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I'm sure by now everyone's well aware of the spam/adbot problem we've been having lately in the forums. Rest assured the mods are doing their best to keep everything cleaned up. Today alone I've personally spent the better part of an hour banning these accounts, hiding their posts, and then individually deleting each of these posts (I've probably deleted over 150 threads so far today) to make sure the forums aren't left a broken mess.
Unfortunately just hiding these user's posts isn't enough, because evidently somewhere in the forum's programming it's set up in such a way that hidden posts still have placeholders in the forum's pages for some reason, so just hiding the posts would result in what would appear to be multiple empty or drastically short pages of threads.
That said, some of these threads these spam bots made only had a title and no body, and as such for some reason I apparently have no ability to delete, modify, or even reply to these threads, so as a result there are still unfortunately going to be a few pages in the forums that either appear shortened or completely blank due to the aforementioned issue with hidden threads still having placeholders. Eventually these gaps in the forums will fall into obscurity though as more valid threads take over the first several pages of the forums.
I don't know what's being done behind the scenes to stop this annoying problem from happening, but on behalf of the staff and the other mods on GIO, I ask that you try to be patient. I know it's tempting to trash talk these spam bots or reply to the myriad threads they create and tell them to go away, but because they are bots they don't care what you have to say or what you think, so any such effort is a waste of time. Feel free however to send conversation messages with links to these spammer's profiles to either myself or one of the other mods, and we'll try to deal with them as quickly as we can.
Glad to see the problem's at least being tackled head on. It seems like a lot of websites have had this problem lately.
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People aren't volunteering..we're just sick of the spam and want something done. And obviously neither the mods or admins can just snap their fingers and make everything go back to normal.
Welcome to my world. Note: might be easier to see the video on the youtube page in whatever the highest resolution the video allows for and full screen it otherwise it might seem a bit blurry.
Edit: Alright, I've gone back and removed a lot of the spam that came up on the 22nd and some things on the 23rd, so real threads from those days will be easier to access. If I knew the names of the users that had their posts blocked from yesterday and today I'd take care of those so we wouldn't have these big gaps, but I sadly don't know.
I like to be comfortable while deleting spam. So I'll wear my limited edition MGS robe and slippers, have a glass of my finest wine (dr. pepper), and then maybe whip out a cigar to smoke.
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That sounds really comfortable...and kinda cool.
Kill'em with kindness, it's a slow painful death.
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Found our solution. Here is the article to read.
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Oh great. Now they're attacking guides! I got an e-mail alerting me about my inFAMOUS 2 Trophy Guide, only to find at least 25 links to spam scattered throughout the page!
In my opinion, we need a captcha system in place for guides. It's not going to be that much of an issue and at least there's less of a chance for this happening.
Now I'm going to have to go through a ton of guides and delete the spam. :T
Saw that too. The write a post page linked from the profile page is the biggest target right now. So I added recaptcha to that page and it's in QA right now (getting tested).
Awesome. I'm glad things are getting taken care of.
I do wish to know why we're being attacked though. =/
ive heard that there are things called bot viruses, but i think these only apply to mmorpg games -.-
More than three years later and this is still a problem.
Probably the most ironic thing is the fact that it was an adbot that resurrected this thread last night.
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