CleanTalk anti-spam in use (Update: Read completely if you have been rejected)


Posting rules: It shouldn't need saying, but... play nice. Please keep your discussions civil. You can disagree, just don't be disagreeable. And, of course, all of the usual stuff like no spamming. Tex adds: I'll be rigorously enforcing this as we go along. We're probably going to be a small community in a little lifeboat, so we can't have members at each others' throats. This is for the sake of the project as a whole. So when you post, pretend you're speaking in person with your very wealthy auntie who has always treated you wonderfully and currently lists you prominently in her will. I won't be tossing anyone out of the forums because we are all in this together (except spammers: immediate membership cancelation), but I'll delete suspect posts right away.


Our fight against forum spammers looks to be won. Ever since we switched on CleanTalk last Thursday, not a single spammer has successfully registered. CleanTalk has filtered out about 60 spammers that got past our first- and second-line defenses.

We had some initial problems with overly-aggressive rejection of some legitimate usernames. At our request, CleanTalk has reduced the sensitivity to where all of the ones that were falsely rejected wouldn't have been. (Read on...)

[The mass rejections over the past weekend weren't due to CleanTalk. They were entirely my fault, and I'm mortified at having made such a devastating typo while configuring one of our other anti-spam defenses.]

Although CleanTalk mainly watches over registrations from new users, it also watches over the first forum posting/comment by new users. If it sees something suspicious, it'll put that forum posting/comment into moderation, for us site admins to review and approve. So far, nobody's made a first posting/comment that needed to go into moderation.

It looks like CleanTalk is going to be a boon to us site admins. Riding herd on forum spammers was quite a nuisance, and it made running the site considerably less pleasant than it should've been. Now we're looking forward to concentrating on the good things about the site and about LightZone.

UPDATE, January 23, 2016:  If you believe you have been incorrectly prevented from registering, please contact us and we will try to fix the problem as soon as we can (we make no guarantees, though...).  Thanks for your patience, Tex and Doug.

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Great news!

I bookmarked CleanTalk if (doubtful) I ever have such needs.

 

Steve

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