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About first posts not showing up...

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:56 pm
by Exophase
For a long time there's a modqueue in place where a moderator has to approve the first post from a new account, in order to curb spam which was a big problem on the forum at one point.

Unfortunately the forum software has made it really unobvious when there were new posts that weren't in new threads, so we've been missing a ton of these for a long time. I'm just now going through a pretty extensive backlog.

I'm really sorry that I let this happen. We'll be sure to deal better with the forum in the future. If you ever have any problems with posts not showing up please e-mail us, or try making a new thread (we almost always catch these)

Re: About first posts not showing up...

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:45 am
by huckleberrypie
Exophase wrote:For a long time there's a modqueue in place where a moderator has to approve the first post from a new account, in order to curb spam which was a big problem on the forum at one point.

Unfortunately the forum software has made it really unobvious when there were new posts that weren't in new threads, so we've been missing a ton of these for a long time. I'm just now going through a pretty extensive backlog.

I'm really sorry that I let this happen. We'll be sure to deal better with the forum in the future. If you ever have any problems with posts not showing up please e-mail us, or try making a new thread (we almost always catch these)
Yeah I recall that big spambot issue more than a year ago, when I suggested putting a Q&A CAPTCHA in hopes of putting a stop to them bots, not unless if there is some (paid) human intervention involved.

Re: About first posts not showing up...

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:08 pm
by Exophase
huckleberrypie wrote:Yeah I recall that big spambot issue more than a year ago, when I suggested putting a Q&A CAPTCHA in hopes of putting a stop to them bots, not unless if there is some (paid) human intervention involved.
There is a Q&A captcha, but it's hard to keep coming up with good questions that I'm confident everyone who wants to post here will be able to answer.

Re: About first posts not showing up...

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:03 am
by Jay Haru
Exophase wrote:
huckleberrypie wrote:Yeah I recall that big spambot issue more than a year ago, when I suggested putting a Q&A CAPTCHA in hopes of putting a stop to them bots, not unless if there is some (paid) human intervention involved.
There is a Q&A captcha, but it's hard to keep coming up with good questions that I'm confident everyone who wants to post here will be able to answer.
try asking them whether they like to use cheat and complain like ***** if games/saves gets broken, or if they solely use states. a yes would get a pink slip of rejection ;)

Re: About first posts not showing up...

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:06 am
by huckleberrypie
Exophase wrote:
huckleberrypie wrote:Yeah I recall that big spambot issue more than a year ago, when I suggested putting a Q&A CAPTCHA in hopes of putting a stop to them bots, not unless if there is some (paid) human intervention involved.
There is a Q&A captcha, but it's hard to keep coming up with good questions that I'm confident everyone who wants to post here will be able to answer.
That's the drawback with Q&A-based CAPTCHAs, especially on a fan forum where you'll expect members who are just starting to get into a particular fandom or subculture. Sure, it's a Google search away (and that gives human spammers an edge over bots), but still it is a slight deterrent to those who felt inconvenienced at being asked for the first character to appear in an episode of a particular anime.

Overall it goes to show how unethical it is to spam (despite the potential profit to be made) and how burdensome it is for us site owners to mitigate it.