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    Default PM Spammer----Alert

    Don't bother opening the PM from "PamelaBow" just another attempt at a spammer to waste your time


    Yes, it has been reported


    Bill

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    We had a ton of spammers register over the past two days despite Spam-O-Matic being installed as well as a number of rotating registration questions that require some level of automotive enthusiast knowledge. I've gone through each registration and banned about 20 from that group. If you receive an IM that's spam, please report it and I'll make sure that user was banned.

    Thanks,
    John
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    Thanks for the heads up.
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    John,
    Thanks for keeping on top of the spam slam.
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    Brief update: Spammers have gone nuts with 70 registering so far today. We've implemented manual measures to stop them from completing the registration process, but please report any that have slipped through or who have been laying dormant for a while.

    As part of the underlying spamming problem, notifications are temporarily disabled. That means you won't receive emails when a thread you are watching has an update, or someone sends you a PM Hopefully this will only last a couple of days, but it could be a bit longer. Thanks for your patience.

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Brief update: Spammers have gone nuts with 70 registering so far today. We've implemented manual measures to stop them from completing the registration process, but please report any that have slipped through or who have been laying dormant for a while.

    As part of the underlying spamming problem, notifications are temporarily disabled. That means you won't receive emails when a thread you are watching has an update, or someone sends you a PM Hopefully this will only last a couple of days, but it could be a bit longer. Thanks for your patience.

    -John
    Being in your shoes elsewhere on the web, I (we) appreciate your hard work. Not certain why the uptick recently (not just here), perhaps a spammer with deeper pockets for a smarter programmer. We shall adapt and overcome.

    Bill

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    Thanks Bill, but I've always dreamed of being a despot with my own totalitarian regime. Controlling the gates of registration and crushing the dreams of spammers is about as close as I'm ever going to get, so I don't really mind. Final total yesterday was 90 and they keep coming today.

    -John
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    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Thanks Bill, but I've always dreamed of being a despot with my own totalitarian regime.
    That reads great, until you realize that the spammer is actually a BOT written by a 8 year old, using a vintage Intel 80386 he picked up for a dollar at a local garage sale

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    We have completed implementing a number of changes to reduce the impact from spammers. PM is reenabled and notification emails are flowing again. However, there is a backlog for the latter, so don't be surprised if you receive thread update notifications for posts made several days ago. Hopefully things will be back to normal within a few days.

    Please let me know if you uncover any new issues.

    Thanks,
    John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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