- Joined Feb 24, 2006
I'd like to suggest that we ban and lock threads dealing with corrupted files. This is not really a forum for this kind of problem. What do others think?
E-mail verification IS required on registration. The spammers know this and know how to get around it (it doesn't take a very sophisticated bot to watch an e-mail address and respond).Why not just require email verification on registration? it would stop a lot of that garbage.
Additional measures you should need X amount of posts before you can post an outside link.
Our proxy server at work won't let us go to a lot of URLs. Isn't there a similar application for forums that would block links to known spam sites?
On the one hand this doesn't surprise me at all while, on the other, I shake my head and wonder what they think the point is of going after people that they KNOW are never going to give them a dime.The spammers are no dummies and are a Darwinian marvel. I used to get a ton of spam from eku.edu and fought back, reporting them to two anti/spam services, sending an email back to webmaster and postmaster of their domain and marking them as spam in my email client. For each and every email (spam) that they sent. It worked.
Kind of. They now have constructed their spam so it looks like I am spamming myself. The spam is increasing. I'll have to rip apart a message to develop my new strategy.
The microchip forum does not allow new users to post links. A pain but over all I think a good idea. I do not click on any links from a newbie no matter how well intentioned it might be.Lots of legitimate users post external links, often to pictures of schematics or projects. New users are more likely to do this than experienced users. We try to discourage links to external content, but the downsides of not allowing it exceed the drawbacks of doing so. If we don't allow it, then people can't post links to data sheets or to DigiKey searches or Google searches or reference sites or... well, you get the idea. It's not uncommon for a new member to join specifically because they have run across a question/thread they feel they can offer something to. That something often involves a link to an external reference/resource.
On the one hand this doesn't surprise me at all while, on the other, I shake my head and wonder what they think the point is of going after people that they KNOW are never going to give them a dime.
There are two possibilities (both of which are almost certainly true)Why I can't figure out how spam works at all. It is not lie this is a new thing. They must have to go through an awful lot of emails to hook a fish.
It's an option and there's no absolute correct answer. The owners of this forum have to decide what they believe is best for this forum.The microchip forum does not allow new users to post links. A pain but over all I think a good idea. I do not click on any links from a newbie no matter how well intentioned it might be.
Part of the philosophy we have here, though it isn't anything official and I'm really just speaking from my own impressions and experiences, is that we try to be pretty minimalist on the restrictions and rely on case-by-case actions, taken by humans (the mod staff), often in response to reports made by humans (other members). As long as that results on an overhead load that the mods can handle, that is the way we prefer to handle things. It's not perfect, bet I think it's the better approach as long as it remains workable. What we are trying to do is to develop better tools not to block posts, but to moderate potentially troublesome posts so that the case-by-case discussions and action can be taken before the general membership see it. That will keep some of the sausage-making process behind the counter.Banning links and not allowing pictures makes it really tough for a newbie to post a schematic, the one thing we request of almost everyone. There must be better ways to detect a human.
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