As I write, 6 of the blog posts are pure spam. 2 on hair loss, one on water softener parts, I forget the other 3. That's half of the front page blog posts.

That means that half of the blog posts at this moment are spam.

What can we do about this?

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You can't do anything unless you know how they are getting in. If Ning had any kind of reasonable logging, you could try and map the originating IP and block it. My understanding is Ning logging is shit. Are there any settings in captcha that can be tweaked to make it more complex ?
beats me.

considering what appears to be a growing volume of these fake members and posts, maybe we need a "report spam" button (or is there one?). Of course, then there would have to be someone at the other end to do something about the reported spam.
Top of page > About Us > Report An Issue > Click on spam circle > copy-and-paste URL of spammer's profile

Does it take knowledge of captcha to then block the incoming spam profiles? If not: I'm willing to volunteer time to handle them if we have a "report spam" button.
What can we do about this?

Wait until one of the spam catchers wakes up and deletes it?
seems like a superhuman effort!
Heh. Waking up? Yes. Every day I display my superhuman powahs!
This would be nice, but not possible at this time. Hopefully in the future it will be.
I'd like breakfast-in-bed and a heated deskchair, too.
We are currently removing 40 to 50 spammers a day. And for the record, Ning has implemented several "fixes" to keep them out. These work for a while and then the spammers find a way around it.

One option we have is to require approval before someone becomes a member. I have been resisting this because I want to allow nonbelievers to join and get active quickly. We could try it and see what happens.
BR. RIchard,

Thanks for the response. 40-50 per day is terrible! I Guess I happened to log in when there was a breach in the hull! Kudos to Grundgetta!

Which is more work behind the scenes - requiring approval, or removing spams?

What if there was a report-spam system that allowed users to report spam, which then goes into a queue for review, and meanwhile stays off the front page?

I know that no system will be perfect. Seems almost like a Xtian plot to overwhelm the atheists with a weapon of mass spam. Nahhhh, they couldn't be that clever!
Kudos to Richard, too, as he also deletes spammers.



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