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 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Jul 11, 2021 23:25
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Admin_Russell

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Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.
 Author: jbo210 View Messages Posted By jbo210
 Posted: Jul 11, 2021 23:49
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

I agree that limits may need to be implemented for new members to avoid this
nonsense. Wish you the best of luck and hopefully this can be contained soon.
Appreciate the work you do!
 Author: Stellar View Messages Posted By Stellar
 Posted: Jul 12, 2021 04:00
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

Thanks, it is really needed. maybe the limit is not needed to be one 1 or 2,
up to 5 or 10 posts would be easily cancellable.

Hope you have a good coffee while you cancel 13776 posts...

Users can update its settings to hide cancelled messages or hide messages from
the spamers here:
https://www.bricklink.com/messageFilter.asp
 Author: SomeRandomUser View Messages Posted By SomeRandomUser
 Posted: Jul 12, 2021 07:43
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In Administrative, Stellar writes:
  Hope you have a good coffee while you cancel 13776 posts...

This is one of those moments a bit of programming wouldn't hurt if no means
to wipe every post a user has made simultaneously exists.
 Author: Kuboteka View Messages Posted By Kuboteka
 Posted: Jul 12, 2021 04:09
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

The best way to prevent it in the future without limitation of new users used
on many forums - user can make post at the forum once a minute and answer to
the created post once a 30 seconds.
 Author: infinibrix View Messages Posted By infinibrix
 Posted: Jul 12, 2021 06:15
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.


Even if you allow new members 10 posts in a 24 hour period that might be a flexible
starting point as most questions/issues can be resolved within that number of
posts and even if it requires further replies they only have to wait until the
following day to continue where they left off. Can't imagine a spammer is
going to cause too much havoc with just 10 posts!

Either way I fear the bigger issue is that they are able to create multiple new
accounts so quickly and without the need to verify themselves in some way?
 Author: peregrinator View Messages Posted By peregrinator
 Posted: Jul 12, 2021 07:36
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

Another thing I would suggest: allow users to add "no longer registered" users
to their forum ignore lists. I was able to add a few of the spam accounts last
night but I see that the issue continues this morning, and I can't do anything
about the wall of "(Cancelled)" posts.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
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In Administrative, peregrinator writes:
  In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

Another thing I would suggest: allow users to add "no longer registered" users
to their forum ignore lists. I was able to add a few of the spam accounts last
night but I see that the issue continues this morning, and I can't do anything
about the wall of "(Cancelled)" posts.

You should be able to hide all canceled posts with a Forum setting.
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 Author: tEoS View Messages Posted By tEoS
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My BL / settings / my discussion forum settings

  You should be able to hide all canceled posts with a Forum setting.
 
 Author: StephenB76 View Messages Posted By StephenB76
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In Administrative, tEoS writes:
  My BL / settings / my discussion forum settings

  You should be able to hide all canceled posts with a Forum setting.

I'm Having issues with it applying, it says it's saved the changes then
when I go into the forum it hasn't and has even changed the view so that
it doesn't show all in order as the replies which I had it previously set
up doing
 Author: peregrinator View Messages Posted By peregrinator
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  You should be able to hide all canceled posts with a Forum setting.

I'm unable to save that setting -- it appears to save, but when I go
to the Forum it clearly hasn't taken, and when I go back to the Forum Settings
it's no longer checked, plus my other settings are reset.
 Author: StephenB76 View Messages Posted By StephenB76
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In Administrative, peregrinator writes:
  In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  You should be able to hide all canceled posts with a Forum setting.

I'm unable to save that setting -- it appears to save, but when I go
to the Forum it clearly hasn't taken, and when I go back to the Forum Settings
it's no longer checked, plus my other settings are reset.

Snap just said the same, whether great minds applies
 Author: tEoS View Messages Posted By tEoS
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It seems to work for me.

Google Chrome Version 91.0.4472.124


  I'm unable to save that setting -- it appears to save, but when I go
to the Forum it clearly hasn't taken, and when I go back to the Forum Settings
it's no longer checked, plus my other settings are reset.
 Author: peregrinator View Messages Posted By peregrinator
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In Administrative, tEoS writes:
  It seems to work for me.

Google Chrome Version 91.0.4472.124


  I'm unable to save that setting -- it appears to save, but when I go
to the Forum it clearly hasn't taken, and when I go back to the Forum Settings
it's no longer checked, plus my other settings are reset.

I'm using the same build, but it doesn't work.
 Author: tEoS View Messages Posted By tEoS
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After clicking Save Settings, does the banner appear that indicates the
your settings were saved?

  I'm using the same build, but it doesn't work.
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In Administrative, tEoS writes:
  After clicking Save Settings, does the banner appear that indicates the
your settings were saved?

Sure does.

My guess is that the settings appear to be saved because the form fields on the
page are populated by the submitted form data rather than being read back from
the database.
 Author: cosmicray View Messages Posted By cosmicray
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.

First, thanks for putting up with this, and operating a defacto wastewater treatment
plant. If only there was an anaerobic digestion tank for spammy forum traffic.

Second, with respect to new users having access to the forum ... my view is that
they should be restricted to one topic, sort of a "BL welcomes new members" topic
for the first 30 days or so, and possibly rate limit their activity. That would
corral them into a more manageable space.

Nita Rae
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In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.


As they say in Aliens. Nuke it from Orbit... Just to be sure.
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In Administrative, Macaronis writes:
  In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.


As they say in Aliens. Nuke it from Orbit... Just to be sure.

"It's the only way to be sure".....epic, top notch flick
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In Administrative, pitz8008 writes:
  In Administrative, Macaronis writes:
  In Administrative, Admin_Russell writes:
  Dear BrickLink members,

Because of the severe nature of the spam in our Forum today, we will need to
take steps to prevent excessive posting from new members. In the past we have
not placed limits because we wanted to keep the door open to new members who
may have issues that are not resolved with one or two posts.

Obviously, it's going to take some time to cancel all the spam from today.
Please bear with us, and contact me personally if you have any idea who you think
is behind this attack.

Thank you.


As they say in Aliens. Nuke it from Orbit... Just to be sure.

"It's the only way to be sure".....epic, top notch flick

TY for edit.. Been a few years wince I watched it and didnt bother to go google
and copy the Quote.
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