**BEWARE OF SPAM USERS**

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**BEWARE OF SPAM USERS**

Postby curt » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:32 pm

Every day, we get one or two "spam" registrations. Not local people who want to participate in SoD, but malicious people who want to post links to porn sites or sites that download spyware and viruses.

The way we are set up, anybody in the world can register, but they can't post until we vet them. This includes an email and a phone call.

Unfortunately, as soon as somebody registers, they can put a URL in their personal profile, and it is available to everyone. The most recent registrant is highlighted at the bottom of the page.

We have already had incidents reported where people clicked a link on one of these sites and had major file damage, or where people ran into porn.

As soon as somebody registers, an email is sent to webmaster@speakoutdanville.org. We try to check the profile and delete spam users as soon as we possibly can.

I don't want to say publicly how I discern readily (most of the time) who is a spam user and who is not. I would suggest that you not click on the user profile of anybody who has not actually posted. If somebody has posted, that means they have been vetted and allowed in. That is, except for those who signed up in our earliest days, you know who you are :-) .

If you disregard this advice and if you encounter something particularly vile, please send an email to webmaster@speakoutdanville.org, and we will make an effort to delete the user as soon as time permits.
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Postby shawn_oneil » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:24 pm

Curt speaks the truth on his post about the Spamers. Len, Curt and I see all those registerations and emails to this Website. It is meant to keep the site valid.
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Postby gnussbaum » Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:38 am

Looks like more spamming... :evil:
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Postby curt » Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:08 am

The spam attacks on this site overnight Friday 9/21 - Saturday morning 9/22 were entirely my fault. I just cleaned everything up.

In order to create the new "moderator" users that we had agreed to, I had to open up user registration.

I should not have started this last night when I was really tired. I opened up registration, created one new account (out of the 4 intended), realized I was just too bleary-eyed to follow through on the rest of it without somehow messing up, and went to bed. I forgot to disable user registration, so all these people got in.
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