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  • Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

    Is it just me or are there a lot of visitors to this site whose usernames are made up of a random bunch of letters like "dslkfsdlkdlfsk". Are these bots of some kind? At every visit the number of users with these names seem to increase.

    Just curious.

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    They are spambots that are trying to spam the site. The software is moderating them so you don't see their posts but I have to ban their accounts manually. Right now they have all been banned but they have not logged out. I think the worse one got in 160 posts before I noticed him.

    Mark
    Last edited by ToUtahNow; 04-12-2013, 11:30 AM.
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

      I was talking to mark about this yesterday too.

      Mark burning the midnight oil staying on top of it.

      Looks like he fell asleep and double posted.

      Rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

        ...or it was the markbot.

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        • #5
          Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

          I logged on late last night and there were 1 or 2 regular users and about 14 bots - I think it's the worst I've seen.

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          • #6
            Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

            Originally posted by blue_can View Post
            I logged on late last night and there were 1 or 2 regular users and about 14 bots - I think it's the worst I've seen.
            These numbers don't reflect actual users that double as spambots ;-)

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            • #7
              Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

              There are 7 in here now as I post this.
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              • #8
                Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                those are bots
                Ive had to deal with a lot of them before from another forum
                people tend to use names that have some meaning
                as a moderator its usually a pain in the butt to deal with bots but the best recommendation is for the admin to use multi stage comparative recaptchas and logic types as well
                shooting the s*** is a lot more fun when you use hollow points (much more splatter)

                coffee hell gimme booze!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                  Some forums require an answer to some form of question that requires some thought by a real person as protection against bots at the time of registering for a new account - I guess that's not done here.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                    Had an automotive forum require you to know a random state capital. Problem was if you goggled it, and came back, it picked a different state

                    Joey thought it was funny, until she too was stumped.

                    Either needed another computer or need to be a history, geography major.

                    California never popped up.

                    Rick.
                    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 04-13-2013, 12:19 AM.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                      Anyone had any interaction with member "FIRST RESPONDERS"? pm me.
                      This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                        Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                        Had an automotive forum require you to know a random state capital. Problem was if you goggled it, and came back, it picked a different state

                        Joey thought it was funny, until she too was stumped.

                        Either needed another computer or need to be a history, geography major.

                        California never popped up.

                        Rick.
                        Yes sometimes even real people get stumped by the bot test. Another one I find is where you have to enter some numbers/letters from an image with the letters and numbers warped in a funny way. Sometimes the effect is so overdone I cannot really say what it's supposed to be and fail the test.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                          18 at this time. Wow Mark you are a better man than I ever will be. legal but I wish I was clever enough to be able to track these a-holes and flog their system. I have heard of this being done by someone here and they fried the mongrels system. Kharma is a ***** isn't it. Pity I am not as clever. I would be the public savior shutting down these down so we can progress with sensible conversations

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                          • #14
                            Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                            They are a nuisance that's for sure.

                            Hard to believe but half the traffic on the 'net is spam emails, cyber attacks, or bots like those hitting our forum.

                            Just think how fast it could be if all the traffic was meaningful and not junk.
                            Last edited by Bob D.; 04-13-2013, 07:14 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Users with usernames made of up a bunch of random letters

                              MAybe it is Julian Assange paying us back in some way..................!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              Seriously someone teach me how to make and unload a spam-ado(or pornado so I can dob them in to the authorities). Wouldn't it be good to see smoke coming from these things

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