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We really need serious changes to the forum

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Drtooth, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    We're all sick of trolls and spammers wasting everyone's time. We should really think about the following.

    We need to do something about how members sign up. We need a waiting period back, or some sort of quiz or something. We also need stronger ips blocks. I know the mods are doing everything they possibly can, but they're running ragged trying to clean this board up.
  2. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I totally agree.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Having the same troll pop up 3 times in less than 24 hours shows there's something wrong with the forum. Not the mods, not the admins... the forum's software.
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, it's four times now, there was an extra duplicate account killed off earlier this morning.

    I'd also recommend keeping the "Spam Cleaner" button attached to a member's profile permanently, not just based on a short period of time so they can be banned regardless of when they signed up relevant to the date they show their true colors as spambots. And a way to be able to ban current members who are nothing but spambots as well.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What needs to be done is an IP blocking... now, unless the troll is able to change his own IP address, or has access to multiple different computers hooked up to different networks, then that's what needs to be done, because with Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail, etc., the troll is going to be able to register multiple different email addresses, and allow himself back onto the forum; the IP address is where the counterattacks need to start happening.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If only there was a way to track him through his ISP and put him on some sort of blacklist or something. This guy is no ordinary Troll. He's not doing it for the lulz or to PWN anyone... he's seriously mentally disturbed. Danger to himself and others.

    Didn't Bobthepizzaboy once say this guy was dangerously crazy and kept stalking him on Youtube, and became very disturbing when Bob didn't have some clip of something?
  7. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Is there a way to track the accounts to his email, and report his email account to someone?
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Email isn't going to solve matters, with so many free services out there for email (Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail, among others), it can easily register a new email addy and use that to register a new account here.

    Like I said earlier, what needs to be done is blocking its IP address, that will block it altogether, even from viewing the forum as a guest; the problem is if its clever enough to change its IP address (and even if it could, it would only differ by a number or two), or has access to different computers, or even views the forum through a proxy server, then it can still create new accounts, but the best solution is to block its IP address.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Something tells me he's a big enough loser to do that.

    I really think that someone needs to report him to the authorities. He needs to be locked in a padded cell.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'VE done that before.

    Granted, looking back on it in retrospect, I think I pretty much did get what I deserved, however, I was pretty much cyberbullied by an entire forum for a couple of different reasons, and then I was completely blocked and banned, as the admin and mod claimed I was the one instigating trouble, even though they bullied me just as much as the rest of the forum. Now I'm unsure how to actually go about changing my IP address (though I suspect that Comcast does it frequently, because I've noticed my IP address never stays the same for long whenever I look at Wikipedia histories), but a really sneaky tech savvy friend of mine told me a proxy servers that disguise/hide your IP address from websites you view, giving you true anonomity, so with that, I was able to get back into that forum, so I could see what they were still saying about me, and read about other crap that they've made up as well (one guy attached a fake email to a post, with my name and addy on it and everything, saying that I sent it to him and all).
  11. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    We also need more mods. A forum this size cannot function with just two. I know some forums have a mod for one particular section of the site.

    But it doesn't look like new mods are going to be added any time soon :/
    StevieOpossum likes this.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    And considering it's really only one mod who kind of runs the place whenever he has the time to, while the other one rarely has the time to. Not to mention our commandant has a life and all, what MC really needs is additional moderation from people who actually have the time to do so, there's a number of people here who pop in regularly, and have been here for quite some time, so there's a number of people who could easily qualify.

    It also would help if we had mods overseas as well, that way, activity could be monitored at all times.
    The Count likes this.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    There are, certain individuals I would nominate for Junior/Asisstant Mod status. But all I can do is keep banning the jerks as they pop up, which is why your help in reporting the idiots—both reporting the posts or posting in the Spammers at MC thread—will continue to help with the fight against such trash.
  14. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to know that the notifications are helping you, Ed. If there are other ways we can pitch in, please let us know!
  15. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I think this place could use a couple of extra mods to clean up after the spammers and trolls. One person can't do it all by themselves, it's just not fair to expect that.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    We need more mods, sure. But we also desperately need some changes to the format so said mods have an easier job.

    I still think we should track this guy down. Not just ban him, but see if we have any legal options to get this guy taken care of.
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh! !!!! *Lobs Holy Hand Grenade at the ongoing flood of spambots. Where the heck is that IP blocker button? Seriously, yesterday and today, during the midnight-morning hours it's been a continuous rush of multiple spam accounts coming from this nilquepost jerk who I can't ban because of the elapsement of a Spam Cleaner button attached to that particular member's profile. And they're obvious spambots cause they have gibberish-based names. All they do is loiter around the New Members thread. If only we could get Phil to help by dropping the hammer on these turds, that'd be greatly appreciated.
  18. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    I agree 101%. The amount of spam that's on here is appalling compared to other forums. Some forums have different mods for each section of the forum, I think that system works out pretty well. The problem is that nobody is volunteering to become a moderator. :concern:
  19. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    People HAVE volunteered. I led a bit of a movement a while back asking for more mods. The problem is that...nothing is being done. All our cries for more mods are being ignored.
  20. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    Maybe being a mod is too big a responsibility for them?

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