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We got another spammer tonight. Last time I checked, my admin privileges were insufficient to execute the approved procedure for fully expunging their traces. If that's changed, please advise the proper steps to follow.


Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:30 pm
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I put on my dusty admin hat and fixed it. Note to fellow admins etc.: be sure to note the IP address of the spammer and add it to the ban list before you delete the posting. It may not help much, since the pros have an endless number of addresses from which to post, but it will stop the klever amateurs - which I think this one was.

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Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:28 am
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JamesGifford wrote:
I put on my dusty admin hat and fixed it. Note to fellow admins etc.: be sure to note the IP address of the spammer and add it to the ban list before you delete the posting. It may not help much, since the pros have an endless number of addresses from which to post, but it will stop the klever amateurs - which I think this one was.

Up to now, I have just been deleting the offending posts. It took me a while, but I have now been able to find the IP address for a Guest posting. So, instead of just deleting the spam post, I will attempt to ban them by IP address as well.

Thanks to everyone for their patience and to Jim for his advice.

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Post Re: Spammers
I've done this several times recently, so to document the process:

  • Visit the offending post (doesn't matter if it's a new topic)
  • Click "Moderator Control Panel"
  • Click on the ? icon to the right of the post near the bottom of the form
  • Copy the IP address shown for the posting
  • Click on "Banning" in the left nav bar
  • Click on "Ban IP addresses" in the left nav bar
  • Paste the IP address in the top box (it may already be there)
  • Click "Ban"
  • Click "Yes"
  • Go back in the browser to the moderation control panel
  • Check the box next to the post near the bottom of the form
  • Select "Delete post" from the pulldown menu at the very bottom of the form
  • Click "submit"
  • Click "Yes"
  • At this point you may want to see if the user actually exists so you can delete them, but all my checks so far have shown they don't exist and are considered anonymous


Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:44 am
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I appreciate your help. I had a few days of senior moments when I forgot how to click on the 'post details' to carry the ip address forward for banning and so didn't ban the ips as I should have.

Again, thanks for all of your help and advice.

David W.


Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:21 pm
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We are getting Russian posts. I suspect they are spam.


Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:57 am
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In which topic, Robert? I speak/read Russian, could tell quickly.

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Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:59 am
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sakeneko wrote:
In which topic, Robert? I speak/read Russian, could tell quickly.

Don't bother. They are indeed all spam. я тоже говорю по-русский.

They all occur in the Biography topic as that is the only one open for guests to post.

David


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Oops. Я забыла. ;)

(For those who didn't follow the Russian in the last two posts, David posted "I also speak Russian". He and I are both Eastern Orthodox Christians, and he goes to a Russian church, so it stands to reason that he'd speak Russian. Hence my rather sheepish "Oops", followed by "I forgot" in Russian.)

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Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:18 am
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Actually, I learned Russian long before I became Orthodox. I studied it at the Defense Language Institute, (The Army Language School when I started), in Monterey, California during 1962-1963.

I keep hoping to find the time to get up to speed by translating a series of lectures by Professor Osipov on Orthodoxy. He speaks a very clear Russian, but I keep procrastinating and every time I do, I forget how to type the Russian characters. It was painful typing out that short phrase. :oops:


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