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    Default The spammers are taking over

    Anyone else notice the increase in spam posts recently? I'm thinking we need a questionnaire that must be answered before someone can join. Something like:

    1. Who was the Wizard of Bristol?

    2. Captains or Epifanes?

    3. Epoxy or 5200? (Trick question. The correct answer is "pine tar and linseed oil")

    Or maybe just a captcha. "Select all the photos containing dry rot".
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    I have noticed these too. They're pretty obvious! My fear is that the proposed wooden boat knowledge test, while entertainingly written, will serve mostly to exclude new members. As someone who doesn't know much about wooden boats but is building one anyway this site has been hugely helpful. I would not want to see anyone who wants to contribute kept out. This is already a somewhat insular community, and from what I gather, we're not all that diverse by any metric except possibly nationality.

    I will observe that there is a "report post" icon in the lower left corner of each message. Last time I did this the spam post was addressed within the day.

    James
    Last edited by pez_leon; 09-30-2022 at 12:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pez_leon View Post
    I have noticed these too. They're pretty obvious! My fear is that the proposed wooden boat knowledge test, while entertainingly written, will serve mostly to exclude new members. As someone who doesn't know much about wooden boats but is building one anyway this site has been hugely helpful. I would not want to see anyone who wants to contribute kept out. This is already a somewhat insular community, and from what I gather, we're not all that diverse by any metric except possibly nationality.

    I will observe that there is a "report post" icon in the lower left corner of each message. Last time I did this the spam post was addressed within the day.

    James
    Oh, I agree. My intro questionnaire was meant entirely tongue-in-cheek. I should have included "what's your favorite color?" in homage to the most famous gatekeeping test. But I will simply use the "report post" option even though it's dull in comparison.
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    I haven't noticed any of this, so I assume this is mainly a Bilge issue, where it always seemed to be found.

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    The Bilge? I never go there any more. Trying to watch my blood pressure. No, it’s happening above decks. It’s usually disguised as a legitimate post but then you get to a suspiciously vague url that leads you to an ad for cruise ships or body enhancement (ahem) or some such thing. (I assume, that is. Never click on those links myself you understand).
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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    Hmm, as a far too frequent denizen of the bilge I haven't noticed that particular problem…….yet.

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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    do you suppose this issue may have been the case with the 'odd' PM I received a short while back and which I posted about in the Bilge?

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    I’m pretty sure that PM is legitimate Bernadette. There is a guy named Matt who is converting a Monk cruiser (power boat) to electric power. He has posted on other forums about the electric conversion but it sounds like he may need some guidance on how to maintain a wooden boat.
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    This is clearly a spam post.

    It's pine tar, linseed oil, and terps...
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    Soap94
    I believe soap94 is one

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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    I've lurked for a long time but haven't noticed this. I signed up today and actually found the questions more difficult than most other websites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatgrumpycat View Post
    I've lurked for a long time but haven't noticed this. I signed up today and actually found the questions more difficult than most other websites!
    I was logged out for a long time and WB didn't take my password so I ended up trying to re register....the questions may keep bots out but I had to guess what city the Beattles were from. All I know is they are from England. After a few attempts on two unknown questions I cancelled and was able to get in with the forgot password option. I think new subscribers may have issues getting in and pass.

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    Spammers? I just reported one in "people and places" trying to sell skin remedies.

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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    They seem to come in waves. I think the tide is up today.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    They seem to come in waves. I think the tide is up today.

    Jeff
    It's a spring tide today! I wish the administrator could figure something out.
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    I have selected Wizbang as Admin of the Month. He can serve through the end of the year if that makes it easier for everyone. We can take the issue up again at the start of the new year.

    Paul Pless - would you please give Bruce the admin credentials?
    Last edited by Yeadon; 11-15-2022 at 05:46 PM.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    if you are triggered by eff bombs, i suggest putting some thickened dreadlock moisturizer in yer ears

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    I have selected Wizbang as Admin of the Month. He can serve through the end of the year if that makes it easier for everyone. We can take the issue up again at the start of the new year.

    Paul Pless - would you please give Bruce the admin credentials?
    Well, ok, but who is going to translate Whiz's banalities?

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    Once he's up and going you won't have to worry about that.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Bruce needs to get his act together, this place is under attack.

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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    I see 2 spam posts on the first page of all threads including the Bilge. That's being "under attack"?

    Annoying - sure.
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    Default Re: The spammers are taking over

    i think we had about 8 or 10 yesterday.
    i can dredge em back up if ya want
    a lil dreadlock moisturizer in yer cuppa ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    i think we had about 8 or 10 yesterday.
    i can dredge em back up if ya want
    a lil dreadlock moisturizer in yer cuppa ?
    I have as much need for it as you do...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    i think we had about 8 or 10 yesterday.
    i can dredge em back up if ya want
    a lil dreadlock moisturizer in yer cuppa ?
    At least they can write in English.

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    At least

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    It looks like the Forum has been purged of the offending spam.
    Let's hope it lasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I see 2 spam posts on the first page of all threads including the Bilge. That's being "under attack"?

    Annoying - sure.
    My take is they're on a push , and need to be nipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    My take is they're on a push , and need to be nipped.
    Fair 'nuf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Let's hope it lasts.
    It won't, trust me on that.

    Instead I choose to ignore 'em, unless I'm fooled by a clever subject line that make me wonder whether it might be legit.

    Next I look at the post count.

    1 is the number that will tell you PDQ it's not worth the click you were hesitant over.

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