Update on Spam problems

23 Dec 2010 - 8:06am
3 years ago
8 replies
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Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

Hi Everybody,

While we're working on a moderation solution for the spam on the list, the problem seems to be getting worse.

As a temporary solution we have disabled discussion thread creation for new users.

As of now all new users who have not been approved by a moderator cannot start new discussion threads. New users can still comment/respond to existing threads, and those comments will go into the moderation queue until that user has been approved.

This should stop the spam for now. The new solution we're working on will create a moderation queue for all new threads, but for now creating a new thread has been disabled for newly registered users.

If you are a newly registered user and are not being approved fast enough please use the contact form to let us know.

Sorry for the inconvenience, we hope to have this resolved soon.

Matt Nish-Lapidus (& the IxDA Board)

Comments

23 Dec 2010 - 9:24am
jkolko
2010

I'll also offer that one of the reasons things like this happen, keep happening, and are taking more time than desired to fix is that we simply have a lack of volunteers who are able to fix it. While lots (ok, a few) people have offered to actually help IxDA, very few (any?) of those volunteers have drupal skills to fix some of the registration and security issues in and about the site, and are willing to invest time to learn the codebase and go to town.

This apathy of volunteering is manifest in nearly every aspect of the org, which is frustrating for board members who are trying to help steer the ship in the right direction. This is the reason I'm stepping down from the board at the end of this year - I don't feel like IxDA can be effective until we realize how to "crack the nut" of a community-driven org.

So, to summarize, if you know drupal and don't like the spam, come help! And if you don't know drupal and don't like the spam, learn drupal :) [Just kidding - volunteer to do something else. There's tons to do.]

Have a lovely holiday.
Jon

24 Dec 2010 - 4:06pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 23 Dec 2010, at 14:51, jkolko wrote: [snip] > So, to summarize, if you know drupal and don't like the spam, come help! And if you don't know drupal and don't like the spam, learn drupal :) [Just kidding - volunteer to do something else. There's tons to do.] [snip]

Love to - how?

(i.e. pointing us towards how to get involved would be good - and I'm serious about the "love to" :-)

Adrian

26 Dec 2010 - 5:03pm
blissfulguru
2010

I am not a drupal expert, but I do quite a bit of work in Joomla, which is similar. Let me know how I can help.

Debbie Johnson

26 Dec 2010 - 8:05pm
Rhonda Ranney
2010

I'd love to help as well :)

27 Dec 2010 - 12:08pm
Frank Ralf
2010
Try http://drupal.org/project/spamicide for an unintrusive anti-spam solution. See also the links to "Related projects" on the same page, Spam control modules and Spam Be Gone! 10 Spam Blocking Drupal Modules hth Frank
28 Dec 2010 - 8:47pm
Joe Sokohl
2004

These are some great idea, and many thanks to the folks who've responded. Matt will be contacting you directly, after the first of the year.

9 Jan 2011 - 1:14pm
MJ Broadbent
2010

For Adrian -- and anyone else wondering how to get involved with IxDA (apart from helping with Drupal) -- have a look at what suits your talents and interests here: http://www.ixda.org/about/participate

Thanks!

8 Jan 2011 - 10:38am
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

One more quick update on this issue:

We have a solution that we're currently testing on our staging server, it should be ready for deployment soon. The solution adds in full moderation for any new user. Once a moderator decides that the user is not a spammer and is posting along our community guidelines they will be approved and can post freely, without pre-post moderation.

I'll update this thread again when the fix goes live.

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