shaun.
Neither Nolan nor Sherelee have responded to my PM, so I doubt we could progress that...
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 02:20:28 pm »
The number of spam posts is making the "Show unread posts" feature almost useless now!  Awful.   :thumbdown:
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 02:20:28 pm »

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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2016, 09:30:23 pm »
Hi Guys, I am in contact with the owners of the site (the site ownership has changed, it is not Nolan anymore) to try and sort something out.

Hopefully we can get things moving and working better soon.
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2016, 10:39:14 pm »
Thanks Shaun!
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2016, 04:55:23 am »
So I am trying to setup a meeting with the forum owners. Hopefully we can come to an agreement and I can import the content of this forum and it can live in a nice new shiny forum.

This site has now become almost impossible to use by checking the latest posts etc.

I have a new forum setup and anyone is more than welcome to register a user account if they like and provide some feedback.
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2016, 08:45:53 pm »
Any progress there Shaun?
It is starting to get lonely around this forum!
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2016, 10:14:19 pm »
I couldnt meet with the owners this weekend because we were moving house. I will try setup something for another time soon. Either way, I still feel its a good idea to use a new one which is up and running.
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2016, 10:14:19 pm »

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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2016, 02:23:04 am »
I've been logging into that one too, but nobody else seems to be, besides you and thombatt...
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Re: Spammers Galore
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2016, 10:44:25 pm »
Google analytics tells me that the sites visitors are increasing. It just takes time. I will try and get the old content over, but I dont know how it will work out. Either way, having a good forum for people to ask questions and collaborate is realliy good to have. Also, alot of the old content is becoming outdated anyway.
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