Spam issues here?


#1

Recently the site has been bombarded with spam. Are there any plans for countermeasures?


#2

The normal method is to set a group to “only members can post”. Once the robots find a mailable address, it’s all downhill from there.


#3

Yeah, it’s pretty frustrating. The language or character set is fooling the spam filter, it appears. I’ve added a bit of settings that might match if they come back (again).

Flagging helps a lot. A few of you “regulars” flagging posts from a new user will get them hidden. (Ralf, I think actually they got hidden after you flagged them; thank you!)


#4

The spammers are actually creating accounts with email addresses and from different IPs. From what I understand, the account are created by humans and each account only posts 3 spams. I’ve banned dozens of spammy accounts but since they only post 3 spams, it might be pretty useless…


#5

first post must be moderated, like in mailman.


#6

Discourse doesn’t seem to have an option for that. New users are already more limited.

Also, most new users are NOT spammers so I don’t think we want to discourage new folks too much. :slightly_smiling_face: