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Old 09-17-2017, 8:41 AM
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It seems like the spamming on this board has gotten to epic proportions. Maybe the solution would be to let new members not start any threads until they have at least 50 posts. I think that would greatly reduce the amount of spam threads that are created in the boards that clog up everything. Just an idea.
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Old 09-17-2017, 9:45 AM
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It's time to give the spammers their own thread.
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Old 09-17-2017, 5:09 PM
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agreed I joined the fourms to talk about guns and entered the collectors market but everyday at least 3-5 spam on long guns. 50 days will deter spammers creating new accounts.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:41 PM
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What about the new member that just joined with the intent to ask questions and learn something?
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Old 09-22-2017, 8:28 AM
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Maybe the admins need to implement an approval procedure for new accounts, similar to other forums.
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Old 09-22-2017, 8:33 AM
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Both those suggestions are problematic and may not be feasible given the coding of the site or would be labor intensive.

A better solution IMHO would be to auto delete any thread that has "VS" in the first post.

Would get 99% of them.
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Old 09-22-2017, 8:35 AM
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On the other hand, if a spammer donates $5 to Calguns for each thread, why stop it? generates money. Might be happening already.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:12 PM
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A friend got tired of spammers and started to get even.

Now any spammers get 100,000 spam emails sent to there email address using SpamItBack
http://www.spamitback.com/

since he uses a vpn they have no idea who its coming from but its very hard to make money if they have to sort through 100,000 emails to find a order to there spam site.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:20 AM
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Amazing. At this time, more than half of the threads on the 1st page of CA Handguns are spam threads. More than half.

This is ridiculous. Not worth it.
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What about the new member that just joined with the intent to ask questions and learn something?
They can wait 50 days. Whats the problem?

Also, they can use the search function. Chances are, the question had been asked before.
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Amazing. At this time, more than half of the threads on the 1st page of CA Handguns are spam threads. More than half.

This is ridiculous. Not worth it.
This. It's making certain sub forums unreadable
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The spam is all automated, done by a piece of software called XRumer that spams thousands of boards at once.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XRumer

@Kestryll, if you want some help, I can probably come up with some things that would slow them down. Keeping VBulletin in a default configuration makes it too easy for the software to register accounts and post.
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Perhaps a one day cooldown time before allowing posting for new members?
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What about the new member that just joined with the intent to ask questions and learn something?
exactly....some people forget what its like to be new, and all it will do is lead to thread hi-jacking

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First post only allowed in the "Welcome in" section. a few mods to simply monitor that one thread. Once a successful post you can then be released to post anywhere. That would throw off spammers.
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As a relatively new member myself to a few shooting forums, I like the way Rimfire Central does it. When you make a new thread as a new member, someone has to authorize it. I think things like posts without links get automatically authorized. Once you've made two or three and they're not spam, it seems like you're released from the process.

I also like Calico's welcome section idea.
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Calguns.Net is running on a rather old version of vBulletin so I don't know if there are better Spam controls built into a newer version, but adding one or more of these controls may help.

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