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By santeewelding ·
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Do you suppose that the score ultimately will be settled with spammers, their cries lost during initial confusion, pandemonium, and death?
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I think the key is inconvenience.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Better automated spam rec ...

They want their botware to be able to fire off a gazillion posts in no time, and after that they want the posts to remain up for long enough to make a difference to the webcrawlers.

So if those two parameters could be targeted, they'd go sniffing for more victimizable places.
One thing could be a timeout between posts long enough to inconvenience the bot, but not long enough to even be noticed by a human poster.
*ahem* - that means not very long (I actually make my posts in short bursts between work, I get my brain all revved up while working, and then I need to let it stretch out once in a while, otherwise I go crazy). 15 seconds?
The IP ban is more serious, even if they just have to reset their connection, that's going to take minutes of their cash-getting-time.

And instantly taking out all posts of a spammer would be very effective too... they won't bother if they have nothing to show for it at the end of the day.

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Moderation

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why doesn't...

I can speculate regarding moderation. First, the limited number of staffers are having a hard time keeping up with the membership already. Second is the CNET policy of encouraging new members so they'll view the adverts, and delayed moderation would discourage that.

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Oh definitely...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Moderation

Keeping up with all the new members (mostly passers-by or lurkers) would be impossible, and that's without the botters deliberately inundating the system with fake memberships.

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Maybe something simple like a CAPTCHA

by wizard57m-cnet Moderator In reply to System Collapse

or at least validation by email prior to allowing a post. I feel for anyone that
is in a "moderator" status at any site. I went through those pains with my own
very small group. The time a moderator sometimes has to spend can easily
run into several hours per day, and that was with a small group of only about
100 members! Once I had a handle on the membership, I did set some of the
flags to automate the process more. However, any new member would first
have to have their return email address validated, and all new posts were
moderated until it was judged that the member was "legitimate".
I recommend using email address validation, as it usually trips up all but the
most sophisticated bots. Couple this with first XX number of posts must be
moderated, and the spam level would drop.
Thing is, I sometimes think CNET sites are now being reimbursed for all "click
through" visits, even by spam bots. It appears to the PTB at CNET that traffic
at TR, ZDNet, etc are increasing, therefore advertising dollars increase...
but that's just my hypothetical idea, no way of proving it.

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